Good morning, y’all. Welcome to this addition of Morning Brews, Aug. 23.
We’re still nine days out from the opener against Notre Dame, but anticipation seems to have already hit a fever pitch. As preseason All-Americans, watch list members and preseason hype videos roll in, it’s hard not to get excited. If you’re in the Ann Arbor area, the Wolverines will hold an open practice to the public, this Sunday, Aug. 26 from 6-7 p.m.
Alright, let’s take a look around the Wolverines sport world:
The Game of Football needs more people like Michigan’s Grant Newsome: In the wake of fan favorite offensive tackle Grant Newsome’s medical retirement, the Detroit Free Press does a fantastic look into the life of the talented kid whose career got cut short. Obviously brilliantly bright and ready for the world, it’s safe to say this isn’t the last we’ve heard of him.
The Women’s Basketball Schedule is out: We covered the men’s schedule earlier in the week, but the women’s is now out and tickets are on sale. Notable games include the home opener on Nov. 9 against Mt. Saint Mary’s, the Big Ten home opener Dec. 31 against Minnesota, Ohio State at home on Jan. 20, and the Spartans a week later on the 27th.
In wake of the schedule release, the U-M athletic department wants to remind you tickets are on sale for men’s games as well. There’s even a little breakdown of the schedule if you follow the link.
Receivers benefitting from designated coach Jim McElwain: I may be eating crow on this one as the early word is McElwain is making a positive impression on his receivers. In fairness, Florida did get great early returns from a few receivers, particularly Antonio Callaway. As a freshman, Callaway ran incredibly polished routes and guys like Tarik Black appear to be feeding off in a similar manner. Black already ran decent routes but if McElwain can get them going early, Michigan’s passing attack could be lethal, especially with word that Eubanks is healthy again.
Finally, Quinn Nordin might be the Incredible Hulk. Check out the other players’ Instagram and Twitter accounts to see more.