Football

Senior Joe Bolden speaks with media on Friday.

In August 2013, highlights were few and far between for fullback Joe Kerridge and linebacker Joe Bolden. Neither had started a game for the Michigan football team, with little more than mop-up duty in special teams or late-game action to show for their time as Wolverines.

Fifth-year senior Jake Rudock speaks with the media Friday.

Just six days remain until the Wolverines send a starter out with the first team against Utah.

Jim Harbaugh speaks with the media Thursday.

One week before the Wolverines’ season opener against Utah, people still wanted to know what was going on in that submarine.

Mone broke a bone in his lower leg during fall camp.

Sione Houma speaks to media on Thursday at Crisler Center.

Sione Houma, a Salt Lake City native, will play at home for the first time in his college career next Thursday when Michigan opens the season at Utah.

Coach Harbaugh speaks with the media at Thursday's press conference.

Jordan called Harbaugh a few weeks ago in an attempt to convince him that the Michigan football team should wear his Jordan Brand Jumpman clothing. His efforts were successful: The Wolverines will be the first college football team to wear the Jumpman logo beginning in the 2016 season.

Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin speaks with the media in March.

But with just 10 days before the Wolverines’ season opener at Utah, Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin is eyeing the next step in improving a defense that was already among the best in the nation last season: versatility.

Jim Harbaugh at an open practice in March.

In a practice open to students at Michigan Stadium, Jake Rudock and De'Veon Smith took the bulk of the first-team reps at quarterback and running back, respectively.

Drake Johnson runs through an arm tackle against Indiana last year. Johnson has almost fully recovered from an ACL tear he suffered late last season.

After climbing half a dozen rungs on the depth chart, coming back from an ACL tear, then averaging a team-high six yards per carry on a dismal offense last season, no one would discredit Johnson for walking away from football. But instead, he wants to do it all over again.

Thursday evening, the hall-of-fame basketball player announced that the Wolverines would become the first football team to wear Jordan brand apparel, joining the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ switch to the provider in 2016.