Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. We’re one day away from August, where we’ll be one month away from Michigan football. This morning we have a football focused installment of the brews, so without further ado...
Let’s get to it:
Quinn Hughes returns for another season with Michigan. Hockey received a big boost when Quinn Hughes announced he would be returning for another season with the Wolverines. The defenseman was picked No. 7 overall by the Vancouver Canucks after his freshman season, and some thought he was as good as gone. After 90 minutes with head coach Mel Pearson and four hours with his family this past Friday, Hughes made his decision. He was coming back, with the goal of winning it all. For the full story, check out the MGoBlue feature linked above.
Tyree Kinnel’s road to Michigan. Keeping with the theme of MGoBlue features, this one is on safety Tyree Kinnel. Kinnel was a member of Harbaugh’s inaugural recruiting class. He recently told MGoBlue, “Coach Harbaugh called me on the very first day he got the job and told me he wanted me here. We had a great conversation and it solidified everything. I wanted to be a Wolverine, and it all worked out. It had been disappointing at first, but I stayed true to my word because Michigan was where I wanted to be.”
Shea Patterson will need time to settle in. Says Nick Baumgardner in his mailbag column over at the Freep. When presented with a hypothetical stat line of “3,000 yards, 8 (yards per attempt, 25 TD, 10 INT” Baumgardner says, “I don’t think the aforementioned stat line is unrealistic, but I wouldn’t go too much higher in any category. Throwing 25 touchdowns with eight yards per attempt could be a big ask. He’ll make big plays, but he’ll make mistakes with the football. It has been part of his game for two years. It’ll take him a month, I would think, to gather himself.”
Juwann Bushell-Beatty is ready to roll. This one is a leftover from Big Ten Media Days, where Harbaugh said the fifth-year senior is, “More dialed in, more focused. Working harder at it. Losing weight; putting it on in better spots. I’ve got really high hopes for him.” Based on these comments and others detailed in the article, MLive’s Aaron McMann thinks Bushell-Beatty is the favorite to start at left tackle. We’ll see if he’s right come September.
Are you a shoe hound? Well, I’m not—but I know people collect such things, and Jordans in particular. Michigan debuted the new Jordan Trainer 3s this past Saturday, the latest collaboration in the University and Nike Jordan relationship. If you’re interested, they’re available for purchase through The M Den, HERE.
Ever wondered how the short videos played on the end zone boards during games are made? Well, here’s your chance for a behind the scenes look. In the roughly two minute clip above, the guys who make the magic happen tell you how they do it.