Elodie Van Dievoet teed off Sunday morning knowing that it could be her last time as a Wolverine.
The Michigan women’s golf team was a long shot to make the NCAA Tournament, needing to win the Big Ten Championships to do so. But Van Dievoet still had a chance to finish her career on a high note.
Two years ago at the very same location — TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio — Van Dievoet secured her place in the record books by earning the program’s first-ever individual conference title. On Friday and Sunday, she shot a 142 for two under par and finished tied for fifth.
But now, teammates and coaches say Thomas has stepped up his game and come on as a player who could be a major contributor on a secondary that has a lost several key contributors — including cornerbacks David Long and Brandon Watson.
Mike Sainristil got the ball on a crossing route at the 23-yard line, beat his defender and coasted into the end zone.
It was the first drive of Michigan’s Spring Game on Saturday, and though there was no real scoring, it wasn’t lost on the crowd that the freshman wide receiver had scored the opening touchdown — well, insofar as there are touchdowns in a no-tackle scrimmage.
But if there’s one player who hasn’t really faced a true positional battle in his time at Michigan, it’s redshirt junior kicker Quinn Nordin. For a season and a half, the job was his and it wasn’t really a question.
Now, though? He’s locked in a bona fide battle with sophomore Jake Moody, a battle Harbaugh called “neck and neck” on April 3.
However, when Bush got injured and sat out the Peach Bowl, his absence proved that he was the true anchor of Michigan’s linebacking corps, leaving the Wolverines with a hole they struggled to fill. How others step up to fill that hole could determine how high Michigan’s ceiling is in 2019.