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Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that the team will travel to South Africa during the 2019 offseason.

The Wolverines have gradually expanded their range after taking flak for visiting Florida two springs ago. They upped the ante with Rome a year ago and just got back from their most recent journey, to France. While he's received criticisms for some of his unorthodox practices, Harbaugh fairly points out that football players are not afforded the same study-abroad opportunities as your average UM student and that these trips help to augment their university experience.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 12:29 PM

Michigan signed three-star 2018 RB Christian Turner in December.

Turner had plenty of big-school interest, and he was also considering Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State and Notre Dame, just to name a select few. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound tailback ranked 22nd among running backs in the 2018 class in the 247 Sports composite rankings, and reports indicate Turner has quality vision and balance along with the ability to make plays in the passing game as a receiver.
Source: 247 Sports
May 21 - 3:44 PM

Authorities have chosen not to file charges against former Michigan LB Elysee Mbem-Bosse in relation to a series of threatening social media posts aimed at Wolverines HC Jim Harbaugh.

Police at the university conducted a month-long investigation into several disturbing posts made by Mbem-Bosse last month, including one which read that "Michigan is open carry. Let's not forget. Not your friend." and another which read that "It's on tomorrow." The latter tweet tagged Harbaugh. The former UM linebacker apologized after those posts were made and the investigation's now been closed. Hopefully all parties involved can move forward in a healthy, productive fashion. Mbem-Bosse left the program in November, though whether that was of his own volition or a team decision is unclear.
Source: mlive.com
May 16 - 11:37 AM

Michigan AD Manuel Warde said that he wants HC Jim Harbaugh to remain with the program until Harbaugh retires.

"I’m extremely pleased with where we are from a staffing, coaching standpoint and Jim (Harbaugh) and [UM basketball HC John Beilein] are two people that I would love to see retire from this institution, retire from coaching," Warde said. We've been somewhat underwhelmed by Harbaugh's run at Michigan to date, but he clearly has the backing of the administration and has the talent on hand this year to potentially make a Playoff run. Our biggest question with Harbaugh has always been not whether the Wolverines will can him if the program can't get to where it needs to go, but if Harbaugh, himself, has the patience to stay on board through thick and thin. Michigan has yet to finish higher than third in the Big Ten East since he took over the helm of the ship prior to the 2015 season.
Source: mlive.com
May 15 - 3:20 PM

Michigan four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Cade McNamara received an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals.

McNamara (6'1/170) earns the invitation after a strong showing at the Elite 11 regional in Las Vegas this past weekend. He earned position MVP honors for his work in the camp. Writes 247Sports' Greg Biggins of his performance, "The Michigan commit was ripping the ball through windy conditions early on in the camp and threw with a lot of poise and confidence throughout." Biggins additionally notes that McNamara showed off the quickest release among all quarterback contenders in Vegas. The Reno native slots into the 247Sports composite board as the No. 258 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
May 15 - 3:09 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler projected four Michigan players to be selected in the first round in a recent mock draft for the 2019 class.

Those four players are DE Rashan Gary, OLB Devin Bush, QB Shea Patterson and DE Chase Winovich. Of the athletes in question, Gary is going to go highest -- he will be in play for a top-five selection -- while Winovich figures to be more of a borderline Day 1/Day 2 selection. We view both Patterson and Bush as rock-solid mid-Day 1 possibilities.
May 12 - 3:56 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that junior DT Michael Dwumfour is the "No. 1 guy" who put himself in position for heavy playing time with his performance in spring practice.

Harbaugh wasn't the only one talking up Dwumfour during the spring, either. Team anchor and fellow defensive lineman Rashan Gary referred to the 6-foot-2, 300-pound as "ridiculous" and comparing his first step to that of now-former teammate Maurice Hurst. Wolverines DL coach Greg Mattison, meanwhile, waxed poetic in early April that Dwumfour was "having one of the best springs I can remember." While he's played sparingly early in his career with UM -- just five career tackles in two active seasons -- it's very much looking like he'll be a leading candidate to help replace the aforementioned Hurst in August camp.
May 12 - 12:18 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that a second season of Amazon's ALL OR NOTHING series could be in play.

"Possible. It's a possibility. (We're) kind of talking to people and asking them what they think," Harbaugh said on Thursday night. He cited the positives that came on his own campus in Ann Arbor, where students are seeing football players from different angles than they were prior to watching the ALL OR NOTHING profile of the program. Harbaugh, himself, claims not to have watched the series, as "I can't watch myself." Noted, Coach. No second season of the streaming series is official as of yet, but UM netted $2.25 million for their participation in Season 1 and that kind of payday certainly has its allure.
Source: mlive.com
May 11 - 4:42 PM

CBS Sports college football writer Will Brinson projects the Jaguars to take Michigan junior QB Shea Patterson with the 24th pick in his 2019 NFL Mock Draft.

Patterson would be the fifth quarterback off the board in Brinson's scenario, with West Virginia's Will Grier going second to the Giants, Auburn's Jared Stidham to the Dolphins sixth, Missouri's Drew Lock to the Broncos with the ninth and NC State's Ryan Finley to the Chargers with pick 20. "It was a little surprising the Jags didn't move to find a Blake Bortles replacement in this year's draft," writes Brinson, "but they certainly need to think about doing so in next year's draft."
Source: CBS Sports
May 7 - 5:51 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Michigan junior LB Devin Bush among their early prospects to watch in the 2019 NFL Draft class.

Bush (5'11/227) was among the best linebackers in the Big Ten last year, accumulating 5.5 sacks and 95 tackles in 2017. Not only did the Wolverine defender make plays, he was efficient doing so. "Bush made plays all over the field, missing only three tackles on 94 attempts," PFF notes. Another strong year from the junior linebacker will see Bush go in the first round in 2019.
May 7 - 2:30 PM

Michigan RB coach Jay Harbaugh said in early April that redshirt sophomore RB Kareem Walker was "coming along."

"I think, thus far, we've all been pretty happy with his performance this spring. He's competing. He's doing the best he can," Harbaugh said. If this reads as somewhat boilerplate positivity, yup, we're seeing it the same. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Walker has mostly been a non-factor since enrolling at Michigan as a five-star recruit in the 2016 class. Academic issues set him behind the eight-ball to start with during his initial year on campus and he saw the field in just five games as a redshirt freshman in 2017. Karan Higdon and Chris Evans are already essentially locked in at the top of the depth chart (in some order) and it's going to take a big August camp for Walker to make hay on the totem pole. We're not going to predict a transfer quite yet, but in the same breath, it's difficult to see such a highly-sought recruit languishing on the depth chart for too much longer before he begins to feel antsy.
Source: mlive.com
May 6 - 12:28 PM

Michigan signed five-star 2018 OLB Cam McGrone in December.

McGrone ranked at the top of 247 Sports list of outside linebackers, and 24th overall. In other words, he's good. At 6-foot-1, 215-pounds, he clearly will have to add mass to play at the highest level, but reports rave about his quick first step and ability to disengage from blocks, and reports indicate he's a quality coverage linebacker as well. It was a disappointing class for Michigan compared to their previous efforts, but McGrone gives them an elite potential defender.
Source: 247 Sports
May 5 - 3:38 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay projects the Giants to take Michigan junior DE Rashan Gary with the third pick in his way-too-early 2019 Mock Draft.

If it plays out like McShay sees it, there will be three defensive lineman off the board to start the draft. Houston's Ed Oliver goes to the Bills, Ohio State's Nick Bosa goes to the Bears, and Gary goes to the Giants. As McShay notes, Gary is versatile as a defender as he can play inside or out thanks to his 6-foot-5, 281-pound size, and he showed the ability to stop the run (58 tackles) and pressure the QB (5.5 sacks) in 2018. If the Giants are picking this high they will need a QB, but there might not be one worth the third pick in the draft next season.
Source: ESPN
May 4 - 6:44 PM

Michigan special teams coordinator Chris Partridge said that sophomore WR Donovan Peoples-Jones is "now getting comfortable" as a punt returner.

Peoples-Jones (6'2/190) put up 320 yards and a touchdown on 40 punt returns last season, his first in the collegiate ranks. Partridge passed along earlier this spring that the former five-star recruit has shown an increased level of confidence and authority in his catching the ball on the special teams end of matters. As a receiver, Peoples-Jones caught 22 passes for 277 yards in 2017. He's still looking for his first career touchdown grab. We're expecting big things from the wideout this season, especially given the tantalizing upside of QB Shea Patterson.
Source: 247Sports
May 4 - 3:23 PM

Michigan redshirt junior T Grant Newsome (knee) is still waiting for medical clearance to return for the 2018 season.

"Just waiting for one nagging thing to come along, one kind of piece of it," Newsome told the Detroit News. The 6-foot-7, 318-pound tackle suffered a gruesome injury that dislocated his knee and kept him in the hospital for 38 days in October of 2016, and he hasn't been back on the field since. A four-star signee, Newsome could be a big return for the Michigan offense if/when he's cleared, but it's understandable that the Wolverines will take every precaution for the talented tackle.
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