Brad Hawkins is stepping into a leadership role on the secondary this season.

Friday morning, Don Brown held a meeting with the players he deemed the leaders of the defense. In a Zoom call with reporters Thursday, the defensive coordinator took care to specify that Brad Hawkins was among them.

Unless there's a drastic change, Michigan won't be playing in front of fans.

“There is a reason to feel some confidence here,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a radio interview recently. “But we also have to measure (people’s) expectations and say life’s going to be different. We’re not going to be filling stadiums in the fall.”

With that in mind, Michigan football seems more than ready to deal with the new reality.

Michael Barrett appears to be next in line at the VIPER position.

Michael Barrett likely suitor for VIPER role in Don Brown's defense.

Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson return as experienced members of the pass rush.

Michigan weighs options in how to replace Josh Uche in pass rush.

Don Brown looks to better prepare his players for higher tier teams.

Don Brown takes responsibility for readying his defense against top-tier opponents, especially Ohio State.

Ronnie Bell's last minute catch clutched a victory from the jaws of defeat

It’s been a few weeks since our last update on our NCAA 14 simulation of Michigan football, so let’s start with a quick recap of what we’ve seen so far. 

Jaylen Mayfield is the lone returning starter on Michigan's offensive line.

In early March, as the Michigan football team geared up for a spring season that would never happen, the biggest question it faced was who would start at quarterback.

Josh Gattis has watched more film this off-season than ever before.

Josh Gattis has re-watched every play of the 2019 an estimated 50 times.

Dylan McCaffrey is one of three quarterbacks in competition for starting job.

Josh Gattis leaves quarterback competition wide open.

Ambry Thomas

Ambry Thomas wasn’t supposed to be at Detroit King that day, lacing up his cleats for a 7-on-7 scrimmage, feeling the summer heat blistering up from the field.  If it weren’t for a call from his coach, Dale Harvel, the night before, he wouldn’t have been.