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Tuesday Morning Brews (3/3/15)

Grading Michigan's Coaching Hires Often, we're absorbed by the players. The stars who produce touchdowns in assembly-line fashion, the linebackers who deflect passes in midair and the defensive linemen who catch them, the dedicated cornerbacks who make turnovers out of nothing, the kick return track stars, the future legends, the big guys. But in the end, it's not the players that matter most. It's who coaches them. Johnny Manziel left College Station, and Kevin Sumlin simply found another quarterback to run his high-powered offense. The Buckeyes lost Miller and Barrett, but they still...
Maize n Brew Mar 2, 2015

Left Wing Lock: Wisconsin

Taking a closer look at the good and the bad from Michigan's sweep over Wisconsin Offensive Notes The story of the weekend was JT Compher. It's been a frustrating year for Compher; after leading the team in points a year ago, Compher has had a frustrating season on the scoresheet but he finally broke through with a goal Friday and the hat trick Saturday. Two goals for Justin Selman brings him to 9 on the year and 18 points in 19 games. Zach Hyman and Dylan Larkin continue to close in on milestones. With four points Hyman can pass the 50 point mark and claim the highest scoring season...
Maize n Brew Mar 2, 2015

Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Update on KJ Costello and 2016 QBs

In this edition, we address a rumor from over the weekend regarding Michigan's top 2016 QB target and more. The KJ Costello situation Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has made it clear that you can never have too many quarterbacks on the roster, so naturally the Wolverines are still after one in their 2016 recruiting cycle. Perhaps their biggest target at the position in this class is four-star signal caller KJ Costello (Santa Margarita, California), who looks like he may make a decision in the coming days, per this Rivals report. ($) Stanford and USC are the two favorites to land his...
Maize n Brew Mar 1, 2015

Sports Recap: Under The Bright Lights

Swim and dive champions, a surge in hockey, and tough losses for basketball. Football Spring practice is underway, and everybody's talking about improvement. Coach DJ Durkin coaching them up! #Team136 #GrindinginTheGlick #HarbaughEffect pic.twitter.com/iagC408KFR — Gwendolyn Bush (@UMICH_Mama_G) February 24, 2015 Giving up social media for lent. See yall around. — Graham Glasgow (@gglasgow61) February 18, 2015 I LOVE watching film man, it's like another practice. That eye in the sky never lie‼️ — Breez (@JabrillPeppers) February 27, 2015 Never wanted to be just good....
Maize n Brew Mar 1, 2015

Talking Hockey: An Interview with Zach Werenski

The Michigan blue-liner is expected to be a top-ten pick in this year's NHL Draft. David sat down with him at Yost Ice Arena ahead of Michigan's tilt with Wisconsin heading into Spring Break. Earlier this summer, Zach Werenski had a major decision to make: return to the NTDP and experience his senior year of high school, or go for a GED to graduate early and come play for Red Berenson’s team in Ann Arbor. With the Big Ten tournament and the Frozen Four looming, he is staring stardom in the face. The freshman defenseman has had an absolutely outstanding season to date, scoring eight goals...
Maize n Brew Mar 1, 2015

Compher Records Hat Trick as Michigan Sweeps Wisconsin

Michigan moves into first place in the Big Ten. JT Compher didn't make too much noise in the games leading up to Michigan's tilt with Wisconsin this weekend. He made a sudden appearance at yesterday's post-game presser following an empty net goal to ice Steve Racine's first career shutout. He recorded his first career hat trick tonight. "When it wasn’t going for him, we kept him in a good spot," coach Red Berenson told the media. "His attitude was really good, he was a good teammate, he was a good linemate and the whole team is happy for him. It’s good to see the puck go in for...
Maize n Brew Feb 28, 2015

Lacrosse Recap: Michigan 13, Canisius 5

Michigan lacrosse is back in the win column after defeating Canisius on Saturday. Michigan came out and scored six goals in the first period and cruised to a 13-5 victory over Canisius on Saturday. Six different Wolverines scored those goals, too, one of whom was Parker McKee, who not only scored the first goal of the game, but the first goal of his career as a Wolverine. As seems to be the norm with Michigan lacrosse, each game is led by a different guy. Saturday's contest was junior attackman Kyle Jackson's day. Jackson scored three times in the first half and one time in the second,...
Maize n Brew Feb 28, 2015

Michigan 56, Maryland 66: Not in the Zone

Despite some pyrotechnics from Michigan's high-flying freshmen, scoring droughts once again cost them, this time on the road at Maryland. It all started with a slam, but that's not how it finished. Aubrey Dawkins stole the ball, went the other way and sent one home with authority, giving Michigan a 2-0 lead. But that moment of authority was short-lived, as a Maryland coup in the form of a 7-0 run put the Wolverines behind it early. Another Maryland run late in the first half put Michigan behind again. This time, they weren't able to overcome it in the second half, as the offense and the...
Maize n Brew Feb 27, 2015

Racine Earns First Career Shutout, Wolverines Blank Wisconsin

Friday Recap: Michigan 3 - Wisconsin 0 Spring break started early for the Michigan hockey team, and Red Berenson served as the cure-all for Michigan's hangover to rescue his squad. The Wolverines spent nearly the entire first five minutes of the game in their own end, chasing the puck against what can be described as one of the worst teams in college hockey right now. "Wisconsin came in and play hard," said coach Red Berenson. "We knew they would, and we were hoping to get out of our own zone better early in the game, but they made it tough and it took a while before we got going." Michigan...
Maize n Brew Feb 27, 2015

Lacrosse Preview: Michigan vs. Canisius

After stumbling against Notre Dame for the first loss of the season, Michigan welcomes the Canisius Golden Griffins to Oosterbaan on Saturday. This is the second MAAC team Michigan has faced in 2015. Michigan suffered their first loss of the season last weekend, after falling to Notre Dame 17-8. Canisius comes calling this weekend. What: Canisius Golden Griffins 0-3 (0-0 MAAC) at Michigan Wolverines 2-1 (0-0 B1G) When: February 28; 1:00 p.m. ET Where: Oosterbaan Field House Ann Arbor, MI How to Watch: No TV; Live stats Canisius is bringing a ton of experience with them to Oosterbaan Field...
Maize n Brew Feb 27, 2015

Preview: Michigan at Maryland

Trying to keep its postseason hopes alive, Michigan travels to College Park to battle Maryland in their first-ever meeting as conference foes. The Basics Who: Maryland (23-5, 11-4 B1G) When: Saturday, February 28th, at Noon ET (ESPN) Where: Xfinity Center -- College Park, MD The Stage In a season that's been full of frustration and disappointment, Michigan is basking in the bliss that came with its 64-57 win over rival Ohio State. The win not only prevented the Buckeyes from earning their first win in Ann Arbor since 2011 but snapped Michigan's five-game losing streak. For the first time...
Maize n Brew Feb 27, 2015

Michigan Hockey vs. Wisconsin Preview - 2/27/15

Defense Wins Championships The man you see in the picture above will not be playing for Michigan on Friday night thanks to his third game misconduct of the season and therefore automatic suspension awarded this past Sunday against Ohio State. Red Berenson, who has gone as extreme as running seven defensemen and three centers at times this year, will have to get creative. Downing has been a huge cog on the blue line, serving as a physical yet stabilizing presence on the blue line throughout his tenure at Michigan. It's a loss, but it's getting quite interesting watching this anti-checking...
Maize n Brew Feb 27, 2015

Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: "What colors are the dress?" and other fan questions

In this edition, we answer some fan questions and take a look at notable offers that have gone out in the last few days. In this version of our Michigan recruiting roundup, I wanted to open up the mailbag and answer some questions from the fans on a variety of storylines. There were some quality questions that came through, so let's address them, shall we? Spring football predictions @anthonytbroome when spring ball is said and done, do you think anything unexpected or shocking will happen? — Dustin grueshaber (@D_G30) February 26, 2015 In terms of the current team, the hope would be...
Maize n Brew Feb 26, 2015

Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin utilizes clean slate policy, equal opportunity for playing time

In his first media appearance with Michigan, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said the slate has been wiped clean and every player has an equal opportunity to see playing time. ANN ARBOR -- New Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has insisted that his team has a clean slate and that opportunities for playing time will not be earned by past performances going forward. That sentiment was echoed Thursday evening when defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin spoke with the media after the second day of spring practices concluded. "What I want to do is make sure all these guys, and I told them this when...
Maize n Brew Feb 26, 2015

Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno on Jim Harbaugh: "He is the smartest man I have ever been around"

Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno had high remarks for his head coach Jim Harbaugh on Thursday evening. ANN ARBOR -- Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno have experience working with one another that transcends their short time spent in Ann Arbor together. There's probably good reason for that. Speaking with reporters Tuesday evening, Drevno talked about what it's like working with Harbaugh and offered high praise for the new head coach. "(Harbaugh) demands a lot from you but in a good way," Drevno said. "He's never demeaning to you, but he brings...
Maize n Brew Feb 26, 2015

Thursday Morning Brews (2/26/15)

Five Players Michigan Needs to Step Up Spring practice is underway, which makes it another year before we can look forward to Christmas-Thanksgiving-New Year's-birthday-family-reunion-first day of school. It's a time of evaluation and application, and the things people take out of spring will help build their entire season. Depth charts might not be written, but that's good. They shouldn't be. We can look at some key players, though. Knowing this team's weaknesses, there are a few guys who will have a big impact if they tap into their potential. If these guys succeed, this team can go...
Maize n Brew Feb 25, 2015

The Michigan Man Podcast Episode 239: Spring Football Preview

Senior Editor Chris Balas from The Wolverine.com joins me to preview spring football & talk some Michigan hoops. 1) Wolverine News & Notes: Spring Football practice is underway & the Buckeyes go down hard at Crisler. 2) Michigan Gameday: Wolverine.com Senior Editor Chris Balas is with me to preview spring practice and talk some Michigan hoops. 3) Wolverine Quick Hits: It was a busy week on the Michigan athletic scene. We bring you up to speed. Website: www.maizenbrew.com Listener Line: 313 263-4842 Open 24/7 for your calls Email: themichiganmanpodcast@yahoo.com Thanks for listening. Next...
Maize n Brew Feb 25, 2015

Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Now the real fun begins

In this edition, we talk about the opening of spring camp under Harbaugh and how that will affect visits, and more. Spring practice rings in official start of the Harbaugh era Tuesday marked the official beginning of the Jim Harbaugh era for the University of Michigan football program, as spring practice finally kicked off in Ann Arbor. Excitement is at an all-time high for the Wolverines right now and this is a fresh start for all involved. The coaching staff seems to echo the fact that everyone has a blank slate now and that only opportunities are guaranteed. With recruits set to visit...
Maize n Brew Feb 24, 2015

Jim Harbaugh on first spring practice: "It's good to start"

With spring practices officially underway, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh met with reporters Tuesday night to discuss the first day of practice. ANN ARBOR -- The first day of spring practice is officially in the books for Michigan football. It also marks the official start for new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. The talk of the potential impact his hire will have on the program can cease and the football product can now be used to see how far away the team is from competing. For Harbaugh, he is excited to finally get started. "It's good to start," Harbaugh told reporters on Tuesday...
Maize n Brew Feb 24, 2015

2016 defensive end Willie Baker amazed by Michigan offer

The three-star defensive end, who was offered by Michigan on Tuesday, says Jim Harbaugh will "better the program." Michigan extended a scholarship offer to 2016 defensive end Willie Baker (Livonia, Louisiana) on Tuesday afternoon, according to his Twitter account. #blessed to recieve a scholarship from the University of Michigan! #Wolves #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/Ri3Oe7mxSB — Will Baker IV (@_glorygang85) February 24, 2015 He spoke to Maize n Brew shortly after the offer was extended to him from defensive coordinator DJ Durkin and director of player personnel Chris Singletary. "It...

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