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  09/25/21 - Hassan HaskinsSr/2022, Michigan, 6-0, 220 (DS#11 RB) + More +

  No. 19 Michigan found out, almost the hard way, that its running game can be slowed down. Hassan Haskins ran for touchdowns the first two times the Wolverines had the ball to help them take a 17-point lead, but the undefeated team had to hold on to beat Rutgers 20-13 on Saturday. "Gritty game," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "It wasn't pretty, but when they start making a space for pretty on the scoreboard then we'll worry about that." Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) opened conference play by running the ball on its first seven snaps and Harbaugh's conservative game plan almost cost him.

After leading 20-3 at halftime, the Wolverines failed to pick up a first down on their first four possessions in the second half. "We just couldn't really find a rhythm and that's the first time that's happened when I've been in the game," quarterback Cade McNamara said. The Scarlet Knights (3-1, 0-1) rallied from a 17-point, third-quarter deficit to pull within seven early in the fourth quarter, but Valentino Ambrosio missed a short field goal. On their next possession, they turned it over on downs and fell to 1 of 4 on fourth down. "We're going to be aggressive," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "We're not here to be close." - Michigan/AP College Football


(DS#11 RB) Sr/2022 RB Hassan HaskinsMichigan
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  09/18/21 - Blake CorumSo/2024, Michigan, 5-07, 200 (DS#6 RB) + More +

  Blake Corum rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns as No. 25 Michigan routed Northern Illinois, 63-10 on Saturday. The Wolverines (3-0) scored touchdowns on their first nine drives, eight of them on the ground. The 10th drive also included a touchdown run, but it was called back for a holding penalty and Michigan turned the ball over on downs. The Wolverines never punted. Northern Illinois responded with its touchdown with 8:28 to play. The Huskies (1-2) kicked a field goal on their second possession of the game, but it was already clear they were in major trouble.

Michigan scored short rushing touchdowns on its first four possessions, two by Hassan Haskins, to take a 28-3 lead in the second quarter. The Wolverines changed up a bit on the fifth possession, scoring on an 87-yard pass from Cade McNamara to Cornelius Johnson - the third-longest passing play in school history - to lead 35-3 at the half. The Wolverines switched quarterbacks at halftime, putting in J.J. McCarthy, but he hadn't thrown a pass when Corum scored on a 49-yard run to increase the margin to 42-3. Michigan used six quarterbacks in the game. - Michigan/AP College Football


(DS#6 RB) So/2024 RB Blake CorumMichigan
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  09/13/21 - Blake CorumSo/2024, Michigan, 5-07, 200 (DS#6 RB) + More +

  SEPT 13 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Blake Corum, Michigan, RB - So. - Marshall, Va. - St. France Academy (Md.),...Set new career highs in rushing yards (171), all-purpose yards (231) and touchdowns (three) on 21 carries (8.14 avg.) in Michigan's 31-10 win vs. Washington...Added three catches for 11 yards (3.67 avg.) and returned two kicks for 49 yards (24.5 avg.)...Became the first Wolverine to score three touchdowns in a game since Nico Collins at Indiana on Nov. 23, 2019...Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: Shea Patterson (Nov. 25, 2019). - Big Ten Football

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  09/12/21 - Blake CorumSo/2024, Michigan, 5-07, 200 (DS#6 RB) + More +

  Blake Corum sprinted for a 67-yard touchdown to give Michigan a double-digit lead in the second quarter, one play after Jim Harbaugh called for a fake punt and the Wolverines pulled away to beat Washington 31-10 Saturday night. Michigan (2-0) relied on a tandem of running backs, swarming defense and special teams to take and keep control of the game. "We're going to remain humble because we really haven't done anything yet," Corum said. "We have more to do and more to prove. I can't wait to see how far we go." The Huskies (0-2) have lost their first two games - including the opener to Montana - for the first time since 2008 when they finished 0-12.

Corum ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns, a week after he had 111 yards rushing and scored twice in the season-opening rout over Western Michigan, and credited the offensive line for his success. "They fired off the ball and were real physical," Corum said. "They made my job easy, so shout out to them." Hassan Haskins had 155 yards rushing and a score for the Wolverines, whose passing game was limited without injured receiver Ronnie Bell. The Wolverines were not moving the ball much and led just 3-0 early in the second quarter when Harbaugh made a gamble that paid off. "That was big," Harbaugh acknowledged. "Pivotal." With the punt team on the field facing a fourth-and-1 from the Michigan 30, a short snap went to Michael Barrett and he ran 3 yards for a first down. "It was a huge momentum shift," Washington coach Jimmy Lake said. "That's the nature of college football, especially when you're on the road in that hostile environment." - Michigan/AP College Football


(DS#6 RB) So/2024 RB Blake CorumMichigan
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  09/08/21 - Ronnie BellrSr/2023, Michigan, 6-0, 192 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Michigan Stadium was silent when Ronnie Bell went down with an injury in the season opener as more than 100,000 fans feared the worse. It was almost as if they knew what was coming. Two days later, coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed that Bell is out for the year with a knee injury. "It's a shame," Harbaugh said Monday. Bell had a 76-yard touchdown reception and returned a punt 31 yards before injuring his right knee in a 47-14 win over Western Michigan. "It will be very difficult to replace Ronnie Bell," Harbaugh said. "Really tough. Seasoned. Experienced. Tremendous blocker. So competitive and such a gamer. "Now somebody has to try to fill those shoes." Harbaugh appeared to get defensive when asked more than once by reporters about having Bell, perhaps his best player, on special teams. "The best players play," he said, recalling Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson returned punts at Michigan.

The Wolverines (1-0) host No. 20 Washington (0-1) on Saturday night. The Huskies likely will drop out of The Associated Press college football poll on Tuesday after becoming the first ranked FBS team in five years to lose to a FCS team, falling to Montana 13-7. Washington will face Michigan without Bell, who was the team's leading receiver last season and an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection in 2019 after leading the team in receiving. Bell, who started 17 of 33 games, has 83 career receptions for 1,380 yards and five touchdowns. His absence leaves a void on and off the field. - AP College Football


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2023 WR Ronnie BellMichigan
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  09/04/21 - Ronnie BellrSr/2023, Michigan, 6-0, 192 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Ronnie Bell had a 76-yard touchdown reception and returned a punt 31 yards before being injured in Michigan's 47-14 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines (1-0) won the game easily, but they may have lost their best player for a while. "Just worried about Ronnie Bell right now," coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged. Bell was hurt on a punt return in the second quarter and kept weight off his right leg as he was helped off the field by a teammate and staff member. The senior receiver was later carted off the field and up the tunnel toward the team's locker room to be further evaluated. "What can you say other than you hope for the best, expect the worst, and wait until you get the MRI results?" Harbaugh asked. "But no matter what, he'll be back."

The Broncos (0-1) started strong - making it 7-all on La'Darius Jefferson's 2-yard run and trailing by just three points after the first quarter - but could not sustain success on either side of the ball. "We moved the ball fairly well," Western Michigan coach Tim Lester said. "We just didn't finish drives, and we didn't protect our QB well enough." Michigan pulled away with 17 points in the second quarter, scoring on Bell's catch, Hassan Haskins' 22-yard run and Jake Moody's 20-yard field goal. Blake Corum, who had 111 yards rushing, opened the scoring with a 14-yard reception and his 30-yard touchdown run put the Wolverines ahead 40-7 early in the final quarter. - Michigan/AP College Football


(DS#999 WR) rSr/2023 WR Ronnie BellMichigan
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  09/01/21 - Erick AllJr/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 245 (DS#7 TE) + More +

  All is in his third season at tight end for Michigan, but this could finally be his breakout year. All is 6-4, 245 pounds and coaches have raved about his skill. Yet, last season, while he finished with 12 catches for 82 yards in six games, the first part of his season was marked by dropped balls. All said he was done in by a lack of confidence that he began to rebuild just as the season was cut short. The Wolverines have talent at tight end with Luke Schoonmaker, as well, but All could be the one leading the way. - Detroit News

(DS#7 TE) Jr/2023 TE Erick AllMichigan
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  08/31/21 - Cade McNamararSo/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 212 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  No surprise here, but Cade McNamara is Michigan's starting quarterback heading into the season opener. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who had said McNamara was the No. 1 quarterback coming out of spring practice, said Monday that McNamara has made "constant improvement" in a number of areas. Michigan opens against Western Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. McNamara, 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, started the last of Michigan's six games last season after taking over for starter Joe Milton while trailing by 17 at Rutgers and leading the Wolverines to a triple-overtime victory.

Milton since has transferred to Tennessee, where he was named the starter on Monday. McNamara's primary competition has come from freshman five-star recruit J.J. McCarthy. Dan Villari and Texas Tech transfer Alan Bowman also are part of the quarterback room. "The biggest one, consistency of doing his job," Harbaugh said Monday at a news conference, explaining how McNamara has taken his game to another level. "Also, call it a talent of making everyone else around you better - maybe that is the most important job of a quarterback." McCarthy is the backup, but Harbaugh would not say how much or if he will play in the opener. "All options will be open about playing J.J. or anybody else on our roster," Harbaugh said. - Detroit News


(DS#7 QB) rSo/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  08/30/21 - Junior ColsonFr/2025, Michigan, 6-2, 225 (DS#6 ILB) + More +

  Senior Josh Ross and redshirt freshman Nikhai Hill-Green will open the season as Michigan's starting inside linebackers, but there isn't much depth behind them. New linebackers coach George Helow said Thursday that Colson "absolutely" could see playing time this fall. Michigan's top-ranked defensive recruit in the 2021 class has missed some time during camp because of injury but returned to practice late last week. Colson stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 225 pounds. "Junior is a guy who is athletic, that's big, that has the frame, has the legs," Ross told reporters Thursday. "You're looking at him like, 'Man, you're a freshman? You don't even know what you're capable of.' But as far as the athleticism piece, that dude is athletic. That dude is fast and can move and is really a good linebacker, is going to be a great linebacker for years to come." - Ann Arbor News

(DS#6 ILB) Fr/2025 ILB Junior ColsonMichigan
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  08/28/21 - Nikhai Hill-GreenrFr/2025, Michigan, 6-1, 220 (DS#9 OLB) + More +

  Redshirt freshman Nikhai Hill-Green has earned the second starting inside linebacker role at Michigan, edging out the returning Mike Barrett, assistant coach George Helow said Thursday. "He's had a really good offseason," Helow, assigned to coach the linebackers, told reporters outside Schembechler Hall. "Nikhai had a plan this offseason: He really got after it in the weight room (and) changed his body. Had a great camp. He's our starting WILL linebacker right now." The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Pittsburgh, Pa., native has impressed the coaching staff this offseason with his knack for picking things up quickly and applying them on the field.

Michigan is expected to debut a new-look defensive scheme against Western Michigan on Sept. 4, and Hill-Green will line up next to Ross as the Wolverines' two inside linebackers in a 3-4 scheme that will feature big-bodied ends as outside linebackers. "He's earned the right to start," Helow continued. "Does everything you ask him to do. He's very coachable. He's playing with his hands, down hill and has a good understanding of the defense and what we're trying to do." Helow went on to describe Hill-Green - who played in three games last fall as a true freshman, all on special teams - as an avid notetaker in meetings and eager to learn. "I really just put my all into this team," Hill-Green told reporters last week. "I really just bet on myself. I put everything into my nutrition, my film study - and just being all-in to this team." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#9 OLB) rFr/2025 OLB Nikhai Hill-GreenMichigan
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  08/28/21 - Cade McNamararSo/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 212 (DS#7 QB) + More +

  Major endorsement deals have been few and far between for players on the Michigan football team, but quarterback Cade McNamara struck a unique agreement this week that will pay him in cryptocurrency. On Thursday, More Management, LLC, a Los Angeles-based cryptocurrency company that specializes in membership services, curated live experiences and digital collectables, announced the deal with McNamara, who will promote the company on social media and make appearances at live events. Under terms of the deal, which were not disclosed, McNamara will receive payments in crypto, a fast-growing alternative currency made popular by Bitcoin. The company manages a crypto token called "MORE" that trades on the Bittrex Exchange. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#7 QB) rSo/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  08/25/21 - Blake CorumSo/2024, Michigan, 5-07, 200 (DS#6 RB) + More +

  Word spready quickly to Michigan sophomore running back Blake Corum about the comments his position coach, Mike Hart, said about him Thursday. Hart is Michigan's all-time leader rusher, totaling 5,040 career yards from 2004-07. With the elusiveness to sidestep defenders and the doggedness to pick up extra yards after contact, Hart is one of the most distinguished college running backs of all time, despite his 5-foot-9 stature.

While the 35-year-old's playing career has been over for more than a decade, he said Thursday he sees a lot of himself in Corum, a strong, speedy back who also is considered undersized at his position at 5-foot-8. "He works a lot harder," Hart said. "Blake's a lot faster than me, a lot quicker than me. If I was that fast, I'd probably still be playing in the NFL. He's a great kid, but I think his mentality and the way he does things, the way he approaches the game is really similar to the way I did. He doesn't like making mistakes; he's not happy when he makes mistakes. He wants to be perfect, and that's something that reminds me of myself from that standpoint." Corum was asked Friday about Hart's comments and said he has been a welcomed addition to the running back room. He has watched countless highlights of Hart's playing days at Michigan and also was a top recruiting target for Hart when he was at Indiana. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#6 RB) So/2024 RB Blake CorumMichigan
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  08/23/21 - Aidan HutchinsonSr/2022, Michigan, 6-5, 265 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  If Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan football team need any more motivation, they could confide in the preseason polls. The Wolverines were absent from the preseason AP Top-25 poll released on Monday, marking the first time the team will begin a football season unranked since Harbaugh's first in Ann Arbor. Michigan is coming off a 2-4 season that prompted Harbaugh to overhaul his coaching staff. It was that year, 2015, saw Harbaugh's grand arrival - leading Michigan to a 10-3 season, Citrus Bowl victory over Florida and No. 12 final ranking. The Wolverines were ranked in the AP's preseason poll in each subsequent year since.

This year, however, the task might be a bit more dubious. Michigan is set to break in a new defense under first-year coordinator Mike Macdonald (although, he does get a few talented pieces back) and expected to roll with a quarterback who has just one collegiate start under his belt. As a result, the media picked Michigan to finish fourth in the Big Ten's East Division this fall. Harbaugh's team did garner 12 votes, suggesting that there is still some support nationally. But five other Big Ten teams appeared in the preseason rankings, a group led by Ohio State at No. 4 and West frontrunner Wisconsin at No. 12. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#1 DE) Sr/2022 DE Aidan HutchinsonMichigan
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  08/22/21 - George JohnsonrSo/2024, Michigan, 6-0, 186 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Michigan receiver Ronnie Bell caught many off guard Wednesday answering a question from the media during a virtual news conference. When asked who has been the toughest defensive back he's faced so far in fall camp, Bell singled out George Johnson, a former high school quarterback and receiver from Florida who is entering his third year with the team. "You never know what you're gonna get out of George," Bell said. "George is a very unpredictable and very good DB." Johnson, rated as a three-star receiver in the 2019 class, transitioned to the defensive side of the ball when arriving at Michigan. He has yet to appear in a game for the Wolverines but is reportedly turning some heads during camp. "His technique, how he plays the game, he doesn't necessarily do it like the rest," Bell said of Johnson. "He doesn't play like the rest of them. "It's either misleading or it's - he can catch you off-guard because he's unorthodox." Head coach Jim Harbaugh said last month at Big Ten media days that the staff is still evaluating whether cornerback or safety is his best fit. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#999 SS) rSo/2024 SS George JohnsonMichigan
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  08/22/21 - Andrel AnthonyFr/2025, Michigan, 6-1, 185 (DS#83 WR) + More +

  Michigan's football team is seven practices into fall camp, and there is a freshman receiver who continues to capture the attention of head coach Jim Harbaugh. "Andrel Anthony continues to make a play a practice," Harbaugh told reporters outside Schembechler Hall on Friday. "He's on a streak. It's like a Lou Gehrig hitting streak. He would do it in spring ball where, 'wait for it; it's going to happen,' and he makes it. It is just a play a practice that's a big chunk variety. He continues to be really good." The Wolverines haven't been shy about playing freshmen receivers since offensive coordinator Josh Gattis took over before the 2019 season. Mike Sainristil, Giles Jackson and Cornelius Johnson combined for 21 catches and 348 receiving yards in 2019, while Roman Wilson and A.J. Henning combined for 15 receptions for 181 yards in six games last season.

Michigan should be deeper at the position in 2021 with Ronnie Bell, Johnson, Sainristil, Wilson, Henning and graduate transfer Daylen Baldwin entering the mix, but Anthony could find himself climbing the depth chart with a strong fall camp. The three-star prospect out of East Lansing High was an important recruit for the Wolverines last cycle. Albeit ranked as the No. 527 player nationally in the 247Sports Composite, he brings size (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) and speed to Michigan's receiver room. On Wednesday, senior safety Brad Hawkins said Anthony was one of the three fastest receivers on the team, along with Henning and Wilson. "Those guys right there are really fast," Hawkins said. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#83 WR) Fr/2025 WR Andrel AnthonyMichigan
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