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Michigan Football

Rodriguez and co. can't come away with win in opener

(SAID ALSALAH / Daily)

BY NATE SANDALS

It was a game of firsts for the Michigan football team: The first game under new head coach Rich Rodriguez, the first game in adidas uniforms and the first significant playing time for its two quarterbacks, redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan and redshirt freshman Steven Threet.
But the first win of the new era proved elusive as the Wolverines couldn’t complete a late comeback effort and lost to Utah, 25-23, in front of 108,421 at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

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Nate Sandals: It's about time fans got realistic

Said Alsalah/Daily

BY NATE SANDALS

How can a pair of two-point losses feel so different?
Last season, the No. 5 Michigan football team opened its season with a devastating two-point loss to Division I-AA Appalachian State.
Last Saturday, the 2008 Michigan football team opened its season with another two-point loss, this time to a very talented Utah squad — a team many are comparing to the undefeated Utes of 2004.
The scoreboard showed the same result, so why did the walk home from the Big House feel so much better this year than it did last year?

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Michigan opens Rodriguez era with a loss

Rodrigo Gaya/Daily

BY NATE SANDALS

In the first game of the Rich Rodriguez era, Utah took the lead in the second quarter and went on to hold off the Wolverines for 25-23 win, in front of 108,421 at Michigan Stadium.
Redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan got the start for the Wolverines and had some solid moments early, though he showed signs of inexperience as the game wore on.
Michigan opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game.

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Michigan-Utah Live Blog

(RODRIGO GAYA / Daily)

BY IAN ROBINSON

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The Game: 'the blue 2's' football breakdown

BY ANTHONY OLIVEIRA

Although this comes a bit late, there's no such thing as too much college football analysis. "the blue 2" sits down with Daily Sports Editor Dan Feldman and talks about tomorrow's matchup between the Utes and the Wolverines. We revisit the position battles, most notably on the offensive side and gather what Michigan Rich Rodriguez needs to do for the win.
To read the entire entry, click here.

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Breaking down Saturday's game against Utah

BY DAN FELDMAN AND IAN ROBINSON

Michigan passing offense vs. Utah passing defense:
Whether redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan or redshirt freshman Steven Threet starts, the Wolverines’ passing game will likely struggle Saturday. Both quarterbacks have limitations — Sheridan may have trouble seeing over the line and doesn’t have a lot of arm strength; Threet struggles throwing on the run. And Michigan’s offensive line, replacing four starters, is likely to struggle.

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The Game: 'the blue 2' features Mike Hall in a video interview

BY ANTHONY OLIVEIRA

As another football season returns, it's also time for the return of "the blue 2." And after fading away last year, this time it's better than ever. "The blue 2" is now a two-minute, twice-a-week video podcast adding another dimension to Daily Sports. We'll be bringing you more writer analysis, student reaction and athlete features.
[...]To read the entire entry, click here.

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Rodriguez avoids naming quarterback

Redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan (center) throws a pass during practice yesterday. He has been named one of two likely starters, along with redshirt freshman Steven Threet, at left.

BY IAN ROBINSON

Michigan fans will probably have to wait until Saturday afternoon to see who will be the Wolverines' starting quarterback.
In his final press conference before Saturday's opener against Utah, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez continued to dance around questions about whether redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan or redshirt freshman Steven Threet will start.
"No, I'm not ready to announce one today," Rodriguez said. "Even if I was ready to, I'm trying to think 'Why would I?' "

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"Victors Walk," captains and Witherspoon update

BY DAN FELDMAN

Victors Walk: The Michigan football team will try to duplicate the success this year of last season's Capital One Bowl upset of Florida.
Before that game, the Wolverines entered the stadium by walking between lines of cheering Michigan fans. It was the first time junior defensive end Brandon Graham had ever experienced anything like that.
"It got me hyped," Graham said. "It got everybody hyped. The energy was there."

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Michigan releases football depth chart

(RODRIGO GAYA / Daily)

BY DAN FELDMAN

The Michigan football team released its depth chart for its opener against Utah on Saturday. Here's the two-deep:
OFFENSE
Quarterback
1. Redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan or redshirt Freshman Steven Threet
Running back
1. Freshman Sam McGuffie or freshman Michael Shaw
2. Junior Brandon Minor or junior Carlos Brown
Fullback
1. Redshirt sophomore Mark Moundros
2. Sophomore Vince Helmuth
X receiver
1. Junior Greg Mathews or freshman Darryl Stonum
Z receiver

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