Football

True freshman quarterback Dylan McCaffrey has made an early impression on his coaches and teammates.

But in order for the defense to push itself to compete at a high level, the scout team has to prepare for the particular offense of the upcoming opponent. That is where McCaffrey has proven to be most valuable.

Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown has watched his unit played with more intensity in practice.

Seven times this year, the unit has warranted Pep Hamilton’s admiration. The one exception came 12 days ago, when then-No. 2 Penn State hung 42 points and 506 yards on the Wolverines.

Freshman Ambry Thomas has worked to specialize at cornerback, but is still looking to get the ball in his hands on offense.

Ambry Thomas has carved out a role as Michigan's kick returner, but he is still working his way into playing both ways.

Freshman defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon made the first start of his career against the Scarlet Knights.

Solomon had to change his entire diet. That included giving up his first love: chicken tenders and fries. But he’s already seen the results of eating healthier.

Right guard Michael Onwenu, along with Stephen Spanellis, continue to develop into valuable members of Michigan's offensive line.

Stephen Spanellis has, as Harbaugh called it, football smarts — and as his performance Saturday showed, he’s still able to be effective, especially when working with Michael Onwenu.

Fifth-year senior linebacker Mike McCray said he still remembers his redshirt freshman season, when Minnesota took home the Little Brown Jug.

Harbaugh at no point definitively said that either Peters or O’Korn would start, but it does seem more probable than not that Peters will be the one to step out on the field with the Wolverines’ starting offense.

Kareem Walker runs the ball during a game against Rutgers Saturday.

Michigan fans asked to see the future. Harbaugh, in part, granted their wish.

Junior running back Karan Higdon contributed to a 334-yard outing from Michigan's running backs.

The Daily breaks down Michigan’s win in this week’s edition of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Peters is now the starter.

Yes, it was just Rutgers. But, thanks to their new quarterback, the Wolverines seem like a different team now. Here are five other things we learned:

Sophomore running back Chris Evans caught a 20-yard touchdown pass that was the first of redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Peters’ career.

The Wolverines targeted 10 different receivers in an effort to jumpstart its struggling passing game. Evans was the only one who came away with a touchdown.

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