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  11/24/20 - Cade McNamararFr/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 205 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Cade McNamara doesn't decide who should start at quarterback for Michigan; head coach Jim Harbaugh does. But McNamara has made the decision difficult or obvious, depending on how you look at it. McNamara, the backup quarterback to Joe Milton, took over late in the second quarter, resuscitated Michigan's offense after it trailed 17-0, and led the team to a 48-42, triple-overtime victory over Rutgers at SHI Stadium Saturday night. Michigan is now 2-3 and ended a three-game losing streak. Milton has started all five games this season. McNamara, who also gave Michigan a spark in the loss to Wisconsin and led the Wolverines to their only touchdown in that game, was asked if he feels he should now lead this team as starter.

"Personally, I feel like I've done enough for me to be put in that position," McNamara said. "That's coach Harbaugh's decision. Whatever's best for the team, that's coach Harbaugh's decision, but I feel like I'm confident enough in myself that if my number is called again, that I perform the same way." McNamara was 27-of-36 for 260 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the second overtime. He threw two touchdowns to Cornelius Johnson, one to tight end Nick Eubanks and another to Mike Sainristil. For the season, McNamara is 31-of-46 for 334 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. "Cade was outstanding," Harbaugh said. "Really gritty performance in all ways. His play was inspiring. Can't say enough great things. So proud of him." - Detroit News


(DS#8 QB) rFr/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  11/23/20 - Giles JacksonSo/2023, Michigan, 5-09, 188 (DS#27 WR) + More +

  NOV 23 BIG TEN SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Giles Jackson, Michigan, So., WR, Antioch, Calif./Freedom,...Returned four kickoffs for 159 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown to open the second half in a victory at Rutgers...His 95-yard return is tied for seventh-longest in program history and gives him two of the seven longest return touchdowns in school history, joining his 97-yard touchdown in 2019...Added four catches for 50 yards on offense...Earns his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first of the season...Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Giles Jackson (Nov. 4, 2019). - Big Ten Football

(DS#27 WR) So/2023 WR Giles JacksonMichigan
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  11/21/20 - Cade McNamararFr/2024, Michigan, 6-1, 205 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Hassan Haskins dove in from less than a yard out on fourth down in the third overtime and Michigan outlasted Rutgers 48-42 on Saturday night, avoiding its worst start in 53 years. Sophomore Cade McNamara came off the bench and threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as Michigan (2-3, 2-3 Big Ten) snapped a three-game losing streak and handed Rutgers (1-4, 1-4) its fourth straight loss. Michigan missed the 2-point conversion after Haskins' touchdown, but safety Daxton Hill intercepted Noah Vedral's desperation heave into the end zone from the 24-yard line to end the game that lasted 4 1/2 hours.

Vedral threw an 11-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass to Aron Cruickshank and then carried two defenders into the end zone on the 2-point conversion run to tie the game at 35 and force the extra sessions. Both teams missed field goals on the first possession of overtime. Vedral threw a 25-yard yard touchdown pass to tight end Jovani Haskins to put Rutgers ahead 42-35, but McNamara scored on a 2-yard run to tie the game. McNamara replaced junior Joe Milton for the second straight week and finished 27 of 36 for 260 yards. The sophomore had TD passes of 46 and 9 yards to Cornelius Johnson, 8-yards to Nick Eubanks and a 6-yarder to Mike Sainristil. - Michigan/AP College Football


(DS#8 QB) rFr/2024 QB Cade McNamaraMichigan
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  11/21/20 - Aidan HutchinsonJr/2022, Michigan, 6-5, 269 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Michigan's standout defensive end suffered a fracture in his right leg against Indiana and will require surgery, putting him out of action for the foreseeable future. Hutchinson has been one of the Wolverines' most productive defensive players the past two seasons and won't easily be replaced. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Upshaw and redshirt junior Luiji Vilain saw an increased role after Hutchinson departed early in Saturday's game. Fellow starting end Kwity Paye also limped off the field in the second half Saturday and did not return, so Michigan could be without both starters against Wisconsin. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#1 DE) Jr/2022 DE Aidan HutchinsonMichigan
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  11/21/20 - Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  After a promising start to the season against Minnesota, Joe Milton has struggled in the three games since. While he still showed glimpses of his potential against Michigan State and Indiana, he looked uncomfortable against the Badgers and was pulled in the third quarter. Redshirt freshman Cade McNamara came in and was sensational on his first drive, completing all three passes for 74 yards and a score, but he connected on just one of his next four passes for no gain. Coach Jim Harbaugh said after Saturday's loss that the staff needs to evaluate "everything" within his program. Could that signal a possible change at quarterback? We'll see. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#13 QB) rSo/2023 QB Joe MiltonMichigan
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  11/05/20 - Vincent GrayrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-1, 190 (DS#35 CB) + More +

  We knew the cornerback position was one of the team's biggest question marks heading into 2020 after losing starters Lavert Hill and Ambry Thomas. But this year's starters Vincent Gray and Gemon Green acquitted themselves well in the opener against Minnesota. Saturday was a different story. Both got beat deep on multiple occasions, and they also combined for three penalties in coverage. Gray's struggles reached a tipping point in the second half, with Michigan benching him for redshirt freshman Jalen Perry, who was making his college debut. Perry didn't fare much better, begging the question: what does Michigan do at cornerback moving forward? It doesn't have much experience outside of that trio. Redshirt freshman DJ Turner and redshirt sophomore Sammy Faustin are options, but neither has appeared in a game at corner (Faustin appeared in three games at safety in 2019). Expect defensive coordinator Don Brown to make adjustments before Saturday's game at Indiana. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#35 CB) rSo/2023 CB Vincent GrayMichigan
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  11/04/20 - Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Joe Milton didn't turn the ball over again and threw for 300 yards, but the poise he showed against the Golden Gophers wasn't there against MSU. The Wolverines were able to pick up chunk plays in Week 1 without Milton having to air it out downfield, but that wasn't the case versus the Spartans. Milton didn't look as comfortable in the pocket Saturday, which partly can be attributed to the pressure MSU was getting. But he also forced some throws that weren't there and, at times, was a little too quick to scramble when his first read wasn't open.

Overall, he completed just 32 of 51 attempts for zero touchdowns, while MSU's Rocky Lombardi threw for 323 yards and three scores on 17-of-32 passing. Milton did lead the team in rushing with 59 yards on 12 attempts, including picking up a hard-fought first down on a fourth-and-5 on Michigan's final drive. But overall, he was outplayed by Lombardi, by a lot. Michigan punted on eight of 12 possessions Saturday. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#13 QB) rSo/2023 QB Joe MiltonMichigan
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  11/04/20 - Vincent GrayrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-1, 190 (DS#35 CB) + More +

  When Rocky Lombardi dropped back to pass on first-and-10 from Michigan's 34-yard line with 6:36 to go, he saw a familiar scene playing out. Michigan State freshman receiver Ricky White was streaking down the right sideline, single-covered by cornerback Jalen Perry, with a beat on his defender. Lombardi let the ball go and delivered it to White for a 31-yard completion, setting up the go-ahead touchdown in the Spartans' stunning 27-24 win over Michigan on Saturday. It was a result that played out time and again for the Wolverines, whose inexperience in the secondary and unwillingness to change schematically gave MSU a pathway to victory. "We've got to look at that," Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said of his secondary's struggles. "Every single guy. What they can do and what they can do better. Every coach, too. We've got to look at all facets of it."

On first-and-10 from the Michigan 30-yard line at the 10:57 mark of the first quarter, Lombardi found White running down the left sideline a step ahead of Michigan cornerback Gemon Green, a redshirt sophomore who made his first collegiate start a week earlier against Minnesota. It was the first sign of a long day ahead for Michigan's secondary, which was caught off guard by the Spartans' deep-ball game plan. "We didn't really expect those - because the game plan was just to hone in on the run," safety Daxton Hill said. "But they threw some (deep) shots in there, so we had to adjust." Michigan's other starting corner, Vincent Gray, had a difficult day in coverage as well. The redshirt sophomore was flagged twice, once for holding and once for pass interference, on MSU's final drive of the first quarter. Luckily for Gray, it ended in zero points after the Spartans were forced to punt, but it was a sign of things to come. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#35 CB) rSo/2023 CB Vincent GrayMichigan
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  11/04/20 - Aidan HutchinsonJr/2022, Michigan, 6-5, 269 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  Where did Michigan's pass-rush go that was so effective against Minnesota? The Wolverines had no sacks and just two quarterback hurries - both from Kwity Paye. For a position group that is supposed to be the identity of the defense, it needs to be better. While MSU only rushed for 3.3 yards per carry, Michigan only had two tackles for loss, which both came from linebackers. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#1 DE) Jr/2022 DE Aidan HutchinsonMichigan
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  10/28/20 - Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  It was only one game, but consider Urban Meyer impressed. The retired former Ohio State head coach-turned college football analyst appeared on Big Ten Network Monday to recap Week 1 in the league, and he liked what Michigan was doing. The Wolverines nearly compiled 500 yards of total offense, never turned the football over and rolled to a 49-24 road win at Minnesota. "Boy, I went back and rewatched it - and I thought (Josh) Gattis did a heck of a job," Meyer told host Rick Pizzo. "That's a legitimate spread offense." Meyer, who once called Michigan's quarterback a "Cam Newton lookalike" for his strong arm, large frame and ability to run, said Joe Milton "has options" in the new offense. Four different running backs got carries on Saturday, while Milton (15-22, 225 yards, TD) completed at least one pass to nine different players. "He wasn't a real aggressive runner, a good runner, but I just think he's going to get better and better," Meyer said. "He is a giant athlete, and his ball comes out (quickly) from the release point." - Ann Arbor News

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  10/27/20 - Erick AllSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 242 (DS#7 TE) + More +

  Erick All's dropped touchdown pass in the third quarter of Saturday's win over Minnesota caught many on the Michigan sideline by surprise. The sophomore tight end has a reputation for catching anything thrown his way in practice, a trait that helped him get onto the field as a true freshman in 2019. So when offensive coordinator Josh Gattis called the very next play for All, a short flip pass to him behind the line of scrimmage, he made the most of it by picking up 23 yards for a first down. "I was just way too excited," All told reporters Monday over a video conference call. "I felt like the coaches knew that. If it weren't for that second opportunity, it probably would have been in my head. I felt like the coaches knew that they had confidence that I don't really drop balls, for real. "I just thank God that the coaches believed in me and I was able to get out there for the second play and do what was right."

Head coach Jim Harbaugh called All one of the "unheralded" offensive players in Michigan's 49-24 win over the Golden Gophers, praising his blocking for helping set free some of those big plays. All got the start - the first of his career - after Nick Eubanks was unavailable to Michigan. "His blocking was phenomenal," Harbaugh said Monday. "In line, on the perimeter - just tremendous. He had the opportunity for the touchdown. It was just so natural for him catching, that he pulled his head away just as the ball was coming in. He just expects to catch everything - and always does." All came to Michigan in 2019 as a project tight end. He played receiver all throughout high school and become used to running routes and catching the football. - Ann Arbor News


(DS#7 TE) So/2023 TE Erick AllMichigan
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  10/27/20 - Aidan HutchinsonJr/2022, Michigan, 6-5, 269 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  If Saturday's opener is any indication, opponents are going to be placing extra attention on Aidan Hutchinson this season. The Michigan defensive end, whose lean frame and extraordinary athletic ability make him difficult to match up with, drew extra blockers throughout the Wolverines' 49-24 win over Minnesota. Hutchinson chuckled Monday when compared to former Michigan first-round pick Rashan Gary, who received similar treatment in 2018. "Yeah, yeah, it certainly felt like it was holding - holding every play from their offensive line," Hutchinson said. "I definitely felt the double teams on Saturday too." Hutchinson was often the Michigan defensive lineman doubled up on when the Wolverines went to a three-man front.

Early in the second quarter, on second-and-15 from Michigan's 37-yard line, Minnesota closed Hutchinson off to buy Morgan enough time to hit receiver Rashod Bateman over the middle for a first down. Later in the quarter, on a second-and-5 play with the Gophers on their own 30, Hutchinson was met with two blockers to allow running Mohamed Ibrahim to break around the corner. Ibrahim was stopped by linebacker Cam McGrone for a 1-yard gain. "Minnesota had a tough scheme," Hutchinson said "They ran a lot of 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends); a lot of heavy sets. They ran the ball a lot, so it was hard to get that pressure on those early downs just because they had their big tight ends, big personnels." - Ann Arbor News


(DS#1 DE) Jr/2022 DE Aidan HutchinsonMichigan
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  10/24/20 - Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Joe Milton accounted for two touchdowns in an unflappable debut at quarterback for No. 18 Michigan, and the Wolverines trampled No. 21 Minnesota with 258 rushing yards in a 49-24 victory Saturday night to open the virus-delayed season. Zach Charbonnet had a 70-yard scoring run in the first quarter to set the tone for Michigan's dominance on offense, one of five rushing touchdowns. Donovan Jeter followed by scoring on a 15-yard scoop of an airborne fumble forced by a blitzing Michael Barrett, one of five sacks by the Wolverines. Minnesota's Tanner Morgan passed for 188 yards and a touchdown, with two turnovers. Barrett added a 66-yard kickoff return to set up Milton's scoring pass to Ben Mason that capped a 21-point first quarter to spur the Wolverines to their 13th win in the last 15 conference openers.

They have not lost at Minnesota in the battle for the Little Brown Jug trophy since 1977. With the Wolverines leading 28-17 late in the second quarter, Gophers coach P.J. Fleck ordered a fake punt on fourth-and-4 at their own 31, an obvious sign of how overwhelmed their defense was throughout the game. Tight end Ko Kieft, who gave the Gophers a 7-0 lead with his touchdown catch, took the snap as the upback but was stuffed for a 2-yard loss. Hassan Haskins rushed six times for 82 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolverines, whose only obvious mistakes were on special teams - allowing a blocked punt in the first quarter and three missed field goals by Jake Moody. - Michigan/AP College Football


(DS#13 QB) rSo/2023 QB Joe MiltonMichigan
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  10/22/20 - Carlo KempSr/2021, Michigan, 6-2, 286 (DS#43 DT) + More +

  Michigan's football team has its captains for the 2020 season. Head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed the seven players selected as captains Monday night on the "Inside Michigan Football" radio show: fifth-year senior defensive tackle Carlo Kemp, senior defensive end Kwity Paye, fifth-year senior center Andrew Vastardis, fifth-year senior tight end Nick Eubanks, redshirt junior linebacker Josh Ross, senior fullback Ben Mason and junior defensive end Aidan Hutchinson. The seven captains are the most in program history. "All those guys are just very deserving, top-shelf players and leaders," Harbaugh said. Kemp has started 25 games during his Michigan career and is entering his second season as a team captain. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#43 DT) Sr/2021 DT Carlo KempMichigan
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  10/22/20 - Nico CollinsSr/2021, Michigan, 6-3, 215 (DS#7 WR) + More +

  Michigan's football team isn't ready to close the door on a potential return, but receiver Nico Collins won't be suiting up this week for the Wolverines. Nor, it appears, anytime soon. Head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that Collins, a two-time all-Big Ten honorable mention who was forecasted to be Michigan's top option in 2020, "is not participating in football right now." "And I don't have a crystal ball as to if his mind would change or not," Harbaugh said. "But I know he's not currently on the team." Michigan recently updated its roster to reflect changes, including Collins' decision not to play in 2020. Reports say the 6-foot-4, 222-pound wideout hired an agent and has started the process required to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#7 WR) Sr/2021 WR Nico CollinsMichigan
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