Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 8:26pm
Redshirt sophomore linebacker Jordan Anthony (center) showed against Army that's he's a valuable depth option for the Michigan football team.

The example was small and understandable enough that Brown could explain it to a group of reporters — most of whom aren’t qualified to step onto a football field — in minutes. So imagine a whole book of them, then imagine a player getting that responsibility thrust on him midgame, and then you might understand Jordan Anthony’s predicament.

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 7:21pm
Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis lamented some mental mistakes he believes are handicapping the offense..

It’s unlikely Josh Gattis ever tried to envision what his first in-season press conference as Michigan’s offensive coordinator would look like because, frankly, he has better things to do. But if he did, he probably didn’t picture reporters trying their best to play Operation, guessing at potential issues to try and find an answer for why his offense hasn’t worked.

Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 5:21pm
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson has lost three fumbles in 2019 -- but he's not responsible for Michigan's lackluster play.

It makes sense to be alarmed right now — to see the need for change. The Wolverines are lucky to have won their first two games despite both coming against clearly inferior teams. They’ll go to Wisconsin after the bye week, seemingly unready to win a game of that magnitude, and with Michigan’s schedule, a loss in the third game of the season means you might as well wrap the whole thing up. It doesn’t make sense to bench Patterson as a result of that alarm. He isn’t the problem. Everything else is.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 3:40pm
Michigan wins 24-21 against Army at the Big House Saturday.

Michigan escaped an upset bid, pulling out a 24-21 double-OT win over Army, moving to 2-0 in a game that could have derailed its season before Big Ten play even started.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 1:53am
Jim Harbaugh brought his father, Jack, onto Michigan's staff in 2016.

He has learned that any time he spends outside of football must be spent with family, a necessity when two things of that magnitude of importance play a role in your life. “When he’s not doing football,” said Willie Taggart, who called on Jim as his best man at his wedding, “typically he’s with them.” Thus, Jim’s public life lends itself to interpretation while his private life remains deeply guarded, their intersections dissected largely in football terms.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:43pm
Senior tight end Nick Eubanks figures to play a large role in Michigan's offense this year with his unique skill set.

Eubanks, a senior tight end, came to Michigan at 236 pounds. He checked in this year at 6-foot-5, 256 pounds, or in other words, the same height and four pounds smaller than Travis Kelce of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
Athletically speaking, that means Eubanks can line up next to a tackle and block. It means he can split out wide and run a route. It means he’s probably bigger than most defensive backs and faster than most linebackers, which in turn means that when defensive coordinators prepare for the Wolverines, they need to spend time figuring out how to deal with Nick Eubanks.

Monday, September 2, 2019 - 6:04pm
Freshman running back Zach Charbonnet has already impressed Jim Harbaugh with not just his rushing play but also pass protection.

None of that praise was ill-conceived — after an offseason of questions surrounding the position, Charbonnet gave Michigan some answers. He attacked the holes that opened up for 90 yards on eight carries, including a 41-yard gallop where he blasted through the line, got into the open field and picked up a handful of extra yards once Middle Tennessee State’s defense caught up.

Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 12:14am
Senior quarterback Shea Patterson threw for three touchdowns in Michigan's 40-21 win over Middle Tennessee State.

Patterson, in reality, was his own worst public relations manager on a night where. by and large, he played just fine and maybe even better than that.

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 11:39am
Michigan opens its season against Middle Tennessee State on Friday.

We’re just gonna put some thoughts on paper, because it makes more sense to do that in a story than in a Twitter thread. Think of it as some combination of what I’m looking for, questions I’ve been pondering and takes that will probably turn out poorly.

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 8:08pm
Senior punter Will Hart led the Big Ten in yards per punt last season.

Hart will never get plaudits for a precise drop, the right amount of hangtime or placing the ball in just the right spot.