Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 6:46pm
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I’ll preface this by saying: I hate writing about recruiting. I hate the speculatory, veiled insinuations. I hate the underlying transactional tomfoolery that is so abundant it’s best left unsaid. Grown adults begging (and paying) teenagers to come play for them. Other grown men and women living and dying with the choices of 17-year-old kids.

Some people know things, but aren’t allowed to say. Others know nothing, but uncork their opinions at every turn. It’s a fraught environment that I prefer to stay away from, if possible.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 6:52pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson played his last game at Michigan on Wednesday.

ORLANDO, Fla. — It was 487 days ago Shea Patterson stood at the podium in a crammed media room in South Bend, trying to explain what went wrong in Michigan’s 24-17 loss to Notre Dame. He’d been on campus for no more than six months. He’d been the starting quarterback for fewer than four hours.

But he promised better.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - 12:22pm
Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis came to Michigan from Alabama.

Wednesday afternoon, two of college football’s most storied programs will meet in the Citrus Bowl— each displaying its version of a modern college football offense. Fullbacks will be few and far between. Quarterbacks will take nearly every snap from the shotgun. There will be RPOs and read options. Las Vegas has set the over/under at 58.

Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 1:25pm
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Josh Gattis can laugh about it now.

The first snap of his Michigan tenure, the first play-call of his career, the first play of the Wolverines’ season ended with a fumble. Senior quarterback Shea Patterson scampered for 12 yards before coughing the ball up — the first of 13 giveaways in Michigan’s first six games of the year.

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 8:03pm
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The bowl game has become an annual metaphorical zombie for the Michigan football team. The team traverses to some warm, southern city, still wallowing from the letdown weeks prior, patently unmotivated to face off against an SEC opponent. For the last three years, the Wolverines have taken their lumps, underperformed, then haphazardly spewed that next year will be different.

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 5:54pm
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As the seconds continued to churn off the second-half clock Saturday, a sea of red began to funnel down the rows of Michigan Stadium. Chants of O-H-I-O from the traveling fan base rained down, and the locals filed for the exits.

The scoreboard was lopsided, and it would only grow moreso. The visiting sideline stayed composed because they’ve got more business to attend to in the coming weeks, and because nearly every one of them had been in this spot before, trouncing their supposed archrival. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 5:09pm
Junior wide receiver Nico Collins will be a pivotal part of Michigan's gameplan against Ohio State..

Even in a game that will feature future NFL talent up and down the field, Collins’ skillset will stick out. Ohio State will likely line up cornerback Jeff Okudah on Collins for the majority of the game, who, for all his merits, will be at a three-to-four inch size disadvantage. Collins, coming off a monstrous six-catch, 165-yard, three-touchdown outing against Indiana will be out for more in the most important game of his career to date.

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 9:49pm
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Just when all looked depleted, when the only source of intrigue for the Ohio State game was going to be the margin of defeat, Michigan lifted a moribund season from its already-constructed grave. In the process, it instilled just a kernel of that pesky, pesky thing called hope.

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 5:18pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson threw for 366 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday in a win over Indiana.

This year, the combination of talent and system are coalescing at the perfect time, and they give Michigan one clear reason for hope going into Saturday: quarterback Shea Patterson.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 8:02pm
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BLOOMINGTON — Nico Collins took his time walking off the field Saturday night. Helmet off, Collins peered up at a cluster of visiting Michigan fans. He heard a few “Let’s go Blue” chants mixed in with “Beat Ohio,” a smattering of yells rendering both incoherent.

Collins looked up and pointed his right arm at the fans. They responded in kind.