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Michigan Football

Grady and Rodriguez mum on running back's status

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BY DAN FELDMAN

By just talking to redshirt junior running back Kevin Grady today, you wouldn’t have the slightest idea he’s not back on track after an ACL tear sideline the rivals.com five-star player for all of last season.
Grady started at running back in Michigan’s spring game in April. And he’s excited about the open competition for playing time under Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez.
“I really can’t put into words how happy I am, and excited I am, about being able to go and play in that stadium again,” Grady said.

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Morales hasn’t signed letter of intent yet

BY DAN FELDMAN

Freshman long snapper George Morales might have the most curious scholarship situation of anyone on the Michigan football team.
Few long snappers receive a scholarship out of high school, but Morales was offered one by former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.
After the Las Vegas native won a long-snapping competition at Michigan’s high school camp last summer, Carr called Morales into his office and offered him a scholarship. Morales wanted to accept on the spot, but Carr told him to take some time to consider and to talk with his family. About a week later, Morales committed.

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Roundtree and Shaw discuss decision to spurn other schools, commit to Michigan

(CHANEL VON HABSBURG-LOTHRINGEN/Daily)

BY DAN FELDMAN

Freshman wide receiver Roy Roundtree couldn’t sleep the night before national signing day in February. He was debating whether to stick with his oral commitment to Purdue or switch to Michigan, so he called his uncle for advice.
“ ‘Do you want to go to a winning tradition, or do you want to go to a school really in the Big Ten, always at the bottom?’ ” Roundtree said his uncle asked him. “Well, I was like, ‘I want to win. I want to have a nice college life. So I want to go to a school that’s going to win and produce players.’ ”

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The Game: Ask The Experts

BY DAN FELDMAN

The Dog: Who do you think will be the offensive MVP this year?
If either redshirt freshman Steven Threet or redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan comes around at quarterback, it will takes at least a few games, which eliminates them.
Even if one of the quarterbacks plays well, they will spread the ball around to so many receivers and tight ends that those guys don’t make sense here.
To read the entire entry, click here.

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Inside the Michigan Stadium construction

(CLIF REEDER / Daily)

BY DAN FELDMAN

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Michigan Stadium has been nearly unrecognizable to anyone passing by in the last several months.
But the construction to add suites and premium seating in time for the 2010 season hasn’t changed the look from within much.
A couple of months after Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez and recruits went into the stadium, University architect Doug Hanna led the media in a tour of the construction.

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Rodriguez pushes competitiveness through "Wolverine Teams"

BY DAN FELDMAN

Anyone who has met Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, or even seen him on television, can identify his fierce competitiveness.
And he’s trying to instill that same attitude in his team. All the players have been divided into “Wolverine Teams” and try to earn points for their team. There was a draft in the spring to pick teams, but, during the fall, the players are in eight teams based on their position.

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NASCAR drivers take in Michigan practice

BY IAN ROBINSON

At his press conference this afternoon, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez talked about he wanted his quarterbacks to make quicker decisions.
Standing in the back of the room were two people who can make decisions at the speed Rodriguez desires: NASCAR drivers Sam Hornish Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

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Injured Mealer inspires Michigan, Wolverines give back to his family

BY IAN ROBINSON

Freshman offensive tackle Elliot Mealer probably won’t get any playing time this season, but that doesn’t mean he won’t impact the team.
Last Christmas Eve, Mealer was involved in a car accident that took the life of his father, David, and girlfriend, Hollis Richer, and paralyzed his brother Brock.
Elliot injured his shoulder in the accident and won’t participate in August practices. Even though he can’t participate, Elliot still comes to practices.

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The Game: Position Battles

(CHANEL VON HABSBURG-LOTHRINGEN/Daily)

BY DAN FELDMAN

Posts in the “Position Battle” feature will be updated with dated entries as the various races unfold through August practice and possibly into the season. The list of competitions monitored will increase if more develop. So check back to monitor each “Position Battle.”
Quarterback
Running back

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The Game: 'Position Battle' at middle linebacker (Ezeh vs. Thompson)

(JEREMY CHO / Daily)

BY DAN FELDMAN

Even though redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Obi Ezeh was a Freshman All-American last year, he may not start at that spot this year. Fifth-year senior John Thompson has shown plenty of talent in games and has teammates raving about him in practice this year.
To read the entire entry, click here.

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