Football

Junior corner Ambry Thomas has impressed his coaches and teammates in spring practice.

But now, teammates and coaches say Thomas has stepped up his game and come on as a player who could be a major contributor on a secondary that has a lost several key contributors — including cornerbacks David Long and Brandon Watson.

“The sky is the limit for that guy”

.

Many people would say it’s smart to resist the urge to fire off the hottest takes imaginable, but I am not one of them. Now that we all got a taste of football, the next four and a half months without it are going to be hard, and there is no better way to pass that time than by envisioning, in maniacal detail, all the success your favorite team is going to have.

.

Mike Sainristil got the ball on a crossing route at the 23-yard line, beat his defender and coasted into the end zone.

Senior Tru Wilson is building confidence in Michigan's new offense.

The pre-game plane carried the optimistic hope for change that has defined Michigan’s offseason since it hired Josh Gattis as its new offensive coordinator on Jan. 10. And while aspects of that hope may be rooted in reality, Saturday’s spring game was a reminder that the Wolverines’ running game isn’t going anywhere.

Senior quarterback Shea Patterson looked good in Michigan's new offense on Saturday.

A few weeks ago, offensive line coach Ed Warinner called Josh Gattis’ offense, “tailor-made” for Patterson — and on the first drive of the spring game, Patterson hit Ronnie Bell on a crossing route, then Mike Sainristil for a touchdown, both balls thrown exactly where they needed to be.

Michigan quarterback Brandon Peters has entered the transfer portal.

Saturday, 16 months removed from his last start and three people ahead of him on the depth chart, Peters will reportedly enter the transfer portal, according to SEC Network's Cole Cubelic.

Redshirt junior kicker Quinn Nordin is in a competition for the starting job for the first time ever, after getting benched for Jake Moody last season.

But if there’s one player who hasn’t really faced a true positional battle in his time at Michigan, it’s redshirt junior kicker Quinn Nordin. For a season and a half, the job was his and it wasn’t really a question.

Now, though? He’s locked in a bona fide battle with sophomore Jake Moody, a battle Harbaugh called “neck and neck” on April 3.

Junior safety J'Marick Woods is known for being a hard hitter but has refined his technical ability since his freshman season and will likely replace Tyree Kinnel.

Metellus is back and will undoubtedly be a leader for the defense, as Partridge said multiple times on Thursday. But Kinnel has graduated, and that’s a void Woods will be expected to fill.

Senior tight end Sean McKeon has impressed during Michigan's spring practice.

Of course, all of this is just talk shrouded in the reputation that is Michigan’s signature offseason optimism, and the extent to which the public has seen Shea Patterson without Gentry came in a handful of 7-on-7 drills on Saturday.

But with five months until kickoff, it sure beats the alternative.

Michigan tight end coach Sherrone Moore has to adjust to a new offensive coordinator — but he has once before.

Two years later, the hiring of Josh Gattis as Michigan’s offensive coordinator has put Moore in a similar position. Talk of Gattis’ “speed in space” mantra has enveloped much of the spring oxygen, implicitly and explicitly promising more. Faster tempo. More big plays. More opportunities for skill guys. Production against the best. Maybe, oh maybe, some big wins.

So, how does the tight end — a hallmark position in Michigan’s offenses under Harbaugh — fit into that equation?