Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:48pm
Michigan's defensive line must stay disciplined in its rush lanes against Army's triple-option offense.

Brian Smith remembers the first time he saw Army on the schedule. The reaction, naturally, was dread. Now the defensive coordinator at Rice, which lost 14-7 to the Black Knights last week, that’s what happens when he thinks about preparing his defense to face the triple option.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 9:16pm
Defensive ends Aidan Hutchinson and Josh Uche are a vital part of Michigan's new four-defensive end NASCAR package.

Saturday night against Middle Tennessee State, Don Brown introduced his latest innovation: NASCAR packages — looks with four defensive ends, bringing speed to the defense.
Michigan’s strength at defensive end lies in its depth. Sophomore Aidan Hutchinson and junior Kwity Paye are the starters, but Uche — typically a linebacker — can slot in as an edge rusher. Behind them, senior Michael Danna, a transfer from Central Michigan, brings a skillset that produced the nation’s second-highest success rate on pass rushes in 2018.

Monday, September 2, 2019 - 10:26pm
Redshirt freshman left tackle Ryan Hayes’ strong showing against Middle Tennessee adds questions surrounding the starting offensive line.

Eight seconds into the first game of his college career, Ryan Hayes faced his first test.

Khalil Brooks, Middle Tennessee State’s star linebacker, was barreling into the backfield, straight toward Shea Patterson’s blindside. Looking off a head fake from defensive end Malik Manciel, the left tackle dropped back, stared down the charging Brooks and nearly discarded him to the turf, allowing Patterson to escape the pocket.

Sixty minutes later, Hayes was Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s offensive player of the game.

Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 9:57pm
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The dominant, make-you-read-it-twice scoreline No. 7 Michigan (1-0) might have been hoping for against MTSU (0-1) never came — two turnovers in its own half and inconsistency on the offensive line made sure of that. But the diversity of Gattis’ offense shown through plenty in the Wolverines’ five-touchdown day.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 4:26pm
Senior Tru Wilson will be a part of the mix at running back for Michigan.

It’s the inescapable — if understandable — question surrounding Michigan’s run game. Charbonnet carries the sexiness of an unknown and the promise of a four-star, top-50 recruit.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 2:42am
Sophomore wideout Ronnie Bell has impressed in fall camp.

In these settings, Harbaugh prefers to be a man of few words, complimenting the player he’s been asked about and moving on to the next question. Parsing meaning can be fruitless — it’s rarely an endorsement or indictment. This time, he followed up with something far more telling: unprompted praise of sophomore receiver Ronnie Bell.

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:02pm
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Amid the excitement of Juwan Howard’s introductory press conference, there was an undeniable uncertainty ringing though Crisler Center. Neither Howard nor his players could speak to his on-court strategy and when asked about recruiting, Howard’s response was: “I haven’t just pinpointed exactly like, I’m going after the five-star, one-and-dones or I’m going to recruit three-star kids.”

Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 3:57pm
Michigan coach Juwan Howard worked to secure Cole Bajema's commitment after John Beilein left the program.

“The key factor in Cole coming to the University of Michigan was really a coaching compatibility decision at a great university,” Shane told The Daily. “Then, when that transition goes off and you wonder what’s gonna be next, it’s all about relationships and trust and continuity with the next coach. … But I think they made a great decision in choosing another person to carry out the legacy, of what is more than just Beilein’s legacy, but the Michigan legacy.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 4:14pm
With Juwan Howard at the helm, Michigan remains an option for 2019 recruit Jalen Wilson.

When 2019 four-star Jalen Wilson decommitted from Michigan last week, it continued a month-long downward spiral for the Wolverines. Jordan Poole and Ignas Brazdeikis unexpectedly left for the NBA before John Beilein shook the basketball world by following suit. Then, with Wilson’s decommitment, Michigan lost its top-ranked incoming signee.

Six days later, the Wolverines have found Beilein’s replacement, hiring Juwan Howard as their new head coach in a move Wilson said will “bring a big spark to the school.”

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:04pm
Ignas Brazdeikis, Jordan Poole, and Charles Matthews all stood out in the NBA Combine this week.

CHICAGO — As Michigan’s trio of draft entrants — Charles Matthews, Jordan Poole and Ignas Brazdeikis — set out to prove their NBA draft worth at Quest Multisport in Chicago, it was all business as usual. Brazdeikis used an array of dribble moves to get to the basket, Poole shone in the spot-up shooting drills and Matthews showed his value on the defensive end in front of NBA general managers.

If this week consisted solely of Thursday and Friday, it would have all been part of the plan. Normal, even.