Football

Freshman wide receiver Mike Sainristil has impressed at wide receiver during spring ball.

For now, with juniors Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins out, Sainristil is taking starting reps as the H receiver, in the slot. For someone who juggled multiple positions in high school, his game already has an unusual refinement. Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis tweeted a video last week of the early enrollee running an out route and doing so with the technical ability required of a college wide receiver.

Senior running back Tru Wilson is excited for Josh Gattis' new offense.

In his meetings with the offense, Josh Gattis preaches a simple strategy: Just play football.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gave updates on the Wolverines' depth chart and various injuries during his press conference on Wednesday morning.

By the end, Harbaugh had been talking for 10 minutes straight, touching on seven different positional groups and giving a verbal depth chart for each of them.

Lavert Hill led Michigan's elite defensive-back corps in 2018, and the Wolverines project to have another strong unit in 2019.

The secondary enters 2019 facing a lot of question marks, and not just because of how the season ended.

The early departure of Devin Bush to the NFL means that Michigan will have big shoes to fill at linebacker.

However, when Bush got injured and sat out the Peach Bowl, his absence proved that he was the true anchor of Michigan’s linebacking corps, leaving the Wolverines with a hole they struggled to fill. How others step up to fill that hole could determine how high Michigan’s ceiling is in 2019.

The Michigan football team's offensive line demonstrated significant improvement between the 2017 season and the 2018 season.

Though Michigan loses Bushell-Beatty to graduation, Runyan, Bredeson and sophomore center Cesar Ruiz — an All-Big Ten Third Team honoree — will be back to anchor the unit in 2019. Warinner returns as well, hoping to bring consistency back to a program once known for its bruising offensive linemen.

Junior quarterback Shea Patterson will have to adjust to Josh Gattis' offensive style.

A 62-39 beating in Columbus, of course, shattered both of those goals, and further ignited a call for offensive change.

On Jan. 10, that change arrived in the hiring of 35-year-old Josh Gattis as the new offensive coordinator. Gattis, spent the past season as the wide receivers’ coach at Alabama, and the previous four seasons before that in the Big Ten with Penn State.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that junior quarterback Shea Patterson is No. 1 on the depth chart.

Updates on the quarterback depth chart, Harbaugh’s thoughts on Greg Mattison’s depature, Ben Mason’s versatility and more.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said the offense would be more "up-tempo" next season.

His hiring comes with the clear subtext of a sea change in Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan. Gattis, touting his mantra “Speed In Space” at every turn, brings apparent philosophical differences to Harbaugh’s traditional West Coach offense. While it remains to be seen how profoundly different the offense will look next season, it’s no small matter that Harbaugh appears willing to cede the keys to the offense.

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Friday morning, Wilton Speight stood tall in the back of Schembechler Hall as little more than an afterthought.