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  06/27/22 - Andrel AnthonySo/2025, Michigan, 6-1, 185 (DS#34 WR) + More +

  Eight scholarship receivers saw playing time last season, and Michigan is set to return seven of them, including Andrel Anthony, back in 2022. In addition, the Wolverines welcome in a trio of true freshmen who Jim Harbaugh has referred to as a collective "freak show." What that means for playing time remains unclear, but what is clear is that Michigan is trying to find other roles for some of them. Mike Sainristil spent a good portion of the spring playing in the defensive backfield, while A.J. Henning may be incorporated into the running game this fall. That should open the door for more opportunities for guys like Anthony, whose straight-line speed and athleticism make him one of the more intriguing receivers on the team.

Both he and Ronnie Bell, who returns for his senior season after tearing his ACL last fall, both give Michigan playmakers in the passing game, something the offense was drastically lacking in 2021. It remains unknown how Bell will look in his return (the hope, of course, is that he's back to his pre-injured self), but Anthony might be the receiver with the greatest upside in the room. His performance last October at Michigan State proved that, along with his 35-yard touchdown catch against Georgia in the Orange Bowl. Playing on the big stage doesn't seem to faze Anthony, a tell-tale sign that he's ready for a larger role. And with an easy non-conference schedule on the docket, the Wolverines will have an opportunity to get many of their receivers - Anthony especially - involved early. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#34 WR) So/2025 WR Andrel AnthonyMichigan
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  06/24/22 - Zak ZinterJr/2024, Michigan, 6-5, 320 (DS#16 OG) + More +

  The Michigan offensive line won the Joe Moore Award as the top line in the country last season, but they lost starting center Andrew Vastardis and right tackle Andrew Stueber. On paper, with the addition of grad transfer Olu Oluwatimi, one of three finalists last year for the Rimington Award, given to the nation's top center, and with Trente Jones and Karsen Barnhart competing at right tackle, this group has big plans. "I do believe this line could easily be better than last year," Zinter said. "Our goal in the room is we're gonna be the first O line to repeat as Joe Moore Award winners. We have potential and can be better than last year. Olu is a great addition. I love V (Vastardis). V was a dog, a warrior, super smart, (but) Olu is a little younger and has the athletic ability. He's a freak. Trente or Karsen are going to have big shoes to fill, and they'll both do really well."

To have candidates to fill those shoes in the future, Zinter said he jumped at the chance when DreamUp Sports approached him with an NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) deal to host a one-day camp for kids from kindergarten through ninth grades. "I love working with kids," Zinter said. "It's fun being around them and seeing the next generation have fun out there and make football fun for them. I wish I would have had it as a kid. I'm glad to do it for them." - Detroit News


(DS#16 OG) Jr/2024 OG Zak ZinterMichigan
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  06/24/22 - Cam GooderSr/2023, Michigan, 6-2, 315 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Cam Goode had played in 33 out of 36 games over the last three seasons for the Knights and likely would have contributed heavily next year, but he entered the portal in February. Goode visited Syracuse and Vanderbilt before transferring to Michigan. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive tackle's 4 forced fumbles led the team, tied for second in the conference and ranked 12th in the nation last season. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2023 DT Cam GoodeMichigan
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  06/16/22 - Mazi SmithrJr/2024, Michigan, 6-2, 326 (DS#19 DT) + More +

  Mazi Smith got his chance to settle in along Michigan's defensive line last year, blending in among a group of playmakers who helped take that side of the ball to new heights. Now, as the 2022 season nears, expectations are high for the senior defensive tackle from Grand Rapids. Smith, who was listed at 6-foot-3 and 326 pounds in the spring, will serve as the anchor up front this fall. Not just a guy who's called on to fill a role, but a leader tasked with helping bring the Wolverines through a transformation. "Every year the leadership changes hands," Smith said in the spring. "You've got to go out there and get it. Some people like to lead by example; some people like to talk. You've just got to go get it." Smith made sure to point out he "ain't the leader yet, but if I do everything right I will be." And with edge rushers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo, and starting defensive tackle Christopher Hinton, all gone, the door is now open to some new voices.

One of those expected to speak up is edge rusher Mike Morris, called on to help fill the void on the outside. And while Morris, friendly, animated and serious, may do most of the talking, Smith enters the new season with the most experience. Not only has he appeared in 21 games over the past three seasons, but Smith has 14 starts under his belt - the most, by far, among Michigan's returning defensive linemen. He was the Wolverines' primary nose-gap tackle last year, a big body who could clog up the middle and help defend the run game. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#19 DT) rJr/2024 DT Mazi SmithMichigan
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  06/10/22 - J.J. McCarthySo/2025, Michigan, 6-3, 197 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy said his right shoulder is not yet fully healthy, but he is throwing and is eager to compete for the starting job in preseason camp. McCarthy had a recent autograph signing at The M Den, and he was upbeat about where things stand with his shoulder, the process he has taken to rehab his injury and the prospects of competing with returning starter Cade McNamara, who helped lead Michigan to a Big Ten title last season. McNamara threw for 2,576 yards and had 15 touchdowns and six interceptions while leading Michigan to a 12-2 record.

McCarthy, who participated in spring practice but did not throw, played in 11 games as a freshman last season and threw for 516 yards and five touchdowns. He adds a different wrinkle because of his mobility, rushing for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. "Very hungry. Very hungry, I'll say that," McCarthy told The Detroit News about getting to fall camp and challenging for the starting job. "I'm not looking at it as competing; I'm just looking at it as tunnel vision. I'm gonna do whatever I can to be the best quarterback, best teammate, best player I can be, and whatever happens, happens." McCarthy, who started a foundation, J.J. For the Kids, earlier this year, and late last year donated $10,000 from his NIL earnings to various children's hospitals, including Mott Hospital in Ann Arbor, and to the Oxford School Fund, is seemingly always smiling and comes across as confident and upbeat. - Detroit News


(DS#12 QB) So/2025 QB J.J. McCarthyMichigan
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  06/10/22 - Ryan HayesrSr/2023, Michigan, 6-6, 307 (DS#2 OT) + More +

  Ryan Hayes, the well-liked kid from northern Michigan, has an opportunity of a lifetime this fall. A former tight end and defensive end in high school, Hayes was plucked from Traverse City West in 2018 by a Michigan coaching staff with a plan. Then-assistant Greg Frey, the team's tackles and tight ends coach, had envisioned turning the 6-foot-7, 252-pound athletic kid into a tackle. And when Ed Warinner took the job in 2018, he made sure to see it through.

Now, more than four years, Hayes returns as the anchor of the Wolverines' offensive line coming off an historic season. He's a shoe-in to start at left tackle, a position he settled into in 2020, and with that comes super-sized expectations. "I love Ryan, every way since he came in," Jim Harbaugh recently told reporters. "He was kind of a tween'er, under-sized offensive lineman/tight end. He was a tight end (in high school) and we saw a great vision for him to turn into an elite offensive tackle." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#2 OT) rSr/2023 OT Ryan HayesMichigan
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  06/08/22 - Mike SainristilrJr/2024, Michigan, 5-10, 185 (DS#70 WR) + More +

  Teammate and fellow receiver Ronnie Bell isn't surprised by Mike Sainristil's success. He says the Michigan coaching staff has tinkered with Sainristil on defense for years now, only to eventually send him back to the offensive side. "Once they kept him over there, I knew it would just take him a couple practices and he would get it down," Bell said. "And that's exactly what happened. "He stepped over and went from losing a couple reps to not losing no more reps." The result? Michigan plans to deploy Sainristil in many different ways this fall, with Harbaugh projecting him as a two or three-way player. "He's going to play special teams as well," Harbaugh. "Super excited. Super excited." - Ann Arbor News

(DS#70 WR) rJr/2024 WR Mike SainristilMichigan
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  06/07/22 - Ronnie BellrSr/2023, Michigan, 6-0, 192 (DS#10 WR) + More +

  After taking it easy this spring. the final few months on his road to recovery, Michigan wide receiver Ronnie Bell says he's been cleared to play football again. Bell appeared Sunday afternoon at a youth football camp sponsored by The Uniform Funding Foundation at Father Gabriel Richard High School and said he's in the final stages of a nine-month healing and rehabilitation process following a torn ACL in his right knee. "I think I'm doing (well); I'm kind of wrapping up the process," Bell told a small group of reporters. "Just feeling real strong and just taking everyday step by step." These days, Bell can run, jump and cut again and is working toward reconditioning himself for the grind of football.

Michigan's football team began player-led workouts last week in Ann Arbor and will open camp in early-August, the ultimate test as to where the 6-foot, 192-pound wideout stands physically. "My eye looks like Ronnie Bell before he injured the ACL," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters last week. "Just the way he's moving; I see him jump, I see him run, I see him cut. Definitely on track and looks about the same as he did before - maybe even better." Harbaugh even pointed out that Bell has two more months to get stronger and faster, and the former all-Big Ten honoree says he plans to make the most of it. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#10 WR) rSr/2023 WR Ronnie BellMichigan
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  06/06/22 - Mike SainristilrJr/2024, Michigan, 5-10, 185 (DS#70 WR) + More +

  Michigan has converted wide receiver Mike Sainristil into a nickel cornerback, and according to head coach Jim Harbaugh, the former three-star recruit is a natural at the position. "I know he's gonna stick on defense because he just went through spring practice where he not only stuck, but he really, really stood out," Harbuagh said. Sainristil was the fourth leading receiver on last year's squad, hauling in 21 receptions for 305 yards and two touchdowns. - On3.com

(DS#70 WR) rJr/2024 WR Mike SainristilMichigan
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  06/04/22 - Cade McNamararJr/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 212 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Jim Harbaugh will make no declarations, no promises as to what might come out of Michigan's quarterback competition this fall. The only thing he expects between Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy, he told reporters Thursday, is a phrase the coach has uttered many times before. "It'll be competitive," Harbaugh said at the Michigan football showcase at Ferris State University. "The dynamic, I would say, is competitive." As the Wolverines inch closer to fall camp and begin summer workouts this summer in Ann Arbor, everyone wants to know what happens at quarterback. McNamara is coming off an impressive season, throwing for more than 2,500 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first full season as starter, leading Michigan to a 12-2 season, Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff berth.

As McNamara, a redshirt junior, aptly reminded the media in the spring: "I'm a Big Ten championship starting quarterback." Meanwhile, all McNamara has heard the last 12 months has been chatter about J.J. McCarthy, the former five-star recruit with a big arm and elite athleticism. Harbaugh declared the quarterback job open entering spring, but McCarthy was quickly limited in his throwing with an undisclosed shoulder injury. McCarthy is believed to be healthy and throwing again, according to media reports, suggesting he'll be full-go once camp begins in early August. "Every time I ask him, that's what he's saying," Harbaugh said. "He's feeling good about it. The beautiful thing about J.J. McCarthy is, he's like a kid in a candy store. That's his mentality. That's his attitude. That hasn't changed one bit. "If that's any indication, I would say he's right on schedule." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#13 QB) rJr/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  06/01/22 - R.J. MotenJr/2024, Michigan, 6-0, 221 (DS#12 FS) + More +

  R.J. Moten went from an afterthought as a true freshman to definite rotation player, if not starter, in a matter of months. He impressed the staff so much last spring and fall, he earned his first career start in the Wolverines' season opener last September against Western Michigan. It was his first of five starts at safety, backing up Hill, who took on an all-econmpassing, rover-type role that called for him lining up every which way. With Hill often tasked with defending an opponent's top receiver, it allowed Moten to get his feet wet and learn how to play at a high level on a weekly basis.

Listed at 6 feet and 221 pounds, Moten doesn't come across as intimidating - but he has knack for finding the football and making plays. In 14 starts last season, the Delran, N.J., native racked up 34 tackles (27 of them solo), contributed an interception and had four pass breakups. "Last year, I was a little down there (on the totem pole)," Moten acknowledged this spring. "But this year, without them, it's my turn to step up and be that Dax or Brad that they were last year." Moten and Rod Moore, who played as a true freshman last year, are the frontrunners to start at safety for Michigan this fall. And while their experience level might not be that of their predecessors, the coaching staff liked what the saw last season. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#12 FS) Jr/2024 FS R.J. MotenMichigan
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  05/29/22 - Gemon GreenrSr/2023, Michigan, 6-1, 181 (DS#25 CB) + More +

  On its face, Michigan has two returning starters at cornerback in Gemon Green (12 starts) and D.J. Turner (7). Both will enter fall camp as the frontrunners, with Jalen Perry and potentially true freshman Will Johnson in the mix. There isn't a ton of the depth at the position at the moment, but there's growing optimism with Johnson and returner Ja'Den McBurrows, who appeared in four games as a true freshman last season. Look for Green and Turner to be the guys on the outside to start the season. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#25 CB) rSr/2023 CB Gemon GreenMichigan
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  05/29/22 - Cade McNamararJr/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 212 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Five of Michigan's upcoming football games this season will kick off at noon, and there's one scheduled night game - so far. The Big Ten and its broadcast partners announced a handful of schedule updates for the Wolverines this season, beginning with their season opener against Colorado State. That Sept. 3 game at Michigan Stadium will kick off at noon. A week later, Michigan, which is playing its first four games of the season at Michigan Stadium, will face Hawaii in primetime on Big Ten Network (BTN) at 8 p.m. Michigan's final nonconference game against Connecticut on Sept. 17 will be at noon on ABC. The Wolverines' Big Ten season opens Sept. 24 against Maryland at noon on FOX or FS1.

Two of Michigan's road games have been set. The Wolverines will be at Indiana for homecoming at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8 at noon. The network has not yet been determined. Michigan's regular-season finale against Ohio State was previously announced for a noon kick at Ohio State (FOX) on Nov. 26. Remaining games on the schedule can be selected before the season or will be chosen during the six- and 12-day selection process with the networks. Michigan's kickoff times that have yet to be set: Oct. 1 at Iowa, Oct. 15 against Penn State, Oct. 29 against Michigan State, Nov. 5 at Rutgers, Nov. 12 against Nebraska, and Nov. 19 against Illinois. - Detroit News


(DS#13 QB) rJr/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  05/27/22 - Shea PattersonSr/2020, Michigan, 6-1, 212 (DS#18 QB) + More +

  Six games into the rebooted United States Football League, Shea Patterson has already switched teams. The former Michigan quarterback and No. 1 pick in the league's 2022 draft was waived by the Michigan Panthers late Wednesday, a byproduct of the team's underwhelming start. Patterson was signed just an hour later by the USFL's New Orleans Breakers, who are set to play the Panthers Saturday night in Birmingham, Ala. (9 p.m., FS1).

In a post foreshadowing the move, Patterson took to social media platform Twitter on Tuesday morning to write: "The hustle will be worth it in the end, I promise." Through six games, Patterson ranked third among USFL quarterbacks in passing yards (973) but came in dead-last among league starters in QBR (112.4), a ranking used to measure efficiency. He's thrown five interceptions, several of them costly, and been sacked 13 times. Patterson has flashed his speed at times also, rushing for 171 yards and two touchdowns. But he's gotten off to slow starts that have hampered the Michigan offense. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#18 QB) Sr/2020 QB Shea PattersonMichigan
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  05/26/22 - Erick AllSr/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 245 (DS#4 TE) + More +

  If there was ever an on-field moment that sums up Erick All, it was the cold, wet afternoon last November at Penn State. Nursing a high-ankle sprain that sidelined him a week earlier, and had Nittany Lions defenders feeling confident in their ability to keep up with the 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end, All surprised everyone. As quarterback Cade McNamara dropped back to pass, Michigan successfully ran a mesh route that sent two receivers from the right side of the field to left, confusing Penn State players and leaving a streaking All wide open over the field of the field.

Not only did he catch the football, but he darted up field more than 40 yards for a touchdown, outrunning everyone after him. "I mean, he was two weeks off a high-ankle sprain and he was doing that," Michigan tight ends coach Grant Newsome, a graduate assistant coach at the time, recently recalled. "I think he's a really, really special athlete." Newsome isn't the only Michigan assistant to heap praise on All, who enters his senior year this fall. It was offensive line coach (formerly in charge of the tight ends) Sherrone Moore who just a couple of years ago set the expectation high for the Fairfield, Ohio, native. The coaches saw something special in All early on, not only in his big, athletic frame but his natural ability and over-the-top work ethic. "We have to try and pull him back sometimes, because he just wants to kill everything," Newsome said. "He wants to hit, hit, hit. And that's great - but we're trying to be smart about that." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#4 TE) Sr/2023 TE Erick AllMichigan
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