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Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reports that Ed Warinner is expected to take over the offensive line coaching duties for Michigan with Tim Drevno stepping down.

Warinner was hired as an analyst this offseason. He's coached offensive lines at both Ohio State and Minnesota. He was also a candidate to join the Titans staff this offseason to work for the Titans. It's unknown at this point what Michigan will do at the offensive coordinator position, but it could go to recently hired former Florida coach Jim McElwain.
Feb 23 - 5:03 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Michigan OC Tim Drevno is resigning from his post.

Drevno was initially hired as part of HC Jim Harbaugh's inaugural Wolverines staff during the winter of 2015. Michigan's offenses have largely been stagnant under his watch, particularly on the passing side of the equation. The ineptitude has stood in stark contrast to what UM has been fielding on defense. Where the team turns to on offense now that Drevno is out of the equation is currently unknown. Michigan hired Jim McElwain as wide receivers coach earlier this week and he would seem to be a respectable candidate to step in for Drevno, though 247Sports is hearing that the program has not yet decided their next move.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 23 - 11:58 AM

2019 four-star T Trente Jones verbally committed to Michigan.

The Wolverines went into Georgia -- something they've been doing more and more recently -- to grab Jones. Per the 247Sports composite, Jones is the No. 332 overall player in the class, and the No. 36 tackle. The 6-foot-6, 282-pound Jones pledged to Michigan over a variety of offers, including Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Source: MLive
Feb 21 - 8:01 PM

Michigan hired former Florida HC Jim McElwain to serve as wide receivers coach.

McElwain's addition to the UM staff was first reported as in the works early in February, with the coach confirming it on Saturday and the team making the official announcement on Tuesday. While he has been named receivers coach, it's possible that his duties may extend beyond the boundaries of the position group. Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reported on Friday that he could potentially see some of the work typically handled in an offensive-coordinating role. McElwain's time in two-plus years at Florida failed to yield much of an offense outside of a brief spark kindled with Will Grier prior to Grier being suspended for PED use, but he should not be judged solely on that stint -- he found plenty of offensive success as head coach at Colorado State -- and we like what he brings to the table in a secondary role for Michigan.
Source: mgoblue.com
Feb 20 - 1:24 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon lists Michigan as one of the 10 teams who have a legitimate shot at winning the championship in 2018.

Michigan is coming off a disappointing season and are losing some talented players like Maurice Hurst, but Kenyon still sees reason for optimism. He offers a caveat, however, as they'll need QB transfer Shea Patterson to be ruled eligible. "Michigan returns All-American-caliber players all over the defense. Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Devin Bush, Khaleke Hudson, Lavert Hill and David Long will be key pieces of an elite group," Kenyon writes. "With Patterson complementing that unit, the Wolverines have a chance to navigate a slate that includes Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State." It's certainly volatile, but the Wolverines have a real chance of competing in 2018.
Feb 19 - 12:00 PM

Jim McElwain has told ESPN's Chris Low that he has joined the Michigan coaching staff.

"I'm excited to get back into it and am looking forward to going there and learning and helping Michigan get better," McElwain told Low. He replaces Dan Enos, who left the Wolverines to join the Alabama coaching staff. Bruce Feldman reported on Friday that McElwain could have offensive coordinator duties as part of his new role. He's been a head coach for both Colorado State and Florida, and he has a career win-loss record of 44-28.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 9:44 PM

Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reports that Jim McElwain has been offered a job on Michigan's staff.

Feldman reports that the offer would have McElwain working with the wide receivers, and could include offensive coordinator duties. He also notes that he could join the Michigan staff as soon as next week. He interviewed for the position earlier in the month, and it quickly came out that the interview went well and that he was a "strong candidate" to join the staff. McElwain has been a head coach at both Colorado State and Florida, with a career record of 44-28. He was let go by the Gators in October.
Feb 16 - 7:49 PM

An AFC scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Michigan DT Maurice Hurst is "only going to play for 4-3, upfield teams as a three-technique."

"That's the only place that works for him," the scout explains. It's an opinion that we've heard from multiple analysts. While this narrows the potential destination pool for the 6-foot-2, 282-pound Hurst, not all is lost for the defensive tackle. The scout notes that "[h]e's got a get-off that is crazy fast and if he gets with the right coordinator, he's going to be tough to block." Zierlein mocks him to the Cowboys at pick No. 19 in his first such exercise of the evaluating season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 4:26 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that Michigan needs to make a serious run at the Playoff during the upcoming season if the Wolverines are to rebound off a modest 2018 recruiting class.

Michigan wrapped with Rivals' No. 4 recruiting class in 2016 and 2017, but dropped down to No. 24 for the most recently completed cycle. Writes Farrell, "When kids see 10 wins, 10 wins and then eight, they think your program is regressing and it’s used against you by everybody else." The analyst believes the ship is still more than right-able if the program puts up impressive results for the 2018 campaign. The Wolverines finished the 2018 cycle housing the fourth-best recruiting class in the Big Ten behind Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska.
Source: Rivals
Feb 13 - 4:27 PM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks ranks Maurice Hurst as his top defensive tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

This is somewhat of an upset, as many analysts have Washington's Vita Vea as the top defensive tackle class. Brooks has Vea second, followed by Florida's Tavon Bryan, Alabama's Da'Ron Payne and Florida State's Derrick Nnadi. "The pass-rushing defensive tackle is en vogue in a league that's becoming more pass-centric," Brooks writes. "Hurst certainly fits the bill as a disruptive interior player with a non-stop motor and superb hand skills." Most current mocks having the former Michigan star going somewhere in the middle of the first round.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 1:41 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Jim McElwain is a strong candidate to become the new WR coach at Michigan.

McElwain reportedly interviewed for the position last week, and with Toledo offensive coordinator Brian Wright no longer a candidate, it appears that he is at the top of the class, if he wasn't already. He would replace Dan Enos, who left the Wolverines to join the Alabama staff. McElwain was fired by Florida in late October with a record of 22-14 in his two-plus years with the Gators.
Feb 11 - 1:03 PM

The Spun's Andrew Holleran lists Michigan as the team with the toughest schedule in the 2018 season.

Fellow Big Ten teams Nebraska and Rutgers come in at second and third, respectively, with Notre Dame and Pittsburgh rounding out the top five. Michigan opens the year with a trip to South Bend against Notre Dame, and they also have non-conference games against SMU and Western Michigan. They'll take on Penn State and Ohio State, of course, and also have tough games against Michigan State and Wisconsin as well. It's a talented team, but that's a brutal group of games for the Wolverines, or anyone.
Source: The Spun
Feb 11 - 12:01 PM

Rivals National Director of Recruiting Mike Farrell listed Michigan as one of the schools that had the biggest drops in recruiting ranks from 2017 to 2018.

Michigan's class came in at 25th -- far from something that would be considered "terrible" or even bad -- but when your last two classes rank 4th, it's a noticeable drop. "I’m not sure if the excitement of Harbaugh being in charge has worn off or if the up-and-down season was the reason, but Michigan should always finish in the top 15 and usually in the top 10," Farrell writes. "This was clearly a down cycle."
Source: Rivals
Feb 10 - 8:57 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that former Florida HC Jim McElwain has interviewed for a position at Michigan.

Additionally, it appears that former LSU OC Cam Cameron has also applied for the spot vacated when Dan Enos turned tail on the Wolverines in favor of Alabama in late January. McElwain was fired by Florida in late October. He posted a 22-14 record in his two-plus years with the Gators. While his offenses in Gainesville left much to be desired, he should not be considered a lost cause. We think he would be a sharp fit with the Wolverines, a team desperate for a boost on the offensive side of the ball.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 9 - 3:44 PM

Michigan redshirt junior T Grant Newsome (knee) is hopeful that he will be able to play this coming season, but said that it will be up to doctors.

Newsome (6'7/318) sustained a dislocated knee in October of 2016 and has been put through rehab hellfire in the intervening year-plus. Doctors had some initial fear that he might end up losing his right leg. He would ultimately undergo six surgical procedures in the span of 40 days. Newsome subsequently took a medical redshirt for the 2017 season. He's been going through conditioning work with the team this winter, but will need medical clearance if he's to participate in spring practice (starting March 22). The tackle acknowledged that it's not out of the realm of possibility that doctors recommend retirement. Expect an update on Newsome's status as we draw closer to spring practice.
Feb 9 - 11:09 AM


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