Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. The big news yesterday of Jim Harbaugh announcing Shea Patterson as Michigan’s starting QB has moved us that much closer to the return of Michigan football. To kick off this Tuesday of the week before the first gameweek of the season, we have a mixed bag of brews for you.
Let’s get to it:
Lavert Hill still learning from Jourdan Lewis. Former Michigan standout Jourdan Lewis may now be with the Dallas Cowboys, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still impacting the Michigan secondary. Lavert Hill recently spoke about his relationship with Lewis, saying when they talk, “He will be honest. If I did bad on a play, he will tell me I suck. If I did good, he’ll tap me on the back and say I could do a little bit better.” For the full story, check out the article from MLive’s Aaron McMann above.
Women’s soccer opens season with wins. Believe it or not, fall sports are already starting. First out the gate for the Wolverines? Women's soccer, who have earned a pair of victories to start the season. This past Thursday Michigan beat Boston by the score of 3-1, while the Wolverines topped Western Michigan this past Sunday by the score of 2-0. Last season women’s soccer finished with a record of 6-6-6, so this is a strong start for the team. Big Ten play begins September 13th.
No starting punter yet. I would argue one of the most overlooked, but most important shortcomings on last year’s team was the punting game. Michigan’s punting game was 11th in the Big Ten when it came to average yards per punt last season. Quite frankly, that needs to be better this year. For all the attention on Michigan’s (stellar) defense, field position still plays an outsized role in deciding wins and losses in the college game—and I’ll be watching closely whomever takes the field for the first punt of the season.
Which team that ISN'T in this year's preseason poll will barrel into the top 10 by the end?https://t.co/LT1LPQpX1M— College Football by SB Nation (@SBNationCFB) August 20, 2018
The preseason AP Poll has been released, and Michigan is No. 14. But what about the teams that didn’t make the initial cut? The article above is a fun take on the underrated teams in each season since 1950. Who started from nowhere, or way down in the rankings, and ended up with glory? Check this one out.
College football coaches believe a lot of weird things about food. I’ve tried to compile a list of all of them, from banning cabbage to loving late night taco bell https://t.co/uuXK8M7o26— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) August 20, 2018
I like chicken, how about . . . oh, never mind. It turns out that Jim Harbaugh isn’t alone in his strong, if perhaps offbeat, opinions on food. It may actually be a pastime of college coaches throughout history. Check out the latest from Matt Brown above about the notable coaches and what they thought players should eat and avoid.