HEAD COACH: Jim Harbaugh (20 – 11)

CAREER RECORD: 86 – 38

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Pep Hamilton

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Don Brown

STADIUM: Michigan Stadium (107,601)

 

2018 SCHEDULE

September 1 at Notre Dame

September 8 Western Michigan

September 15 SMU

September 22 Nebraska

September 29 at Northwestern

October 6 the Maryland

October 13 Wisconsin

October 20 at Michigan State

November 3 Penn State

November 10 at Rutgers

November 17 Indiana

November 24 at Ohio State

 

2017 RESULTS

Florida 33 – 17

Cincinnati 36 – 14

Air Force 29 – 13

Purdue 28 – 10

Michigan State 10 – 14

Indiana 27 – 20 OT

Penn State 13 – 42

Rutgers 35 – 14

Minnesota 33 – 10

Maryland 35 – 10

Wisconsin 10 – 24

Ohio State 20 – 31

South Carolina 19 – 26

 

2017 TEAM OFFENSIVE STATS

SCORING:25.2

RUSHING: 177.7

PASSING: 171.2

TOTAL: 348.9

 

2017 TEAM DEFENSIVE STATS

SCORING: 18.8

RUSHING: 120.9

PASSING: 150.1

TOTAL: 271.0

 

FIVE YEAR WINNING TREND

2013: 7 – 6

2014: 5 – 7

2015: 10 – 3

2016: 10 – 3

2017: 8 – 5

 

RETURNING STARTERS OFFENSE: 6

RETURNING STARTERS DEFENSE: 8

 

RETURNING LEADERS

PASSING: Brandon Peters, 57 – 108 – 672 – 4TD – 2INT

RUSHING: Karan Higdon, 164 – 994 – 11TD

RECEIVING: Sean McKeon, 31 – 301 – 3TD

TACKLES: Devon Bush, 100

SACKS: Khaleke Hudson, Chase Winovich 8.0

INTERCEPTIONS: four players tied with 2

 

2018 TOP RECRUITS

Aiden Hutchinson DE, Dearborn, Michigan

Cameron McGrone LB Indianapolis, Indiana

Mustapha Muhammed, Missouri City, Texas,

Myles Sims, CB Atlanta, Georgia

Joe Milton, QB Orlando, Florida

Jalen Mayfield, OT Grand Rapids, Michigan

Brian Hayes, TE Traverse City, Michigan

Gemon Green, CB DeSoto, Texas

Christian Turner, RB Buford, Georgia

Taylor Upshaw, DE Bradenton, Florida

 

OFFENSE PREVIEW

One of the biggest hurdles head coach Jim Harbaugh must overcome is finding a consistent quarterback. His success at Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers with signal callers has not worked out as well in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh is now hoping former Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson will be the answer. Patterson would be a huge upgrade over three quarterbacks from last season that completed a combined 53.5% of the passes with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Harbaugh also has a new offensive coordinator in Pep Hamilton (kind of), but Harbaugh will take a more active role in the offense. One of the huge question marks for Michigan’s offense will be the line. Three starters return, but they will have to develop chemistry very quickly. Ben Bredeson will start at left guard with Michael Onwenu at right guard and Sean Bushnell-Beatty at right tackle.

The running game was one of the few bright spots for Michigan in 2017. Karan Higdon returns after rushing for 994 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017. Chris Evans will add depth in the backfield. The Wolverines have a young but talented receiving corps led by Donovan Peoples-Jones, Grant Perry, Tarik Black, Kekoa Crawford, Nico Collins and Eddie McDoom.

There is plenty of talent but it will take time to develop as coach Harbaugh looks to solidify the foundation around  six returning starters.

 

DEFENSE PREVIEW

While the offense struggled last season, the defense was solid. Michigan returns most of the key pieces from last year’s #3 -ranked defense in the country. The strength will be at defensive end where Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich combined for 14 sacks . They do lose All-American Maurice Hurst, but former five – star recruit Aubrey Solomon appears ready for a breakout season on the inside. Veteran Bryan Mone  and third – year NT Michael Dwumfour  are also poised to make a bigger contribution.

The Wolverines have All-American inside linebacker Devin Bush and an All-American candidate in Khaleke Hudson ready for a big season.

Michigan featured the top pass defense in the country last season, allowing just 150.1 yards per game and 5.9 yards per attempt. Every starter in the secondary returns including Lavert Hill and David Long.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker Quinn Nordin wasn’t perfect in 2017, but his 19 – 24 performance on field goals for a first – year kicker was acceptable. Brad Robbins also struggled at times, but he showed flashes of why he was rated as the country’s top – rated punter coming out of high school in 2017. The return game will be left up to Peoples – Jones, one of the top rookie returners in America last season.

 

PROJECTED RECORD: 10 – 2, 7 – 2 Big Ten

 

2018 ROSTER

1             Ambry Thomas  DB          6-0         179        So.         Detroit, Mich. / Martin Luther King

2             Carlo Kemp         DL          6-3         264        Jr.           Boulder, Colo. / Fairview

2             Oliver Martin      WR         6-1         198        So.         Coralville, Iowa / West Senior

2             Shea Patterson  QB          6-2         203        Jr.           Shreveport, La. / IMG Academy

3             Rashan Gary       DL          6-5         281        Jr.           Plainfield, N.J. / Paramus Catholic

3             Quinn Nordin     K             6-1         195        Jr.           Rockford, Mich. / Rockford

3             Brad Robbins      P             6-2         181        So.         Westerville, Ohio / Westerville South

4             Nico Collins         WR         6-4         206        So.         Birmingham, Ala. / Clay-Chalkville

4             Reuben Jones     DL          6-4         245        Sr.          Lakeland, Fla. / Lake Gibson

5             Joe Milton           QB          6-5         220        Fr.          Pahokee, Fla. / Olympia

5             Aubrey Solomon              DL          6-3         297        So.         Leesburg, Ga. / Lee County

5             Kurt Taylor          RB          5-8         194        So.         Covington, Ga. / Grayson

5             Jared Wangler    FB           6-2         240        5th         Royal Oak, Mich. / De La Salle

6             Michael Sessa    QB          6-8         210        Jr.           Hinsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central

6             Myles Sims          DB          6-3         173        Fr.          Atlanta, Ga. / Westlake

6             Josh Uche           LB           6-3         226        Jr.           Miami, Fla. / Columbus

7             Tarik Black          WR         6-3         206        So.         Hamden, Conn. / Cheshire Academy

7             Khaleke Hudson                LB           6-0         205        Jr.           McKeesport, Pa. / McKeesport

8             Drew Singleton  LB           6-2         219        So.         Union City, N.J. / Paramus Catholic

9             Donovan Peoples-Jones WR         6-2         199        So.         Detroit, Mich. / Cass Technical

10           Devin Bush          LB           5-11       222        Jr.           Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Flanagan

10           Dylan McCaffrey              QB          6-5         199        So.         Castle Rock, Colo. / Valor Christian

12           Chris Evans         RB          5-11       206        Jr.           Indianapolis, Ind. / Ben Davis

12           Josh Ross            LB           6-2         229        So.         Southfield, Mich. / St. Mary’s

13           Eddie McDoom  WR         6-0         181        Jr.           Winter Garden, Fla. / West Orange

14           Josh Metellus     DB          6-0         199        Jr.           Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Flanagan

15           Jacob West         QB          6-1         205        Sr.          Pinckney, Mich. / Pinckney

15           Chase Winovich DL          6-3         253        5th         Jefferson Hills, Pa. / Thomas Jefferson

16           Jaylen Kelly-Powell          DB          6-0         173        So.         Detroit, Mich. / Cass Technical

17           Will Hart              P             6-3         196        Jr.           Hunting Valley, Ohio / University School

17           Tyrone Wheatley              TE           6-6         265        Sr.          Buffalo, N.Y. / Canisius

18           Brandon Peters  QB          6-5         220        Jr.           Avon, Ind. / Avon

18           Luiji Vilain           DL          6-4         242        So.         Ottawa, Ontario / Episcopal (Va.)

19           Kwity Paye          DL          6-4         241        So.         Providence, R.I. / Bishop Hendricken

20           Brad Hawkins     DB          6-2         204        So.         Pennsauken, N.J. / Suffield Academy (Conn.)

20           Matt Mitchell     DB          5-10       185        5th         Dexter, Mich. / Dexter

22           Karan Higdon     RB          5-10       190        Sr.          Sarasota, Fla. / Riverview

22           David Long          DB          5-11       187        Jr.           Los Angeles, Calif. / Loyola

23           Jared Davis         DB          6-1         180        So.         Frankenmuth, Mich. / Frankenmuth

23           Tyree Kinnel        DB          5-11       201        Sr.          Huber Heights, Ohio / Wayne

23           O’Maury Samuels             RB          5-10       192        So.         Los Lunas, N.M. / Los Lunas

24           Lavert Hill            DB          5-11       177        Jr.           Detroit, Mich. / Martin Luther King

24           Jake Martin         WR         5-11       191        Jr.           Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Northern

24           Tru Wilson          RB          5-10       200        Jr.           Warren, Mich. / De La Salle

25           Benjamin St-Juste            DB          6-3         193        So.         Rosemere, Quebec / Cegep du Vieux Montreal

26           J’Marick Woods DB          6-3         203        So.         Florence, Ala. / Florence

27           Joe Hewlett        RB          6-0         196        5th         Novi, Mich. / Northville

27           Hunter Reynolds              DB          6-0         188        So.         South Orange, N.J. / Choate Rosemary Hall

28           Brandon Watson              DB          5-11       200        5th         Wilmington, Del. / Eastern Christian Academy

29           Jordan Glasgow LB           6-1         210        Sr.          Aurora, Ill. / Marmion Academy

29           Brendan White  WR         6-1         194        Sr.          Scottsdale, Ariz. / Notre Dame Prep

30           Tyler Cochran     DB          6-1         194        Jr.           Royal Oak, Mich. / Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

31           Phillip Paea         DL          6-4         275        So.         Berrien Springs, Mich. / Berrien Springs

32           Louis Grodman  DB          5-11       188        Sr.          Commerce, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern

33           Camaron Cheeseman      LS           6-4         239        Jr.           New Albany, Ohio / Gahanna Lincoln

34           Jordan Anthony LB           6-0         236        So.         Silver Spring, Md. / IMG Academy

34           Kenneth Ferris   TE           6-5         244        Sr.          Fowlerville, Mich. / Fowlerville

36           Devin Gil              LB           6-2         220        Jr.           Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Flanagan

37           Dane Drobocky  DL          6-3         234        Jr.           Bowling Green, Ky. / Bowling Green

37           Bradford Jones  TE           6-3         237        5th         Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Brother Rice

38           Joseph Files        TE           6-4         247        Sr.          Lake Orion, Mich. / Cranbrook Kingwood

39           Spencer Dickow FB           6-0         225        Sr.          Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Brother Rice

41           Kekoa Crawford WR         6-2         187        Jr.           Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. / Santa Margarita Catholic

41           Adam Fakih         LB           6-2         210        So.         Beverly Hills, Mich. / Detroit Country Day

42           Ben Mason         FB           6-3         251        So.         Newtown, Conn. / Newtown

43           Jake McCurry      WR         6-0         180        So.         Solon, Ohio / Solon

44           Matt Baldeck      LS           6-0         210        So.         Lewistown, Idaho / Lewistown

44           Jared Char           RB          5-10       192        Jr.           Farmington Hills, Mich. / Harrison

44           Deron Irving-Bey              DL          6-5         274        So.         Flint, Mich. / Southwestern Academy

45           Peter Bush          FB           6-2         225        Jr.           Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar

45           William Holton  TE           6-4         214        Jr.           Haslett, Mich. / Haslett

45           Adam Shibley     LB           6-1         225        So.         Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius

46           Matt Brown        FB           6-0         220        So.         Solon, Ohio / Solon

46           Kareem Walker  RB          6-1         211        Jr.           Irvington, N.J. / DePaul Catholic

49           Tyler Plocki         FB           6-1         219        So.         Saline, Mich. / Saline

49           Andrew Robinson            LS           6-0         221        5th         Troy, Mich. / Troy Athens

50           Michael Dwumfour          DL          6-2         290        Jr.           Wayne, N.J. / DePaul Catholic

50           Michael Onwenu              OL          6-3         350        Jr.           Detroit, Mich. / Cass Technical

51           Cesar Ruiz           OL          6-4         316        So.         Pennsauken, N.J. / IMG Academy

54           Carl Myers           DL          6-3         276        Jr.           Grand Rapids, Mich. / West Catholic

55           James Hudson    OL          6-5         302        So.         Toledo, Ohio / Central Catholic

56           Jameson Offerdahl          LB           6-2         218        Sr.          Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Cardinal Gibbons

59           Noah Furbush     LB           6-5         240        5th         Kenton, Ohio / Kenton

59           Joel Honigford   OL          6-6         275        So.         Sugarcreek, Ohio / Garaway

61           Dan Jokisch         OL          6-4         251        Jr.           Clarkston, Mich. / Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

66           Chuck Filiaga      OL          6-6         345        So.         Aledo, Texas / Aledo

67           Jess Speight        OL          6-4         289        So.         Richmond, Va. / The Collegiate School

68           Andrew Vastardis             OL          6-3         311        Jr.           Ashburn, Va. / Stone Bridge

70           Nolan Ulizio        OL          6-5         295        Sr.          West Chester, Ohio / Lakota West

71           Andrew Stueber               OL          6-7         314        So.         Darien, Conn. / Darien

72           Stephen Spanellis             OL          6-5         307        Jr.           Baltimore, Md. / Gilman School

74           Ben Bredeson     OL          6-5         308        Jr.           Hartland, Wis. / Arrowhead

75           Jon Runyan         OL          6-4         298        Sr.          Moorestown, N.J. / St. Joseph’s Prep

76           Juwann Bushell-Beatty   OL          6-6         315        5th         Paramus, N.J. / Paramus Catholic

77           Grant Newsome               OL          6-7         314        Sr.          McLean, Va. / The Lawrenceville School, N.J.

79           Greg Robinson   OL          6-6         288        Jr.           Hudson, Ohio / Hudson

81           Nate Schoenle    WR         6-2         192        Jr.           Plymouth, Mich. / Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard

81           Jack Young          WR         6-2         190        So.         Pittsburgh, Pa. / Mt. Lebanon

82           Nick Eubanks      TE           6-5         240        Jr.           Plantation, Fla. / American Heritage

82           Carter Selzer       TE           6-8         222        So.         Kansas City, Mo. / Rockhurst

83           Zach Gentry        TE           6-7         248        Sr.          Albuquerque, N.M. / Eldorado

84           Sean McKeon     TE           6-5         248        Jr.           Dudley, Mass. / Shepherd Hill Regional

86           Conner Edmonds              TE           6-5         252        Jr.           Richfield, Wis. / Germantown

88           Jack Dunaway    LB           6-2         241        Sr.          Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Brother Rice

88           Grant Perry         WR         6-0         191        Sr.          Bloomfield Hills, Mich. / Brother Rice

90           Bryan Mone        DL          6-4         325        5th         Salt Lake City, Utah / Highland

91           Taylor Upshaw   DL          6-4         240        Fr.          Bradenton, Fla. / Braden River

93           Lawrence Marshall          DL          6-4         285        5th         Southfield, Mich. / Southfield

94           Ryan Veingrad    TE           6-4         248        So.         Boca Raton, Fla. / Spanish River

95           Donovan Jeter   DL          6-3         288        So.         Beaver Falls, Pa. / Beaver Falls

97           Ron Johnson       DL          6-4         264        Jr.           Camden, N.J. / Camden

99           John Luby            DL          6-6         241        Sr.          Lake Orion, Mich. / Lake Orion