BY SCOTT BELL
Meet Ryan Mallett: the confident five-star prospect dubbed Michigan football's next great quarterback.
Last year, Michigan wrestled the 6-foot-7 signal caller away from the Texas and finally found the highly touted recruit it was searching for to replace Chad Henne.
The plan was all set: After a year of learning under Henne, Mallett would be ready to take over the reins at one of the biggest football programs in the nation next season.
But now, just two games into his freshman year, Mallett isn't waiting to be the man - he is the man.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
A rash decision may rob Michigan wide receiver Greg Mathews of a start against Notre Dame.
The sophomore appeared to kick Oregon safety Matthew Harris in the groin after Harris tackled Mathews in the fourth quarter.
Mathews had just caught a 5-yard pass, his lone reception of the game. A brief tussle ensued, but Michigan captain Jake Long quickly stepped in to keep the scuffle from escalating.
"Certainly it's nothing we're proud of," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "Greg is not proud of it. We don't want it, and we won't tolerate it."
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Brandent Englemon isn't in the business of making guarantees, but that doesn't mean he won't back one up.
So when the fifth-year senior safety heard a reporter ask wide receiver Adrian Arrington about Mike Hart guaranteeing victory, he didn't hesitate with his response.
"He's just trying to spark this team," Englemon said. "Being the captain, we have to rally behind him.
"Even though we lost the first two games, he still has the confidence in us to come out and guarantee a victory. And as a team, we have to rally behind him on this."
This past weekend was another tough loss for Michigan fans to swallow. But despite the incompetence on the field, the true embarrassment took place off the field and in the student section.
From where I sat in section 30, I saw three separate incidents of student violence. No, not Michigan students beating up on Oregon students. While I'd never condone that, I can at least make sense of it.
No, Wolverine fans were fighting other Wolverine fans.
Staff Picks recap: Mad props to Todd Karazim, who proved himself more than a worthy adversary this past week. Everyone was impressive, but Karazim outdid us all, picking two-thirds of the games correctly, which is really an insane feat. He will certainly be back next week to continue picking against the football writers, and we'll see if he can stay on for yet another week. Herman nearly completed a Big Ten sweep, nailing every game other than Michigan-Oregon and Penn State-Notre Dame.
BY JACK HERMAN: ON TAP
You guarantee victory next week.
I know you're injured and ran for 127 yards on Saturday. And you played just a little more than two quarters on your way to 188 yards last week. And, yes, the block you threw at the defensive lineman in the third quarter was impressive, too.
But really, this might be your most outrageous feat.
"We're going to win next week. There's not a question in my mind. I guarantee we win next week. I'm going to get this team ready."
Um, this Michigan team?
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
One hundred fifteen points allowed, 1,514 total yards allowed. Three heart-wrenching losses.
Those are statistics from the past three games Michigan has played against the spread offense. Both Oregon and Appalachian State operated out of the spread as Ohio State did last year. And those three squads combined to average 38.3 points and 505 yards against the Wolverine defense.
BY SCOTT BELL
Michigan fans, be careful what you wish for.
With 3:29 remaining in the first half, a large contingent of the student section broke into a "We want Mallett" chant.
When the players ran - well, limped - out of the locker room after halftime and Chad Henne wasn't there, you got what you wanted.
True freshman Ryan Mallett played the entire second half. But two turnovers and just 49 yards through the air later, I'm sure a couple fans are wishing they had bitten their tongues.
Now you may be stuck with what you wanted for longer than most thought.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
The "We want Mallett" chant started with 3:29 left in the second quarter and grew louder when the Michigan student section saw the freshman put on his helmet two minutes later.
Senior Chad Henne suffered a leg injury when he was forced out of bounds with just more than a minute left in the second quarter. Freshman Ryan Mallett strapped on his helmet, but Henne finished the half. He didn't return to the sideline for the third quarter, leaving the offense in Mallett's hands.
And what a game for Mallett to make his debut.