Football

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.

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

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.

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The dominant, make-you-read-it-twice scoreline No. 7 Michigan (1-0) might have been hoping for against MTSU (0-1) never came — two turnovers in its own half and inconsistency on the offensive line made sure of that. But the diversity of Gattis’ offense shown through plenty in the Wolverines’ five-touchdown day.

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.

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.

Tarik Black is looking to make a splash after injuries hampered his first two seasons..

Still, Hastings knows what he saw that first bit of Black’s freshman year. He knows his capabilities. While he wishes he could have seen a full year in 2017, he expects big things this year.

Senior Tru Wilson will be a part of the mix at running back for Michigan.

It’s the inescapable — if understandable — question surrounding Michigan’s run game. Charbonnet carries the sexiness of an unknown and the promise of a four-star, top-50 recruit.

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.

Sophomore wideout Ronnie Bell has impressed in fall camp.

In these settings, Harbaugh prefers to be a man of few words, complimenting the player he’s been asked about and moving on to the next question. Parsing meaning can be fruitless — it’s rarely an endorsement or indictment. This time, he followed up with something far more telling: unprompted praise of sophomore receiver Ronnie Bell.