Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 4:54pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson has fumbled four times in two games.

Patterson wasn’t available a week later, after the Michigan football team’s 24-21 win over Army in double overtime Saturday. But his words echoed through the press conference nonetheless.

I gotta take care of the football.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:32pm
Shaun Nua brings experience against the triple-option, having coached defensive line at Navy from 2012-17.

Shaun Nua remembers the last time he beat Army. That December day in Philadelphia four years ago, Nua was on the sidelines, coaching defensive line at Navy — the Black Knights’ fiercest rival. The Midshipmen finished with eight tackles for loss and three sacks in rivalry win number four for Nua, now Michigan’s defensive line coach. Together, those four victories were Nua’s favorite rivalry moments.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 9:20pm
Senior guard Michael Onwenu committed to slimming down in the offseason to prepare for the no-huddle tempo.

Last season, Michigan’s offense huddled before every play, taking its good sweet time to get in formation. But under new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, that’s changed.

And with a new no-huddle system designed to push the tempo, senior guard Michael Onwenu knew he needed to get into better shape. So he changed his daily habits in the offseason to become healthier while still maintaining the bulk that gives him push on the offensive line.

Now, as he put it, he’s able to “hold up and stay alive” at the game’s new speed.

Monday, September 2, 2019 - 5:06pm
Despite Michigan football’s 40-21 win over Middle Tennessee, the Wolverine defense still hopes to correct sloppy play heading into next week’s game against Army.

Eventually, things reverted to the mean, and the Michigan football team cruised to an easy 40-21 win. But that wasn’t how things were supposed to go for one of the top defenses in the country, facing the No. 101 team in preseason SP+, much less on the first drive.

Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 12:12am
Sophomore cornerback Ambry Thomas had an interception in his improbable return in Michigan's season-opener.

Ambry Thomas knew the play Middle Tennessee was about to run. He’d seen it before, a couple plays earlier. He had a feeling he’d be the target.

Then, there he was, reacting, knowing he had to make a play. Blue Raiders’ quarterback Asher O’Hara threw the ball at him and he picked it off like there was nothing to it, halting Middle Tennessee’s momentum in the middle of the first quarter in an eventual 40-21 win.

Mere weeks ago, such a key play from the junior defensive back seemed nearly impossible. But Ambry Thomas had no regard for the odds.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 3:27pm
Wide receiver Mike Sainristil is among the freshman getting acclaim from Michigan's coaching staff..

But there’s another reason 2019 is like 2017 for Michigan football — an influx of hyped freshmen, many of whom are likely to see playing time on both sides of the ball.

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 3:51pm
Aidan Hutchinson will play a key role in replacing the production left by the departures of Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich.

The freshmen on the defensive line have done a lot of screwing up in fall camp. At least, if you ask Aidan Hutchinson.

But it’s not entirely a bad thing.

“Obviously, they’re screwing up a lot in practice, which is expected, and you gotta let them learn from their mistakes,” the sophomore defensive end said. “But you can also ease that transition into helping them with some little things, but for the most part they just gotta learn from what they do, you gotta do the things, you do them wrong and that’s how you learn.”

Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 6:29pm
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The Michigan men’s soccer team had just 12 days to prepare for its season opener. So coach Chaka Daley tried to engineer as many challenges as possible.

Most exhibition matches for power conference teams are designed blowouts against far-inferior teams. Not for the 24th-ranked Wolverines, though. They played on the road at Cincinnati and Akron, both moves designed with upcoming games in mind.

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 12:45pm
Rising junior outfielder Jesse Franklin is one of three Wolverines playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League.

CAPE COD, Mass. — Jesse Franklin smacked a single, then motored into second on the throw home.

Waiting for him there was none other than Jack Blomgren. Reunited briefly with his Michigan teammate, Franklin took the opportunity to mess around with Blomgren.

Franklin and Blomgren are two of three Wolverines who headed to Cape Cod for summer ball after their second-place finish in the College World Series. Franklin plays outfield for the Brewster Whitecaps, Blomgren is an infielder with the Wareham Gatemen and left-hander Angelo Smith pitches for the Orleans Firebirds.

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 10:46am
Phil Martelli will be joined by Howard Eisley to complete Michigan basketball's assistant coaching staff.

John Beilein was the veteran coach who filled his bench with younger, up-and-coming assistants. For new coach Juwan Howard, it was the opposite for his first hire.

It had long been rumored that Howard, a young coach with no college or head coaching experience, was looking for a veteran head coach to join his staff, and Howard has now found that person in former St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli, according to a report from NBC Sports Philadelphia.