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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sophomore wide receiver Keko Crawford is a member of Michigan's offensive unit that is still in search of its identity.
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It’s not the discrepancies in production between Michigan’s offensive and defensive units that are the problem. More so, it’s that the defense knows what it is, while the offense is in search of an identity with less than a week until the Wolverines’ Big Ten opener.

Senior linebacker Mike McCray and the Wolverines' defense excelled against the triple option Saturday.
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The defense carried the load while the offense struggled to find a groove, but the Wolverines managed to capture yet another victory.

Sophomore wide receiver Eddie McDoom expresses frustration during the game against Air Force in Michigan Stadium Saturday.
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With the Big Ten season now upon them, we’re about to find out what really happens when the Wolverines get punched in the mouth.

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The seventh-ranked Wolverines were plagued by miscues in the red zone, and struggled to pull away in a 29-13 win over the Falcons.

Junior forward Riley Martin scored a goal against the Hoosiers to help lead Michigan to victory.
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Indiana outshot Michigan in the first half, 14-9, but the Wolverines — with a seamless offense on full display — managed to find the back of the net and defeat the Hoosiers.

Senior defender Billy Stevens was sent off against Michigan State, but his impact was still evident.
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Despite his ejection, the Michigan crowd applauded the defender for his unwavering efforts, which were on full display in the Wolverines 1-0 overtime loss against the Spartans.

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.

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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.

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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.

Freshman receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones came into his own against Air Force, and it showed.
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Though Peoples-Jones — the No. 1 receiver in the 2017 class — has taken a backseat to fellow freshman Tarik Black so far, he took center stage on Saturday. And there could be much more of him in store.

Redshirt junior defensive end Chase Winovich notched nine tackles (two for loss) and 1.5 sacks Saturday.
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It’s no secret that the Wolverines’ defensive unit has been the highlight of what has been an oddly unconvincing three weeks of undefeated football. Against the Falcons, though, that same group took another step.

Freshman midfielder Nicki Hernandez put her health issues behind her, scoring her first career goal Sunday.
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Over the span of 3:27 in the first half against the Hoosiers, Michigan’s offensive luck changed dramatically, and it was able to hang on for a 2-1 win.

Michigan coach Chaka Daley believes his team will use this game as an important learning experience.
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While it looked like Michigan might be able to pull off the upset, the Wolverines fell short with a 1-0 overtime loss to the Spartans.

Junior middle blocker Cori Crocker earned praise from her coach for her physicality after recording six blocks.
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Several times throughout the match, the duo’s defense was so stifling that the Bearcats were barely able to get the ball over the net for several possessions.

Senior goalkeeper Sam Swenson made four saves in the second half to preserve Michigan's shutout.
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The Wolverines’ offense looked untouchable as they scored six unanswered goals, bringing their total to 15 in the last two games.