Monday, September 16, 2019 - 8:27pm
Junior defensive back Ambry Thomas defied expectations and recovered from Colitis in time for the season.

Fans have known about Ambry Thomas’s offseason plight. They saw his triumphant return, featuring an interception in the season-opener against Middle Tennessee State. They even briefly heard from Thomas himself about what it meant to see the field once again after his fight with Colitis. But on Monday afternoon, Thomas revealed even more about the depths he found himself in over this summer, the massive hurdles he was forced to overcome on the road to recovery from Colitis — a chronic inflammatory disorder in the — and the real threat it posed to his junior season.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 3:23pm
Before senior Nick Eubanks' mother passed away, she left him with a parting message: “It’s going to be alright.”

Nick Eubanks felt chills when he heard the play-call. He knew it was one designed to free him over the middle, a play Michigan had practiced repeatedly in the lead-up to its Nov. 17, 2018 bout with Indiana. He lined up on the right side of the line, put his hand on the ground, heard the cadence and started flying as if carried by the wings of an angel.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 6:21pm
Senior linebacker Jordan Glasgow has impressed Don Brown through two weeks of the season.

That gives him the license to make a determination that strays from conventional wisdom a time or two. On Monday, that particular claim came in regard to senior VIPER Jordan Glasgow. “I’ll say this, and I might be criticized: This guy might be one of the best players in the Big Ten,” Brown said. “Watch him run and hit people. Just watch him play.”

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 9:40pm
With Michigan's back to the wall against Army, Don Brown drew up a game-changing goal-line stand.

The Black Knights completed a 29-yard pass to vault into the Wolverines’ territory, then slowly marched inside the 10 with under nine minutes to play in the third quarter. That’s when Don Brown’s defense toughened up and made its game-changing sequence happen.

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 9:19pm
Though the Michigan football team came out with a win Saturday, there was plenty to be concerned about in all facets of the game.

By the skin of its teeth, the Michigan football team emerged victorious on Saturday against Army. That has done little to deter criticism in its aftermath. The Wolverines enter their first of two bye weeks, with more questions than answers through two weeks.

How much of that cynicism is warranted? Let the official Michigan Daily Panic Meter assess those worries.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 5:56pm

“They’re going to be teammates and most of them are going to go straight into a combat zone. So what they’re building here will stand in a good stint for the next 40 years. He and I have been classmates for 40 years — ‘78,” said Chuck Dimeco, a former Army football player, before the game, gesturing to the man seated by his side. “That, I think, is different than what you get at a regular university. These guys have a reason for being there other than being on the field.”

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 5:04pm
Army's triple-option offense poses a unique threat, but the Black Knights scored just 14 points last week against Rice.

After reviewing the tape, though, Michigan might be able to identify a few unexpected weak spots. Here are five thoughts from Army's win last weekend, and how the Wolverines might approach the matchup with that in mind.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 9:29pm
Graduate Transfer defensive end Mike Danna earned praise from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for his performance.

It was a gamble, and Mike Danna knew it.

All things considered, Danna had it good. In three seasons at Central Michigan, he tallied 27.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. Nearly half of each came in his junior season in 2018, a year which ballooned his national profile. 

Pro Football Focus graded him as the nation’s 22nd-best player in its preseason top 50 rankings — noting his 24.3 percent success rate on pass rushes in 2018 as the second-highest in the country.

Monday, September 2, 2019 - 7:53pm
Redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey’s role this season as Michigan’s backup quarterback has thus far been in run-option looks and other trick plays.

Still, while Michigan’s quarterback depth is one of this team’s biggest strengths, that doesn’t justify using it on some milquetoast gimmicks. This is not a position in which an excess of quantity on the field generally translates to quality. Frankly, if there is a single important play this season in which Patterson isn’t under center, something has gone wrong or someone has erred.

Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 12:14am

The early returns? Some good, some bad and plenty to digest.