Football

Fifth-year senior cornerback Brandon Watson returned an undercut slant route against Maryland for a touchdown.

In the vein of its head coach, the Michigan football program is usually tight-lipped around the media. That is except for Michael Zordich, who has twice used press conferences at Schembechler Hall to call out players. In August of 2017, the secondary coach said his group was “scared to make plays” before questioning junior corner Lavert Hill’s willingness to practice through injury last spring.

Junior quarterback Shea Patterson has improved weekly while players and coaches have noticed his increased confidence going into Saturday’s game against Wisconsin.

It’s a tired ultimatum at this point: win these three games, and only then is the Michigan football team for real. Only then is Jim Harbaugh, after four years of manifesting his all-star presence, the savior. 

Fifth-year senior fullback Jared Wangler caught his first career touchdown against Maryland.

Jared Wangler scored his first career touchdown against Maryland, proving how far he has come.

Freshman wide receiver Ronnie Bell has two touchdowns on three catches this season.

What a difference a year makes for Ronnie Bell.

Junior guard Ben Bredeson says Michigan’s offense has embraced a “let loose, make plays” attitude.

The variety of weapons Michigan has on offense compared to last season has allowed it to “let loose” and “make plays.”

Junior defensive end Rashan Gary sat out Saturday's game against Maryland as a precaution.

Michigan’s defense has rarely met a challenge too tall. But next Saturday, the 12th-ranked Wolverines might be facing a steep climb against its toughest competition yet.

Junior quarterback Shea Patterson completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones on Saturday.

Michigan sophomore fullback Ben Mason says he’s looking forward to next week’s game against Wisconsin. So are we.

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Brandon Watson's pick-six was a mark of how far he has come in his career.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is undefeated at Michigan Stadium with wins over WMU, SMU and Nebraska so far this season.

The Daily spoke with Andy Kostka, a football beat reporter for The Diamondback — Marlyand’s student newspaper — to ask about the state of Maryland’s program and its progress on the field this season.

Michigan senior running back Karan Higdon tallied 30 carries against Northwestern last Saturday.

Maryland will be the most complete team the Wolverines have faced since Notre Dame, and thus an adequate tune-up ahead of the daunting four weeks that loom on the horizon. The Daily breaks down what to expect in this week’s Big Ten bout.