Football

The Michigan football team's offense has begun to click over the last month.

Over the last month, as Michigan’s offense has rounded into shape — finally starting to look like the high-powered machine that was promised during the offseason and what it so plainly wasn’t during the season’s first five weeks — the explanations from the program have been simple.

Fifth-year senior defensive end Michael Danna is nearing the end of his one year at Michigan.

Michael Danna had never experienced anything close to this, running out on the field for one of the best-known rivalry games in college football, helping his team blow that rival to bits and hoisting the Paul Bunyan Trophy up in the Michigan Stadium end zone.

The transition to a more up-tempo, spread offense has benefitted speedy receivers like freshman Giles Jackson.

Giles Jackson, then a four-star whose position in college was at question, committed last September. His skillset, based around speed, not size or technique, didn’t seem to fit into Jim Harbaugh and Pep Hamilton’s offense. To succeed as a receiver, Jackson would need to be put into open space, where he could make use of that skill set and pick up yardage after the catch. Gattis, of course, has built his offense around that very concept.

Presented by The Michigan Daily’s sports section, a rotating cast of writers discusses Michigan sports.

Senior sports editor, Ben Katz, and football beat writers Max Marcovitch and Theo Mackie discuss Michigan’s 44-10 rout of Michigan State and how the offense, led by quarterback Shea Patterson, is firing on all cylinders. Plus, a look ahead to Indiana.

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Redshirt freshman Cam McGrone has developed into a permanent starter and one of the Wolverines' key defensive pieces, moving beyond just his unrivaled speed.

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This year, in particular, few in and around Schembechler Hall are under any illusions about the challenge of going to Indiana and the cliche of the Hoosiers providing Michigan with a trap game.

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In 12 plays and 5:39, Michigan’s offense showed it all, and in the process offered a tantalizing hypothetical: Maybe this offense actually could be everything it once promised.

Sophomore receiver Ronnie Bell had 150 yards on nine receptions in Michigan's 44-10 win over Michigan State..

As the Michigan football team returned to the sideline with the end zone covered in towels, a stadium rocking and the game in hand, Ronnie Bell had his helmet off. He was talking to Josh Gattis. It was the start of the fourth quarter and the Wolverines were leading by 24.

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh stopped Shea Patterson moments before he trotted onto the field to put the finishing touches on his best performance as a Wolverine.

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Michigan rushed the field, lifting the Paul Bunyan trophy in the end zone and gesturing to the crowd.

Mark Dantonio walked off slowly, following his team into the tunnel.