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Friday, July 3, 2015

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Michigan Football

Freshman linebacker to transfer before seeing game action

BY DAN FELDMAN

Apparently one game was enough.
A couple days ago, freshman linebacker Taylor Hill decided to transfer. He didn’t play in the Michigan football team’s opener against Utah.
The Youngstown, Ohio native indicated to Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez he wanted to transfer to a school closer to home.
“He’s a good young man from a good family,” Rodriguez said. “We hope it works out for him."

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Five players invited back by Rodriguez after football open tryout

(SAID ALSALAH/Daily)

BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

Five players made it past yesterday’s open tryout at 6:00 a.m. in Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. Of 28 prospective Michigan football players, Matt Cavanaugh, Jordan Kovacs, Dominique Ware, Russ Farha and Gabe Pena were invited back for further evaluations.

The five chosen from yesterday’s tryout will undergo eligibility and “character checks” before returning for another evaluation. Though all the walk-ons will have to adjust to practice, Rodriguez said one or two of the athletes from yesterday’s tryout could potentially land on the dress list this season.

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Football open tryouts draw 28 hopefuls to Oosterbaan; five athletes earn chance at additional tryout

BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

Update, 7:00 p.m.: The results of the tryouts were posted at 2:30 p.m. today. Matt Cavanaugh, Jordan Kovacs, Dominique Ware, Russ Farha and Gabe Pena were selected to participate in an additional evaluation which could result in making the fall roster.
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff held tryouts for the Michigan football team at 6 a.m. today in Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. The tryout, which lasted an hour and a half, attracted 28 athletes with talent ranging from walk-ons who participated in last year's extended tryout to students with no football experience.

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Weekend college football games offer intrigue despite lack of marquee matchups

BY GJON JUNCAJ AND IAN KAY

This weekend’s slate of college football games isn't for the casual fan. There are no matchups between ranked teams, but some underdogs are salivating at the chance to restore their reputation and spoil potential national championship campaigns.
Miami at No. 5 Florida

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Around the Big Ten

AP Photo

BY MICHAEL BERTENTHAL AND RYAN KNAPP

The Big Ten features several less-than-thrilling games this week, as teams gear up for the fast-approaching conference season.
Ohio at No. 2 Ohio State

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At middle linebacker, Ezeh emerges as a leader

BY NATE SANDALS

All summer, the Michigan defense got a lot of hype — most of it highlighting the veteran line and secondary.

But when the Wolverines took the field against Utah last Saturday, it was the leader of the unheralded linebacker corps — redshirt sophomore Obi Ezeh — who made the biggest impact.

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Quarterback shuffle continues after mediocre performances

Rodrigo Gaya/Daily

BY COURTNEY RATKOWIAK

It’s not often that a one-time walk-on receives some of the wildest pregame cheers from the Michigan Stadium crowd.
On Saturday, that ovation belonged to Nick Sheridan. But this weekend, the home fans may be cheering for last week's second choice.
After redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan and redshirt freshman Steven Threet turned in less-than-thrilling performances in Saturday's 25-23 loss to Utah, the Wolverines still have no clear-cut frontrunner for the job.

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Dan Feldman: Michigan not lacking hype, needs more substance

(RODRIGO GAYA/Daily).

BY DAN FELDMAN

I know you were excited for Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez’s first game Saturday. I know because you helped fill Michigan Stadium 30 minutes before kickoff. Last year, that only happened for Ohio State.

And I don’t buy that it was because the Athletic Department urged fans to arrive early because of the construction. You wanted to see the new Michigan because of everything you heard this offseason.

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Running game disappoints

BY IAN ROBINSON

Heading into the season, the Michigan backfield received more hype than any other position group.
Freshman Sam McGuffie's YouTube fame preceded him. Running backs coach Fred Jackson said McGuffie and fellow freshman Michael Shaw were part of his best recruiting class ever. Veterans Carlos Brown and Brandon Minor gave the Wolverines depth beyond the newcomers.
Expectations were high.
But production was low against Utah. Michigan compiled just four rushing yards in the first half and 34 for the game.

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