Fifth-year quarterback John O’Korn in a game versus Purdue at the Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday.
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Wilton Speight left the game with an injury in the first quarter, but his replacement John O'Korn excelled and brought No. 8 Michigan (4-0) a 28-10 win to open the Big Ten season.

Junior tight end Zach Gentry scored his first collegiate touchdown against Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium on Saturday.
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Zach Gentry put forth a breakout performance in a game that the Wolverines may have needed it more than ever, solidifying his journey from quarterback to tight end.

Fifth-year senior running back Ty Isaac will be expected to factor heavily Saturday against the Boilermakers.
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While No. 8 Michigan’s recent offensive struggles may have boosted Purdue’s chances at an upset, the Boilermakers may also be a far more worthy opponent than people originally thought.

Freshman midfielder Sarah Stratigakis scored with just 10 seconds left in regulation to tie the game.
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Thursday night’s contest was in many ways lopsided, and if all opportunities were equal, the Golden Gophers could rightfully say they dominated the match.

Freshman receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones will be relied upon to fill the void left by the injured Tarik Black.
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There is no question that Peoples-Jones has had his spotlight in the punt return game. Now, that spotlight is only getting brighter.

Sophomore forward Jack Hallahan and the Wolverines have hit a rough patch with their second loss of the year.
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The Wolverines went without a shot on goal for the second game in a row, putting an ugly exclamation mark on the loss.

Sophomore cornerback David Long credited Jourdan Lewis with helping him improve during his freshman year.
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David Long said he still talks to Jourdan Lewis every day of the week — or at least three if he’s busy. And Long could arguably thank Lewis — who he dubbed as a role model — for his current starting role with the Wolverines.

Michigan coach Mel Pearson was an assistant coach in Ann Arbor in 1996. Now he's returning as Michigan's head coach.
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Despite all the talented young players, the grizzled veterans who have been through the ups and downs of the last few seasons and the new head coach with a seemingly magic touch, Michigan still has to perform on the ice.

Senior Emily White shot three under par in the second round Sunday morning.
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Throughout the weekend, the Wolverines came up just short of victories as a team. But there are still positive takeaways from the tournament for Michigan.

Freshman wide receiver Tarik Black suffered an injury against Air Force and will likely miss the remainder of the season.
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Freshman wide receiver Tarik Black suffered a foot injury against Air Force and will need surgery, said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday. That same evening, Black posted a photo on Instagram with a caption that suggested he would be out for the remainder of the year.

Fifth-year senior quarterback John O'Korn led Michigan to victory against Purdue on Saturday.
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Saturday’s win showed us what John O’Korn has become — a dependable backup whose performance in relief of Speight may have just reopened the quarterback competition.

Michigan's offensive line fell into trouble against Purdue — a trend it will need to correct soon.
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For a unit whose central purpose is to protect the quarterback, the Wolverines’ offensive line put forth a underwhelming performance.

Junior safety Tyree Kinnel and Michigan's secondary will be tested against Purdue's pass-heavy offense.
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In short, what was once a rollover game is now a legitimate contest. Here’s what to watch for when Michigan opens its conference season Saturday:

Defensive coordinator Don Brown will face a tough task preparing a game plan for Jeff Brohm's Purdue offense.
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The Daily talked with Ezechukwu at Big Ten Media Days in July to discuss his team’s new attitude, changes in defensive scheme and Brohm, a cult figure among die-hard college football fans.

Sophomore defensive end Rashan Gary thinks Michigan has just scratched the surface of its potential this year.
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Through three equally earth-shattering performances, the Wolverines have made the case that they could be as good as — if not better than — last year’s historically good unit.

Sophomore tight end Sean McKeon has made a big move up the depth chart in only one season.
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The now-sophomore played in just four games last year, and in just three games this season, McKeon has already eclipsed his production from 2016.

Sophomore goaltender Jack LaFontaine is poised to assume a leadership role in his second season with the Wolverines.
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In addition to the increased playing time, though, LaFontaine and Lavigne find themselves in somewhat new leadership positions with the team.

Senior offensive lineman Mason Cole acknowledged that the Wolverines will face a significant test on the road against Purdue.
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While their mentality has always been that the most important game is the next one, the pressure is cranked up a notch now that the Big Ten season is set to begin.

Freshman kicker Quinn Nordin has made a name for himself with his play on the field and his personality off of it.
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To his teammates, Quinn Nordin is an enigma.

Fifth-year senior running back Ty Isaac came so close to scoring a touchdown on two long runs Saturday.
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It wasn't pretty, but Michigan earned a hard-fought win over the Falcons.