Happy Thursday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. We’re just over two weeks away from the season opener against Notre Dame, and as to the time between now and then I say let it roll. To help get y’all a little closer to the return of Michigan football, we have a football focused edition of the Brews this morning.
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All’s now fine with the secondary. You may recall that during the Spring Michigan secondary coach Mike Zordich voiced some comments critical of Lavert Hill, but now—apparently—Zordich and Hill have worked everything out. At a recent media availability Zordich said of Hill, “(Hill’s) awesome, man. He’s awesome. From the spring, with our little hiccup with each other, he’s just great. He’s great in the classroom, he’s doing a hell of a job in meetings. Being a leader. It’s great to see.” For Zordich’s full comments and thoughts on the rest of the secondary, check our Nick Baumgardner’s piece linked above.
Jon Runyan developing at tackle. Jon Runyan Jr. was part of the mashup that was Michigan’s offensive line last season, spending time playing both guard and tackle. This year, Runyan is just focused on developing at tackle and winning a starting spot. He said recently at a press availability that he’s now, “able to focus on my technique. Not too worried about playing guard and tackle and having to change up my technique playing on the interior -- then moving out to play tackle.” Runyan also said he’s among about four guys competing for the two starting tackle positions. For more, check out Aaron McMann’s article above.
Jabrill Peppers weighs in on D.J. Durkin. You may have seen that a player passed away at Maryland during an off-season workout this past June, and that the University has taken some action in response to their investigation. Jabrill Peppers recently was on Rich Eisen’s show and had the following to say with respect to D.J. Durkin. “Coach Durkin was a different guy. His tactics were different. It felt extreme at times. I’m just as shocked reading all the stuff that’s going on now, because I thought he was only like that because it was his first time coaching us. He was defensive coordinator, so he was just trying to get us to buy into how he wanted his defense to play.”
Rashan Gary No. 3 on Todd McShay’s top 32 college players. With Rashan Gary being draft eligible after this season, expect there to be a number of these pieces coming from draft analysts. Of Gary, McShay says, “Two years after he arrived in Ann Arbor as the most celebrated recruit in the country, Gary has somehow matched the hype. A powerful run defender and edge-setter, he has an outstanding combination of size and athleticism, and will fit any scheme. Explosive, sudden and a nightmare to block.”
How did Chase Winovich get to be so good? He put in the time, both during and after practice. One of the things BTN looked at when they visited Michigan camp earlier this week was Winovich’s post-practice routine. For all the details on the All-Big Ten honoree’s work after the final whistle of the day, check out the clip above.
#CountdownToKickoff : 1⃣5⃣ days@SBreaston15 liked catching the ball, but the former @umichfootball all-purpose star wasn't a fan of the fair catch.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 15, 2018
That delighted fans of exciting punt returns. pic.twitter.com/AIZnX146BO
We’re now 14 days away from the return of college football (16 days from Notre Dame), and to commemorate yesterday—the 15th day from the return of college football—Big Ten Network turned to No. 15, Michigan great Steve Breaston. In his years playing for the Wolverines, Breaston was electric in the return game—racking up several records that still stand today. For some of Breaston’s exploits, check out the clip above.