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Michigan-Utah Live Blog

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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.
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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.
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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

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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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The Game: Ask The Experts

BY DAN FELDMAN

94′ Alumnus: Whenever you read about Mike Barwis’s strength and conditioning program, you invariably hear about Terrance Taylor’s development. Who else has really benefited from this new program?
A lot of the players who have made the most progress are defensive linemen. Junior defensive end Brandon Graham has not only slimmed down, but his mental game is much improved.
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Zirbel, Robinson and Huyge out with injuries, Ferrara moves to guard

BY DAN FELDMAN

Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez has toed the line between holding physical practices and not getting his players hurt.
As a handful of players sat outside lines during today's practice wearing red jerseys, meaning they were out with an injury, the Wolverines are really beginning to feel the danger of physical practices.
Redshirt junior right guard Cory Zirbel's knee injury may be "long-term," according to Rodriguez.

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Michigan football players bowl for Mealer

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BY DAN FELDMAN

Michigan defensive line coach Bruce Tall had an unenviable task in January shortly after taking that job.
Toledo, Ohio is part of his recruiting territory, meaning it was his job to visit freshman offensive lineman Elliot Mealer, whose father and girlfriend died in a car crash on Christmas Eve on their way to Church. Mealer's 23-year-old brother, Brock, was paralyzed in the accident, too.
Tall said he was a little apprehensive about the visit, but it went smoothly.

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