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Michigan Football

Staff Picks

BY DAILY FOOTBALL STAFF

If you want your chance to be a star, e-mail danfeld@umich.edu. If you’re chosen and can beat at least two of us, you’ll stay on for another week. The longest tenured guest picker will get a prize at the end of the season.

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Nate Sandals: No more Ocho Cinco

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BY NATE SANDALS

I, for one, was happy to see that the NFL didn’t let the receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson wear “Ocho Cinco” on his jersey yesterday.
Ocho Cinco played yesterday’s game with a “C. Johnson” nameplate on his uniform, just like he has the past seven seasons.
In a statement released by Ocho Cinco’s team, the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL said it wouldn't allow the jersey name change and would continue to list the receiver as Chad Johnson on the official stats because “certain issues remain to be resolved.”

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Let's look beyond the quarterback

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BY IAN ROBINSON

Last week, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez announced quarterback Justin Feagin was redshirting.
The news appeared on the front page of ESPN.com and on the channel's Bottom Line ticker.
Feagin is a true freshman, a three-star quarterback recruit according to rivals.com, who has never made it onto Michigan's official two-deep depth chart. Is the decision to redshirt him really one of the 10 biggest headlines in sports?
It might have been a slow news day, but the Feagin hype just goes to show that there's been too much attention paid to the Michigan's quarterback situation.

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Entire defense makes a difference against RedHawks

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BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

Though the Michigan football team's offense was the center of attention after last week’s two-point loss to Utah, some of the most common criticisms from coaches and players concerned the defense.
It couldn’t stop plays up the middle. It allowed sustained drives. And, even with a line full of veterans, it looked overmatched and outplayed in the first half.
But against Miami (Ohio), the defense proved that redshirt sophomore linebacker Obi Ezeh wasn't its only weapon.

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Offense shows glimpses of potential in first win of season

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BY DAN FELDMAN

When legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler came to Michigan from Miami (Ohio) in 1969, his assistants had to hang their jackets on nails. They complained they had better facilities at their old job.
But Schembechler scolded them, saying Michigan had tradition they wouldn't find anywhere else.
The latest group making the trek from Oxford, Ohio to Ann Arbor found out the Wolverines still hung onto atleast one tradition amidst a regime change — beating Mid-American Conference teams.

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Michigan beats Miami (Ohio) for first win of season

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BY DAN FELDMAN

Oh, so that’s what the offense is supposed to look like.
After struggling offensively against Utah last Saturday, the Michigan football team (1-1) showed a better glimpse what its new spread offense can do when running on all cylinders in a 16-6 win over Miami (Ohio).
The Wolverines drove 77 yards in 2:04 for a touchdown on their first possession. In a nearly flawless drive, none of their five plays went for less than five yards.

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The Game: Michigan-Miami (Ohio) live blog

BY NATE SANDALS

We're live blogging this afternoon's non-conference game between Michigan and Miami (Ohio). Check back regularly for updates from the Big House.
To read the entire entry, click here.

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Michigan looks to execute against RedHawks

BY IAN ROBINSON

For first-year Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, the key to a successful second game is for his players to hit their spots.
"We got to be able to execute better," Rodriguez said.
Against Utah, missed assignments by linebackers in pass coverage led to big gains. Fundamental errors on the offensive line led to blown running plays. Misreads in the passing game caused incompletions and an interception.
Tomorrow's opponent, Miami (Ohio) (0-1), doesn't have the BCS hype Utah does, but that doesn't mean the RedHawks can be taken lightly — despite a season-opening loss to Vanderbilt.

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Rich Rodriguez: The man behind the myth

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BY DAN FELDMAN

Rich Rodriguez was the defensive line coach at Fairmont State (W. Va.) in the summer of 1989. Dusty Rutledge, a huge Wolverine fan, assisted Rodriguez there and wore a Michigan hat every day.
“He called me little Bo,” Rutledge said.
Now, 19 years later, many Wolverine fans are hoping it’s Rodriguez who replicates the legendary Michigan coach.

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Defense will be the key against Miami

BY DAN FELDMAN AND NATE SANDALS

Michigan rushing offense vs. Miami rushing defense

Last week against Utah, Michigan's running attack was practically invisible, netting just 36 yards. The Wolverines will again have a hard time igniting the ground game against the RedHawks this week.

Miami has plenty of experience in the box, especially at linebacker, where seniors Joey Hudson and Clayton Mullins and junior Caleb Bostic could wreak havoc on Michigan’s inexperienced offensive line.

If Michigan wants to have success on the ground, it will have to gain positive yardage on first down; something it struggled to accomplish against the Utes. True freshmen Sam McGuffie and Michael Shaw should improve each week, and it'll help that junior Kevin Grady is back in the mix after his team suspension for DUI was lifted this week.

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