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Michigan Football

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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The Game: 'Position Battle' at center (Moosman vs. Molk)

(CLIF REEDER / Daily)

BY DAN FELDMAN

Redshirt junior David Moosman and redshirt freshman David Molk are competing to be the starting center, but there’s enough flexibility on the offensive line’s interior that this may not end up a true race.
Molk and Moosman can play guard, but Rodriguez said Moosman is better suited for that position. Neither redshirt juniors Corey Zirbel nor Tim McAvoy, the presumed starting guards, are established. So Molk and Moosman definitely could see snaps at guard.

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The Game: 'Position Battle' at running back (Minor vs. Brown)

(JEREMY CHO / Daily)

BY DAN FELDMAN

Juniors Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown are 1A and 1B right now in the race to be the top running back. And it might stay that way all season. With uncertainty at quarterback and Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense being run-heavy in its most recent form, there will probably be plenty of carries to go around.
To read the entire entry, click here.

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The Game: Photos from Aug. 12 football practice

(Clif Reeder / Daily)

BY CLIF REEDER

Managing Photo Editor Clif Reeder took photos of the Michigan football team's practice today.
A gallery can be seen here.

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Rodriguez says Shaw and McGuffie won't redshirt, plus a first-hand look at the quarterback competition

(CLIF REEDER / Daily)

BY DAN FELDMAN

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Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez confirmed running back Sam McGuffie and wide receiver Michael Shaw will not redshirt.
He also said freshman wide receiver Martavious Odoms will play this year.

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Twenty-seven pounds lighter, Taylor hopes he has heavy impact for Michigan football

RODRIGO GAYA/Daily

BY DAN FELDMAN

Senior nose tackle Terrance Taylor sat on a table in the commons at Schembechler Hall to talk to the media after the Michigan football team’s first day of fall practice last Monday. As sweat poured from his head, he rocked back and forth during the 15-minute interview.
When he got up, he joked the table would have broken last year.

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Quarterback competition gets more mysterious for Michigan football team

BEN SIMON/Daily

BY DAN FELDMAN

It’s a bit telling that when redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Obi Ezeh was asked about the Michigan football team’s quarterback situation today, the first players he mentioned were “No. 3” and “Carlos.”
“No. 3” is dual-threat freshman Justin Feagin, and “Carlos” is junior Carlos Brown, listed on the roster and self-described as a running back.
Neither are redshirt freshman Steven Threet or redshirt sophomore Nick Sheridan, the players Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez has repeatedly said lead the quarterback competition since the spring.

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