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Daily Brews: How former Wolverines did in XFL openers

Also, NCAA’s projections for Wolverines baseball

Tampa Bay Vipers v New York Guardians Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images

It was an exciting weekend for football, with the XFL kicking off Saturday and continuing Sunday.

Six former Michigan Wolverines are sprinkled among the eight XFL squads. Two of them — William Campbell and Juwann Bushell-Beatty — are both listed as backup players as offensive linemen for their respective teams. Below is a breakdown of how the skilled position players and defensive players from Michigan fared in the first weekend of play.

De’Veon Smith, RB, Tampa Bay Vipers

Smith is the starting running back for Tampa Bay and showed the ability to be the bell cow back in Week 1. Smith carried the back 16 times in his first XFL game, rushing for 79 yards. He also pulled in one catch for eight yards.

Channing Stribling and Jeremy Clark, CBs, Seattle Dragons

Stribling and Clark were listed as the two starting corners for Seattle. The Dragons opened up against the D.C. Defenders, losing 31-19. Both former Wolverines tallied three tackles apiece, with Clark adding a one stop in the backfield. However, the duo was on the back end of a defense that allowed former Ohio State Buckeye Cardale Jones to throw for 235 yards and two scores.

Tyree Kinnel, S, D.C. Defenders

Kinnel, a backup defensive back for the Defenders, was on the winning end of the 31-19 game against the Dragons. Kinnel saw some time on defense, picking up three tackles. He also played on special teams, grabbing an additional two stops there.

Michigan adds Limegrover to offensive staff

Michigan has added a former Penn State offensive line coach to its own coaching staff.

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports announced over the weekend that the Wolverines were adding former Nittany Lions run game coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover to the Michigan staff as an offensive analyst.

Limegrover has been coaching since the early 90s, with several stops across the midwest. Prior to joining Penn State, he was the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He joined Minnesota from Northern Illinois, where he also served as OC.

Limegrover also coached at Southern Illinois, Emporia State and Ferris State. He was a graduate assistant with Northwestern from 1995-96.

Projected lineup for Wolverines baseball last week previewed the NCAA baseball season, including a breakdown of the Michigan Wolverines squad.

Here is what the site had to say for the Wolverines:

Michigan has been on an upward trajectory throughout Erik Bakich’s tenure as head coach, but it finally made its boldest statement last season with a trip to the College World Series Finals, after knocking off top national seed UCLA in the super regional round. Statement made, indeed. And in 2020, they have returned enough talent and experience to secure the No. 13 ranking in D1Baseball’s preseason top 25.

The site also provided scouting reports for the team, grading everything from speed to pitching. The Wolverines strongest asset, per the report, was either its experience/intangibles, bullpen, and defense, all of which were graded as 65 out of 80.

Speed and power were the Wolverines’ trouble spots, rated 55 apiece.

Other Brews

  • ICYMI: The Michigan Wolverines have tied Ohio State in sending the most players to this year’s NFL combine out of Big-10 teams by have 11 players chosen to participate. LSU is sending 16 players — the most in the nation.
  • Remember former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith? Well, he’s in jail. For now. Smith was ordered to serve 20 days in jail and pay a $750 fine for violating a protection order.