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Thursday Morning Brews: Football Surplusage

We have plenty of Football news, plus Derrick Walton earns an NBA Combine invite in this morning’s Brews

NCAA Football: Michigan Spring Game Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thursday, folks, and welcome to this morning’s Brews. Following up on Women’s Water Polo from Tuesday, the team has received a #6 seed and will face #3 seed USC a week from tomorrow in the NCAA Championship. Also in this morning’s Brews, we have a feature on newly-minted Denver Bronco Jake Butt, a highlight video from the team’s practices in Rome, a spot of recruiting news, and more.

Let’s hit the links:

This first piece is a feature on Jake Butt put together by Whistle Sports. In the video Butt discusses football at Michigan generally, his rehab and recovery regime following his knee surgery, and some personal anecdotes about how he got started with the sport of football. Owing to his optimism and competitive drive, Butt says, “I don’t look at the ACL as a setback. It’s just an opportunity for me to show people what kind of person I am, what kind of player I am, and how I handle adversity.” All of us here at MnB certainly wish him the best at the next level.

This next one is a highlight reel to put a wrap on the team’s practices over in Italy. Specifically, footage of Michigan’s practices at the Stadio dei Marmi, a practice field ringed by marble statues on the grounds of the Olympic Stadium in Rome. I can’t really do the video justice with a description so check it out. It’s only 75 seconds long.

Owing to the success Jim Harbaugh and staff have enjoyed through their first two years at Michigan, season tickets for 2017 have been sold at levels not seen in a decade. Considering where the program was just a few short years ago, the turnaround has been remarkable. According to the athletic department, 93,000 of the official capacity 107,601 seats at the Big House have been sold to season ticket holders. 72,000 of those season tickets have been sold to non-students, and the athletic department is seeing renewal rates for season tickets at 99%. The 21,000 student season tickets are also the highest number sold in a decade. Ticket packages will be made available to non-donors on June 24, with single game tickets coming available to non-donors on July 15.

Don Brown wasted no time after getting off his flight from Rome. Allen Trieu and Scout report ($) that the defensive coordinator stopped in to watch 2019 4* DT Jacob Lacey’s baseball game. According to 247Sports, Lacey is the #124 prospect and the #7 DT prospect in the country. Regarding Lacey’s recent visit to Michigan, he said, “Man, Michigan's one of the best visits I've ever had. . . .” He plans to narrow down his list of schools at the end of the summer and commit before his senior season.

Fans aren’t the only ones starting to think about the coming College Football season. At least one casino in Vegas has opened their book for bets on next year’s B1G Championship. Michigan comes in with the second best odds of taking the title (12/5). Leading the pack is Ohio State at 9/5. Penn. State and Wisconsin are tied for third at 13/5. When it comes to winning next year’s National Championship, Michigan is currently sixth at 15/1.

Derrick Walton has moved off the alternate list and is now an invitee for the NBA Draft Combine. Walton will be the third Wolverine at the multi-day event, joining DJ Wilson and Moe Wagner. After playing at such a high level to close out the season, Walton deserved a shot to make a splash in the NBA Draft and this invite will be his opportunity. The combine runs May 9-14 and the draft will be held on June 22. Go Blue.