The President of the United States called out NFL players for kneeling during the National Anthem, but their larger point about society is too important to ignore.
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Kaepernick started a conversation about the intrinsic link between race and sports. After the President’s pointed remarks, that conversation has reached a tipping point, and two clear sides have emerged.

Sophomore tight end Sean McKeon solidified himself as a reliable option in the Wolverine passing attack.
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Michigan escaped Purdue with its first conference win of the season, and is now entering its bye week with Michigan State as the next team on the docket. The Daily breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly from Saturday’s game.

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.

The Michigan men's golf team had mixed results at the Northern Intercollegiate, but ultimately finished fifth.
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Behind strong performances from its seniors, the Michigan men’s golf team finished in fifth place at the Northern Intercollegiate at Sugar Grove, Ill. this past weekend.

Sophomore forward Jack Hallahan sent in the free kick that Ivo Cerda finished off for Michigan’s first goal.
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But on Sunday at U-M Soccer Stadium, things broke more in No. 22 Michigan’s favor – as they have for much of this season.

Junior forward Emma Way scored the game-winning goal with just 20 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Wolverines a 1-0 victory.
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Against the Buckeyes, junior forward Emma Way managed to connect despite Michigan’s offensive struggles throughout the match.

Junior Kate Fahey returned from a lower back injury and picked up three of her four singles matches.
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This weekend, the Wolverines dealt with the challenge of launching a new campaign after their unprecedented season.

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.

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.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh called for the Big Ten to establish standards for visiting teams' locker rooms at his press conference Monday afternoon.
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While speaking at his weekly press conference Monday afternoon, Jim Harbaugh made it very clear that he believes there needs to be league-wide reform to improve visiting locker rooms across the Big Ten.

Redshirt junior defensive end Chase Winovich recorded three sacks in his team's 28-10 win over Purdue on Saturday.
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Jim Harbaugh discussed Michigan's recently-announced night game, Chase Winovich's impact and Wilton Speight's injury at his weekly press conference.

Sophomore running back Chris Evans was the most productive back, running 14 times for 97 yards with two touchdowns.
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Jim Harbaugh believes he may have learned a valuable lesson about this team: it can close out games.

Fifth-year senior quarterback John O'Korn filled in for an injured Wilton Speight capably, completing 18-of-26 passes for 270 yards and one touchdown.
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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 forward Reilly Martin scored the winning goal in the 96th minute to finish off Michigan’s biggest win in years.
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But Michigan (2-1-1 Big Ten, 5-2-4 overall) did the unexpected again, upsetting Wisconsin, 2-1, in overtime for its first victory over a top-10 team since 2014.

Junior midfielder Ivo Cerda scored a header to put the Wolverines on the board and, ultimately, back in the win column.
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Midfielder Ivo Cerda stared at his teammates, clapped his hands fervently and shouted, “Keep it going!” The junior captain lived by his mantra, setting the example for his teammates to follow.

Senior outside hitter Adeja Lambert showed Michigan’s offense could shine at times, but not consistently.
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Inconsistency plagued Michigan through both matches, as it struggled to piece together a full set of well-rounded volleyball.

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.