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Maize n Brew 2 hours ago

Inside the Playbook: OSU's Two-Back Offense

In this post, we take a look at Ohio State's two-back offense, and how it threatens defenses in multiple ways. In 2013, Ohio State had one of the best run offenses in the nation. Part of their success came from two-back sets, or more accurately, by motioning a slot receiver - their Percy Harvin role - into the backfield. Losing, in my opinion, the best college RB in football last year, but returning the dynamic Braxton Miller and all their Harvinites, two back sets will likely become more prominent in this year's offensive iteration. In this piece, we will look at why these sets are so...
Maize n Brew 4 hours ago
Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Tyriq Thompson Deciding Soon

Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Tyriq Thompson Deciding Soon

The FRR updates you on the latest with Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, Tyriq Thompson will BBQ at Michigan and will make a college decision soon, one of 2015's top athletes a trio of 2016 running backs are offered, and recapping a special "recruiting" visit. Tyriq Thompson Reportedly Deciding Soon, Will Be at BBQ Linebacker recruiting for the class of 2015 should begin to pick up soon, as many of Michigan's top players on the board are looking to make college decisions soon. They are looking for one-to-two other guys to pair with four-star commit Darrin Kirkland Jr....
Maize n Brew 5 hours ago

36 Days to Michigan Football

The season opener versus (School Name Redacted) draws closer. Sophomore Michael Jocz, TE Number: 95 Hometown: Novi, MI (Novi High School) Height/Weight: 6' 4 / 234 lbs. Things to Know About Michael Michael is a walk-on at tight end, hailing from just up the road in Novi. At graduation, he weighed in at 190 pounds, but he appears to have added some muscle mass to that frame, as he is now listed at 234 pounds. The thing that will stick out in this short bio is that he is one smart man. He finished high school with a 4.0 GPA, and a 32 on his ACT. Michigan has some competition at tight end...
Maize n Brew 12 hours ago

Photo: Michigan Wolverines Sophomore RB Derrick Green Is Lighter, Leaner and Ready

The difference is staggering. The sophomore out of Virginia has lost nearly 30 pounds. Losing nearly 30 pounds is a plus, but so is going from 29 percent body fat to a mere seven percent. A picture is worth a thousand (or maybe more) words, so I'll let Derrick Green's latest tweet take it away: freshmen year at 248lbs 27% body fat now my sophomore year at 220lbs with only 9% body fat. Work for what you want. pic.twitter.com/WMTZo9DC7F — Derrick BANE Green (@DG2seven) July 25, 2014 In 2013, Green arrived at Michigan as a wide-eyed, former prep superstar. But he was out of shape,...
Maize n Brew 12 hours ago

Michigan Football: Ex-Wolverines Star LT Taylor Lewan Signs Rookie Deal With Tennessee Titans

Lewan, a 6'8", 315-poundish Goliath, was the final rookie to sign an NFL deal, per CBS. Taylor Lewan's bank account is due for a healthy injection of funds: A cool $11.5 million over four years, per Fox 17 WZTV Nashville. Given the payday news, the following video is appropriate. But it's NSFW and NFYC (Not For Young Children--I made up that one). View with caution. On top of that, the former Michigan left tackle is getting a $6.7 million signing bonus...and a fifth-year option. In terms of rookie contracts, they don't get much better (these days) than the fully-guaranteed deal Lewan...
Maize n Brew 19 hours ago

My Wish Come True: Stephen Loszewski talks about his special day at Michigan

Treated just like any other recruit Stephen Loeszewski, ESPN's My Wish recipient, talks to Maize n Brew about his special recruiting visit to Michigan. It wasn't an ordinary day for Stephen Loszewski as the television cameras show him opening a letter from Ann Arbor. So used to hearing bad news and always being told what not to do by medical staff, the day had finally come to do something that he always wanted to do. He will be visiting the University of Michigan on an official recruiting visit. It was a dream come true, like a sudden ray of sunshine from a string of cloudy days. For just...
Maize n Brew 22 hours ago

Ex-Wolverines in the NBA: Summer League Edition

Catch up with all the ex-Wolverines in the NBA through both the Orlando and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. Trey Burke (Picked 9th in 2013, Utah Jazz): Stat Line: 4 games, 27.0 MPG, 9.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.304 FG% Best Game: July 15th vs the Denver Nuggets In a very Lions like move the Utah Jazz drafted international man of mystery Dante Exum with a "Best Player Available" mindset. The response was a mixture of hype about the unknown talent mixed with worry about how this pick will work with last years lottery pick, Trey Burke. While Burke had an above average rookie season he...
Maize n Brew Jul 24, 2014

MnB B1G Preview: Reviewing Ohio State's 2014 Recruiting

A look into Ohio State's recruiting success in 2014. Ahh, the monster arriveth. I've spent so much time in these past few months parsing together narratives about every B1G class; whether it's the ascending Northwestern, the crumbling Rutgers, the transitory Penn State- no matter what team you root for, your recruiting class says SOMETHING about the direction your program is headed. The argument can even be made about Michigan, whose lackluster finish to the 2014 recruiting cycle was somewhat of a statement on the vibes surrounding this staff. In just a few years at the helm, Meyer has...
Maize n Brew Jul 24, 2014

Thursday Morning Brews (7/24/14)

The Stewards of the Big 12 The Big 12 has been getting in its own way to great effect lately. Last season, #3 Baylor lost to Oklahoma State, who rose up the standings to #6 before getting beaten by Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. A year before, it was Baylor upending #1 Kansas State, and in '11 Iowa State ruined #2 OSU's season. Despite seven Big 12 appearances in the national championship game in the 2000's (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009) including two wins, the conference has not had a serious contender since Alabama beat Texas in 2009. In fact, its level of play has started to...
Maize n Brew Jul 24, 2014

37 Days to Michigan Football

Just over a month until Michigan plays (School Name Redacted) Sophomore Dan Liesman, LB Number: 66 Hometown: Lansing, MI Height/Weight: 6' 2 / 223 lbs. A Thing to Know About Dan Dan is a walk-on, so there's no game footage or even recruiting background to go on, but the good news is his Twitter page is filled with witty things and photos. Such as this: I'm shocked this guy's tactic didn't work any better pic.twitter.com/k3hGF73nmd — Dan Liesman (@darjjj7) April 21, 2014 Or this: It's customary for Canadian men to sit down to pee #america — Dan Liesman (@darjjj7) February 21, 2014
Maize n Brew Jul 23, 2014

Michigan Depth Chart Projection Series: Tight Ends

In our depth chart projection series, we break down each positional group to see who gets the starting nod and who will provide depth throughout the season. In this edition, the tight end position is broken down. Past editions you might've missed: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers Heading into the 2014 season Michigan seemed set at the tight end position. A returning sophomore tight end, Jake Butt, showed a lot of promise and chemistry with two quarterbacks last season. With Devin Funchess moving over to tight end, Butt was going to be the man. Now, it'll be a sticky situation...
Maize n Brew Jul 23, 2014

On the Hardwood: Michigan State Spartans

A look back at the 2013-14 Michigan State Spartans basketball season. Previously: Purdue, Northwestern, Penn State, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska Cornhuskers Only four more to go! (I won't be doing Michigan because, well, you already know everything.) This week, I'll take a look back at the 2013-14 Spartans, who advanced to the Elite Eight before ultimately falling against the eventual national champion UConn Huskies. So, what happened this season? The 2013-14 season truly was a tale of two seasons, the epoch of belief and incredulity. The Spartans began...
Maize n Brew Jul 23, 2014

Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup Features Timetables Galore

The WRR updates you on the latest with Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, Damien Harris sets a commitment date, Keisean Lucier-South is ready to narrow down his list of schools, Josh McMillon will not be at the BBQ, and Lavert Hill picks up an offer. Damien Harris Sets a Commitment Date Time to start saving dates. Former Michigan Wolverines commit and 2015 five-star running back Damien Harris (Berea, KY) announced on Monday that he will be releasing his top five schools on Aug. 1 and choosing his program on Dec. 13. The announcement came via his Twitter account. Top 5 coming...
Maize n Brew Jul 23, 2014

38 Days to Michigan Football

The 2014 season quickly approaches. RS Sophomore Bobby Henderson, FB Number: 37 Hometown: Hopewell Junction, NY (John Jay High School) Height/Weight: 5' 11 / 239 lbs. A Few Things to Know About Bobby 1. Exactly which position Henderson will play in the fall is unknown. Michigan's roster lists him at fullback, yet his recruiting profile designates him at linebacker. A quick visit to his Twitter profile shows a photo of him tackling a Nebraska player, but he appears to have moved over to offense for spring and summer camp. 2. His highlight video continues the longstanding tradition of...
Maize n Brew Jul 23, 2014
Michigan Football Recruiting: Wolverines Offer 2016 CB LaVert Hill of Detroit Cass Tech

Michigan Football Recruiting: Wolverines Offer 2016 CB LaVert Hill of Detroit Cass Tech

LaVert is the (obviously) younger brother of sophomore DB Delano Hill. It's a family thing in Ann Arbor, apparently. Delano Hill probably used to give his little brother hell--in a good way, of course. Imagine those noogies, those wedgies, those "Hey, let's see who can hit the lightest...I'll go first..." (Thwap! Little brother cries, is declared instant winner) Don't be surprised if they show flashes of sibling rivalry in the locker room one of these days. You know, kind of like Peyton and Eli did in that one ESPN commercial. All jokes aside, Michigan made the right call Tuesday when...
Maize n Brew Jul 22, 2014

Michigan, ESPN hit home run with My Wish feature

The University of Michigan football program was recently featured on ESPN's "My Wish" series giving Stephen Loszewski a day to remember. From Jake Long to Desmond Howard, the University of Michigan gave a young man a day to remember thanks to ESPN's "My Wish" series. It was simply fantastic. Stephen Loszewski grew up loving football and the University of Michigan. Unfortunately, during his freshman year of high school, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Now in remission and ready to put his days of being sick behind him, the Wolverines did everything they could to help speed that process...
Maize n Brew Jul 22, 2014

MnB talks Michigan Football with The Michigan Man Podcast

Maize n Brew's Football Editor, Joshua Henschke, appeared on The Michigan Man Podcast with host Mike Fitzpatrick to discuss Michigan's upcoming season.
Maize n Brew Jul 22, 2014

MnB B1G Preview: Three key players for Ohio State football

In continuance of our Big Ten preview, we take a look at the three key players for Ohio State football this upcoming season. So close, yet so far away. That was the Buckeye national championship hopes in a nutshell -- no pun intended. A perfect regular season, their second in a row under head coach Urban Meyer, only ended in disappointment as Michigan State and Clemson caused a major dent in an otherwise sterling record. Luckily for Buckeye fans, the team returns fully re-loaded and ready to make another run towards a coveted National Championship. These three players will play a major role...
Maize n Brew Jul 22, 2014

Tuesday Morning Brews (7/22/14)

Without Braxton The more that I absorb myself in football and be a part of it on a day-to-day basis, the more obvious it becomes how important the head coach is for the success or failure of a program. It's casually obvious already, but Ohio State under Luke Fickell is a very different program than Ohio State under Urban Meyer. Bill Connelly of SB Nation has a saying that the tough jobs remain tough, but the first link to that being true is an Ohio State's or a Michigan's ability to land an elite coach and maintain the level of play that they've come to expect. If a program like Boise State...
Maize n Brew Jul 22, 2014

39 Days to Michigan Football

Michigan football opens their season against (School Name Redacted) in a little over a month. RS Sophomore AJ Pearson, DB Number: 36 Hometown: Johns Creek, GA (Northview High) Height/Weight: 6' 0 / 202 lbs. One Big Thing to Know About AJ: He may be a walk-on, but he has got the motivation and drive of a seasoned letterman. AJ comes to Michigan from an Atlanta suburb and appears to have instincts and ball-seeking skills like everyone's other favorite walk-on, Jordan Kovacs. What's not to love about a dude who not only works hard to make the football roster, but wants to get an awesome degree...

Wolverines Player News

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  • 1 Drake Harris

    Drake Harris

    Michigan's Mason Cole bulks up to 6-foot-5, 292, Drake Harris loses weight, and more roster notes

  • Derrick Green

    Derrick Green

    Photo: Michigan Wolverines Sophomore RB Derrick Green Is Lighter, Leaner and Ready

  • Shane Morris

    Shane Morris

    Michigan Wolverines position preview: Shane Morris will fight, but QB job has to be Devin Gardner's to lose

  • Delano Hill

    Delano Hill

    Michigan Football Recruiting: Wolverines Offer 2016 CB LaVert Hill of Detroit Cass Tech