Alabama offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, who could come off the board as early as the No. 4 overall pick to the New York Giants in the 2020 NFL Draft, had some praise for one of his opponents on Wednesday. Wills said that the toughest player he had to block this season was Michigan edge rusher Joshua Uche when the two met in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Uche is not participating in combine drills this week due a hamstring injury suffered during the Senior Bowl, but has been meeting with teams and undergoing medical checks in Indianapolis.
Michigan Baseball came out all guns blazing during the first weekend of action and moved into Baseball America's top-ranked spot after starting the year 3-1, but the Wolverines have slipped to No. 5 in the country after the series loss to Connecticut this past weekend. All three losses they have on their resume have come at the hands of the Huskies, so at least that is out of the way now.
Michigan freshman athlete Joey Velazquez is playing both football and baseball and received the first action of his college career on Saturday in the 14-2 win over UConn in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Velasquez subbed in for Clark Elliott in right field and grabbed his first hit as a Wolverine in the bottom of the eighth on a single through the right side of the infield. He is currently listed as a linebacker on the football roster and was a three-star recruit out of Columbus, Ohio.
MLive posted details on Thursday of a decked out Michigan-themed house in Hamilton, Michigan, which is just south of Holland on the west side of the state. The list price is $169,000. Maybe we should pool our funds together?
The Big Ten announced on Monday that Michigan Basketball forward Franz Wagner has won the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award. Wagner averaged 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists and one steal in the two wins over Northwestern and Indiana last week. This is his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor of the season. He last won it on Feb. 3.
Michigan center Colin Castleton has fallen out of the lineup as the year has gone on, but he did get some run on Sunday in the blowout win over Indiana. Still, he was spotted working on his shots after the game sticking around as crews at Crisler tore down and cleaned up from the contest.
So the President of Arizona State takes a dig at Harbaugh, implying he may be fired soon because "...he can't beat Ohio State." Maybe he should keep his eye on his own coaching staff... ASU hasn't even been ranked in the top 25 at the end of the last 5 seasons. Their combined record for those years is about .500 Way to give your opponent bulletin board material, Michael Crow... I'm thinking that if these two teams meet, you'll be eating a lot of that bird you're named after.
Baseball is not back officially until we get an #UmpShow and boy, did they ever deliver on Friday night in Michigan's 4-3 win over defending national champ Vanderbilt. True freshman Jimmy Obertop was ejected late in the contest for...swiping dirt with his bat after a called strike? It did not appear anything was said and Obertop was ejected with his back turned to the umpire. Odd, but a memorable way for his first college game to end on top of everything else.
Michigan State has found the successor to Mark Dantonio, hiring Colorado head coach Mel Tucker to the same position in East Lansing. Tucker publically withdrew his name from consideration last week, but it appears MSU stepped up with a significant offer he could not refuse. He went 5-7 last year in his head coaching debut with the Buffs and is a Cleveland native with ties to the region.
Ohio State players Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint have been charged with first-degree felonies of rape and kidnapping with arrest warrants issued for them on Tuesday. The Eleven Warriors story above has more of the details, but this is obviously ugly and reprehensible. OSU is aware has suspended the two players from all team activities.