Football

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.

Josh Ross will play middle linebacker this year, replacing Devin Bush.

Until proven otherwise, everything about this defense will be viewed through the lens of its losses.

Redshirt junior tight end Nick Eubanks slots well into Josh Gattis' new up-tempo offense..

This year, Eubanks’ redshirt junior season, also presents a chance for him to take that favoritism to another level. It’s his golden opportunity to translate his vast talent and athleticism into production — and he knows it.

Aidan Hutchinson will play a key role in replacing the production left by the departures of Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich.

The freshmen on the defensive line have done a lot of screwing up in fall camp. At least, if you ask Aidan Hutchinson.

But it’s not entirely a bad thing.

Shea Patterson's decision-making ability will be crucial to Michigan's ability to effectively execute the RPO

It’s time to bring the phrase “run-pass option” — “RPO”, for short — into your football vocabulary, if it isn’t already. You should expect to hear it plenty on your television when the Michigan football season kicks off in just over a week. 

The Michigan football team faces increased expectation but must get past Ohio State to meet them.

Can the Wolverines finally breakthrough and claim their first Big Ten Title since 2005 — and potentially more? The Daily football beat — Max Marcovitch, Aria Gerson, Ethan Sears and Theo Mackie — has some thoughts. Here are a handful of (surefire) predictions as the college football season rapidly approaches.

Jalen Mayfield will be Michigan's starting right tackle against Middle Tennessee State.

If nothing else, Mayfield is the least proven member of a line that returns four steady members, and thus the most vulnerable.

But nobody is anything but optimistic.