Daxton Hill, Joe Milton and Michigan's run defense are three of the biggest storylines going into Saturday's game against Michigan State.

Since Michigan lost to Ohio State on Nov. 26, 2016, shifting the tides of the Jim Harbaugh era, there have been few weeks like this one at Schembechler Hall.

Michigan's young receivers are finding their rhythm with Joe Milton at quarterback.

Unlike last year, when quarterback Shea Patterson completed over half his passes to the trio of Ronnie Bell, Nico Collins and Donovan Peoples-Jones — even when no one in that group was open — junior quarterback Joe Milton showed that he was capable of throwing the ball to anyone in the 49-24 victory.

Michigan's defensive line had a strong start to the season.

At some point on Saturday, Jim Harbaugh came to a realization.


To put it shortly, the move didn’t work. Mason got pushed around on the defensive line, and by about the fifth game of last season, he started to move back to offense full time. Now he’s back down between 255 and 260 pounds, and back in a role he loves.


With so many new players stepping into significant roles, the onset of the pandemic presented an opportunity for the Wolverines to build trust in one another. It was clear they had accomplished just that on Saturday night, when the team’s first-time starting quarterback and a nearly brand new offensive line looked like a veteran unit.

Joe Milton displayed his growth over the few years on Saturday.

For years, Joe Milton has operated behind the scenes, preparing for his moment in the spotlight.

Erick All showed how talented he is on Saturday's season-opening win.

Blocking is something All has worked on diligently since arriving in Ann Arbor last year, and in the grand scheme of things, is significantly more meaningful than a drop here or there.

After a year of transition, Josh Gattis' offense found it's identity this weekend against Minnesota.

What you will get is a masterclass in offensive efficiency, thanks to the game plan of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis.

With eight rushes for 52 yards, Joe Milton's first game as Michigan's starting quarterback highlighted his many strengths.

In his debut as a starter on Saturday night, the junior quarterback was Michigan’s leading ball carrier, with eight rushes for 52 yards. And that might just be more important to the success of Josh Gattis’s offense than anything Milton did in the air.

Joe Milton made his debut as the starter on Saturday.

For Milton, it was a dream debut. For Michigan, it was the vindicating culmination of four years of scouting and development.