Senior defensive end Taco Charlton speaks to the press at the football Pro Day on Friday.
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Friday afternoon, the draft-eligible Wolverines spoke to the media following the team’s annual Pro Day and reflected on how they made it to this moment.

Jake Butt used his platform at Michigan's Pro Day to address issues he has with NCAA policies regarding compensation for student athletes.

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Derrick Walton Jr. looks for an open teammate in the Sprint Center. Michigan falls to Oregon 69-to-68 on Thursday night.
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With nine seconds left in the game and the Michigan men’s basketball team down by one, Derrick Walton Jr. received the inbounds pass looking for a shot that would lead the Wolverines to the Elite Eight.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman attempts to catch the rebound against Oregon on Thursday night.
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As the Wolverines and the Ducks exchanged the lead five times in the final five minutes, all it could take for either team to emerge with the win was one of something.

Kayla Robbins in a game against Oakland on February 11, 2016.
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The Wolverines hosted St. John’s at Crisler Center for the first time in Barnes Arico’s tenure, and her team did not let her down, beating St. John’s, 60-40.

Katelyn Flaherty in a game against Iowa on February 5, 2017.
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Michigan took the ball to the paint almost exclusively in the first half, scoring 32 of its 60 points there by game’s end in a 60-40 win.

Mira Shane in a game against Oregon on February 19, 2016.
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Just five days removed from its first big ten win in program history, Michigan looked flat-footed and disoriented from the first whistle.

Junior Aidan Falk in a game against Maryland on April 22, 2016.
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The Michigan softball team scored eight runs on six hits in a game against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday. The Wolverines are riding a five-game win streak — the longest of their season.

Junior Tera Blanco in a game on May 28, 2016.
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The Michigan softball team is rotating senior pitcher Megan Betsa and junior pitcher Tera Blanco, and it appears to be working for the Wolverines.

Senior guard Danielle Williams in a game against Xavier on November 19, 2015.
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The Michigan women’s basketball team wants to hang a banner in Crisler this season — and winning the WNIT is its last hope.

Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Maurice Hurst decided to return to the Wolverines for the 2017-18 season.
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While watching on the sidelines Friday at Pro Day could have made him feel like he missed out on a golden opportunity, Hurst realizes that same opportunity might still lie before him.

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Redshirt junior quarterback Wilton Speight already has the starting spot on lock, a stark contrast to last season.
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No longer is Speight the one benefitting from the experience around him — he’s the man expected to provide that experience.

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Youth.

That is the first thing that comes to mind when describing this year’s Michigan football team, and especially so when it comes to the defensive side of the ball.

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The Michigan men’s basketball team’s magical postseason run came to an end Thursday night against Oregon.
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Thursday night, the magic came to an end. So too did Michigan’s season.

Derrick Walton Jr. takes a final shot against Oregon on Thursday.
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When Derrick Walton Jr. pulled up from beyond the arc with a chance to send Michigan to the Elite Eight, Andrew Dakich thought: “Money.”

Jake Bivens in a game against Minnesota on April 8, 2016.
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The Wolverines play the only team ranked ahead of them in the Big Ten preseason poll.

Senior Aidan Falk in a game on May 28, 2016.
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The 19th-ranked Wolverines will ride their five-game winning streak as they open conference play at Alumni Field.

Senior Harrison Wenson in a game on April 13, 2016.
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No. 18 Michigan (16-4) scored four runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good.

Jayce Vancena started on the mound for the Michigan baseball team for the first time since his freshman year — and he didn’t disappoint.

Junior right-hander Tera Blanco allowed only one run on five hits in her complete-game outing.
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The Wolverines jumped on the Falcons’ right-hander Brooke Parker early and never looked back, outlasting Bowling Green, 7-1.