Football

Senior running back De'Veon Smith is still the Wolverines' starter at running back, but Michigan is using a stable for four backs consistently.

The group consists of Smith, freshman Chris Evans, redshirt junior Ty Isaac and sophomore Karan Higdon.

Ian Bunting (right) is involved in the "Valiant" apparel company.

Since this past summer, Ian Bunting has been working with John, Jared and Jack Wangler on a new clothing line called “Valiant.”

Fifth-year senior guard Kyle Kalis (67) is pleased with the offensive line’s progress despite a down week statistically against Central Florida on Saturday.

Throughout Saturday’s game, the Wolverines did what they needed to do and what they will need to do in the future when they can’t run the ball: they went through the air.

Sophomore safety Tyree Kinnel (left) is one of Michigan’s biggest contributors on special teams.

One of Michigan's biggest special teams contributors, Tyree Kinnel finally got to two punts on Saturday, making a significant difference in the game.

Wilton Speight has become the leader of Michigan's offense, earning Jim Harbaugh's trust since the two got off to a rocky start.

Coming off a redshirt season in which he didn’t need to know the game plan, Speight admits his maturity and preparation weren’t where they needed to be when Jim Harbaugh first arrived.

Jim Harbaugh has warned his teams against the dangers of succumbing to the Freddy P. Soft, the personification of complacency.

Allegedly, while wearing “a cape and a hat with a plume in it,” Freddy stands on players’ shoulders and speaks directly into their ears, advising them to relax, take reps off and not put in full effort.

Wilton Speight (center) can rest assured that Jim Harbaugh (right) will stand by him during tough times.

Last weekend, redshirt sophomore Wilton Speight entered the exclusive fraternity of Jim Harbaugh’s starting quarterbacks. That club comes with a number of perks, perhaps most notably a complete, undying loyalty.

Amara Darboh caught five passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns against UCF.

Beware the big play. Of the 275 rushing yards Michigan allowed Saturday, 212 of those yards came on five plays.

Wilton Speight delivered another strong performance Saturday, throwing four touchdowns without an interception.

Despite another solid game from redshirt sophomore Wilton Speight, who threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns, the running game was largely ineffective and the defense was far from perfect.

Redshirt sophomore defensive end Chase Winovich  at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

After an two-year emotional journey, Chase Winovich made his first career start at defensive end Saturday.

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