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2016 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 2016 Michigan Wolverines football team, sometimes known as Team 137 in reference to the 137-year tradition of the Michigan football program, was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wolverines played in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan was led by head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was in his second season.

2016 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines logo.svg
Orange Bowl, L 32–33 vs. Florida State
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division East Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 10
AP No. 10
2016 record 10–3 (7–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Harbaugh (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Don Brown (1st season)
Base defense 4–3
MVP Jabrill Peppers
Captain Jake Butt (Senior year)
Captain Chris Wormley (Senior year)
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
(Capacity: 107,601)
Uniform
Michigan wolverines football uniforms.png
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PreseasonEdit

In 2015, Michigan compiled a 10–3 record (6–2 in conference play) during the regular season and played the Florida Gators in the Citrus Bowl, where Michigan defeated the Gators 41–7. This was Michigan's best record since the 2011 season, which saw Michigan finish with an 11–2 record and a Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.

Michigan suffered staff attrition when defensive coordinator D. J. Durkin left the program to become the head coach at Maryland.[1] On December 21, 2015, Michigan officially announced the hiring of Don Brown as defensive coordinator.[2] On January 7, 2016, it was officially announced that John Baxter would be leaving Michigan to become the Special Teams coach at USC.[3] In response to both the Baxter and Durkin departures—Durkin had also coached linebackers for Michigan in addition to his position as defensive coordinator—Michigan promoted their recruiting coordinator Chris Partridge to Special Teams and Linebackers coach.[4] On February 18, 2016, Greg Jackson left Michigan to become the defensive backs coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He was replaced by Brian Smith, who most recently served as an assistant linebackers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles under Chip Kelly.[5]

 
Michigan Wolverines logo and the jumpman logo at the Nike, Inc. flagship store on the Magnificent Mile during the week before the opening game

The team conducted four of its spring practices at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida between February 29 and March 4, 2016, which coincided with the University's annual spring break. The final practice was held as an open practice for fans and recruits,[6] and saw an attendance of over 5,000 people. The practices were considered controversial, as coaches from the SEC and ACC protested what they believed to be an attempt to gain an upper hand in recruiting prospective athletes; however, at the time, no NCAA rules stated that the practices would not be allowed to take place.[7] Michigan also conducted several satellite camps—football camps meant to expose prospective student athletes to colleges who might otherwise not find and recruit them due to distance or other factors—in 22 states, Australia, and American Samoa following the NCAA's reversal of a ban enacted only months prior.[8]

Although agreed to many months earlier,[9][10] in April, the University announced it had signed an 11-year, $127.12 million contract with Nike, Inc. on March 16 that would go into effect on August 1, 2016 for 31 Michigan Wolverines sports teams to switch from wearing Adidas apparel to Nike.[11] The Wolverines became the first football program to wear the jumpman logo and every piece of football apparel donned by the team that is visible is Jordan Brand attire.[12][13] Michigan unveiled its new uniforms and gear during a ceremony at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant on August 2. Michigan alumna Dana Jacobson hosted the event, while former Wolverine great Charles Woodson was also in attendance.[14]

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

RecruitsEdit

Michigan's recruiting class consisted of 28 recruits, including seven that enrolled early. Michigan's recruiting class was ranked No. 6 by Scout, No. 4 by Rivals, and No. 6 by ESPN.[15][16][17] The highlight of the class was the consensus number one recruit in the country, Rashan Gary.[18][19]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Devin Asiasi
TE
Concord, California De La Salle H.S. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 272 lb (123 kg) 5.08 Feb 3, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Ben Bredeson
OL
Hartland, Wisconsin Arrowhead H.S. 6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m) 293 lb (133 kg) 5.31 Jun 17, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Devin Bush Jr.
LB
Pembroke Pines, Florida Flanagan H.S. 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 4.7 Dec 16, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Dylan Crawford
WR
Rancho Santa Margarita, California Santa Margarita Catholic H.S. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.62 Jan 9, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Kingston Davis
RB
Prattville, Alabama Prattville H.S. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 4.79 Apr 6, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Michael Dwumfour
DT
Wayne, New Jersey Depaul Catholic H.S. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 282 lb (128 kg) 4.89 Jan 25, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Nick Eubanks
TE
Plantation, Florida American Heritage H.S. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 4.69 Feb 3, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Chris Evans
ATH
Indianapolis, Indiana Ben Davis H.S. 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 4.4 Jun 6, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Rashan Gary
DT
Paramus, New Jersey Paramus Catholic H.S. 6 ft 4.5 in (1.94 m) 290 lb (130 kg) 4.86 Feb 3, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Devin Gil
DB
Pembroke Pines, Florida Flanagan H.S. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 4.72 Jun 19, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Brad Hawkins Jr.
WR
Camden, New Jersey Camden H.S. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.82 Jul 3, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Lavert Hill
CB
Detroit, Michigan MLK H.S. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 4.41 Feb 3, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Khaleke Hudson
ATH
McKeesport, Pennsylvania McKeesport H.S. 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.81 Jan 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Nate Johnson
WR
Thompson's Station, Tennessee Independence H.S. 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 4.5 Dec 12, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Ron Johnson
DE
Camden, New Jersey Camden H.S. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 221 lb (100 kg) 4.60 Jun 25, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Carlo Kemp
DE
Boulder, Colorado Fairview H.S. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 250 lb (110 kg) 4.80 Nov 8, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
David Long
CB
Los Angeles, California Loyola H.S. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 4.40 Jan 21, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Elysee Mbem-Bosse
LB
Ellenwood, Georgia Cedar Grove H.S. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 4.61 Jan 24, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Eddie McDoom
WR
Winter Garden, Florida Atlantic H.S. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 4.65 Jan 27, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Sean McKeon
TE
Dudley, Massachusetts Shepherd Hill H.S. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.52 Jun 15, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Josh Metellus
DB
Pembroke Pines, Florida Flanagan H.S. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) -- Jun 17, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Ahmir Mitchell
WR
Wayne, New Jersey DePaul Catholic H.S. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.67 Aug 27, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Quinn Nordin
K
Rockford, Michigan Rockford H.S. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) -- Feb 3, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Michael Onwenu
OL
Detroit, Michigan Cass Tech H.S. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 367 lb (166 kg) 5.52 Jun 2, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Brandon Peters
QB
Avon, Indiana Avon H.S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 4.85 Apr 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Stephen Spanellis
OL
Baltimore, Maryland Gilman School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 290 lb (130 kg) 5.80 Jan 21, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Joshua Uche
DE
Miami, FL Columbus H.S. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 4.60 Jan 24, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Kareem Walker
RB
Wayne, New Jersey DePaul Catholic H.S. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.50 Dec 17, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6   Rivals: 4  247Sports: 5  ESPN: 6
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

RankingsEdit

Entering the season, Michigan was ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 8 in the Coaches' Poll.[20] Following its opening victory over Hawaii, Michigan rose to No. 5 in the AP Poll and No. 6 in the Coaches' Poll,[21] and then rose to No. 4 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the Coaches' Poll following its victory over UCF.[22] Michigan held serve in the polls following its victories over Colorado[23] and Penn State.[24] Michigan rose to No. 4 in the Coaches' Poll following its victory over Wisconsin,[25] and remained at No. 4 in both polls following its win over Rutgers.[26] Michigan rose to No. 3 in the AP Poll during its bye week.[27] Michigan rose to No. 2 in both polls following its victory over Michigan State and was ranked No. 3 in the season's first edition of the College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings.[28] Following its loss to Iowa, Michigan fell to No. 4 in both polls, but remained at No. 3 in the CFP rankings.[29] Michigan rose to No. 3 in the AP Poll following its victory over Indiana, and remained at No. 4 in the Coaches' Poll, and No. 3 in the CFP rankings.[30]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 7 (1) 5 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1) 3 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1) 4 3 5 6 10 
Coaches 8 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 2 2 3 4 4 6 6 10 
CFP Not released 3 3 3 3 5 6 Not released


ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 12:00 p.m. Hawaii* No. 7 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ESPN W 63–3   110,222[31]
September 10 12:00 p.m. UCF* No. 5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC W 51–14   109,295[32]
September 17 3:30 p.m. Colorado* No. 4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI BTN W 45–28   110,042[33]
September 24 3:30 p.m. Penn State No. 4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC W 49–10   110,319[34]
October 1 3:30 p.m. No. 8 Wisconsin No. 4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC W 14–7   111,846[35]
October 8 7:00 p.m. at Rutgers No. 4 High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPN2 W 78–0   53,292[36]
October 22 3:30 p.m. Illinois  No. 3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI BTN W 41–8   111,103[37]
October 29 12:00 p.m. at Michigan State No. 2 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) ESPN W 32–23   75,802[38]
November 5 3:30 p.m. Maryland No. 2 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN W 59–3   110,626[39]
November 12 8:00 p.m. at Iowa No. 2 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC L 13–14   70,585[40]
November 19 3:30 p.m. Indiana No. 4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ESPN W 20–10   110,288[41]
November 26 12:00 p.m. at No. 2 Ohio State No. 3 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio (The Game) ABC L 27–30 2OT  110,045[42]
December 30 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 10 Florida State* No. 6 Hard Rock StadiumMiami Gardens, Florida (Orange Bowl) ESPN L 32–33   67,432[43]
*Non-conference game.  Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time. Source:[44].

RadioEdit

Radio coverage for all games was broadcast statewide on The Michigan IMG Sports Network and on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The radio announcers are Jim Brandstatter with play-by-play, Dan Dierdorf with color commentary, and Doug Karsch with sideline reports.[44]

Game summariesEdit

vs. HawaiiEdit

Hawaii at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Rainbow Warriors 0 0 0 3 3
#7 Wolverines 14 21 21 7 63
  • Date: September 3
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 12:01 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 110,222
  • Game weather: Mid 70s, Sunny and clear, W 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jerry Punch
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–0 November 28, 1998 Michigan, 48–17

To begin the season, Michigan hosted the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. This was the first meeting between the teams since 1998, which saw Michigan defeat Hawaii 48–17.[46]

Michigan won in a blowout, 63–3.[47] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 12-yard touchdown pass from Wilton Speight to Grant Perry and added to its lead with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Jake Butt. Michigan added 21 points in the second quarter via a five-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Amara Darboh, a Delano Hill 27-yard interception return for a touchdown (pick six), and an 18-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Chris Evans, which made the score 35–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan extended its lead early in the third quarter with a 43-yard touchdown run from Evans, and then added fourteen more points via a Channing Stribling 51-yard interception return for a touchdown and a four-yard touchdown run from Khalid Hill. Hawaii reduced Michigan's lead to 53 with a 55-yard field goal from Rigoberto Sanchez, but Michigan ended the scoring with a five-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon.[48]

Michigan's honorary captain for the game was NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, while former Wolverines Charles Woodson and Lamarr Woodley were also honored during the game. Michigan's 60-point margin of victory was the seventh highest margin of victory in program history and the highest since Michigan defeated Northwestern 69–0 in 1975. The game marked the fourth time in program history that Michigan did not punt during a game, and the first time since 2009 (against Delaware State). This was the first time Michigan had two pick sixes in a game since the 1999 Citrus Bowl against Arkansas and the first time since 2011 that it had two defensive touchdowns in one game. Thirty-three Wolverines made their collegiate debut, while seventeen true freshmen appeared in the game, setting a program record.[46] Evans—appearing in his first college game—rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. He became just the third Wolverine true freshman to surpass 100 rushing yards in his collegiate debut, joining Walter Cross (104 yards, September 12, 1998) and Chris Perry (103 yards, September 2, 2000).[49]

vs. UCFEdit

UCF at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Knights 0 7 7 0 14
#5 Wolverines 21 13 10 7 51
  • Date: September 10
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 12:06 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:27
  • Game attendance: 109,295
  • Game weather: Mid 70s, Cloudy with rain, SW 15–25 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ABC): Steve Levy, Brian Griese & Todd McShay
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
First meeting

Following its opening game against Hawaii, Michigan hosted the Central Florida (UCF) Knights. This was the first ever meeting between the two teams.[51]

Michigan won in another lopsided victory, 51–14.[52] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a three-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Butt, and added to its lead via a two-yard touchdown run from Hill and a 45-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Darboh. Michigan added 13 points in the second quarter via a 24-yard, and 36-yard field goal from Allen, and a 14-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Butt. UCF reduced Michigan's lead to 27 points via an 87-yard touchdown run from Adrian Killins, which made the score 34–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan extended its lead in the third quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Hill and a 37-yard field goal by Allen. UCF reduced Michigan's lead to 30 points via a 34-yard touchdown run from Dontravious Wilson. Michigan ended the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Darboh.[53]

Michigan posted back-to-back 50-plus-point performances for the first time since 1992. Michigan combined for 114 total points in its first two games of the season, the most in program history in more than 100 years.[51][54] Over his first two games, Speight has seven touchdown passes, tying him with John Navarre for the most touchdown passes in the first two games of a season by a Michigan quarterback. Butt had seven receptions with two touchdowns for the first multi-touchdown game of his career. Butt's seven receptions give him 100 for his career, moving him into third place for career receptions by a tight end.[51]

vs. ColoradoEdit

Colorado at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 21 0 7 0 28
#4 Wolverines 7 17 14 7 45
  • Date: September 17
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:42 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 110,042
  • Game weather: Mid 70s, Cloudy with possible rain, SW 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
3–1 September 13, 1997 Michigan, 27–3

After playing UCF, Michigan hosted the Colorado Buffaloes. This was the first meeting between the schools since 1997, which saw Michigan win its opener en route to a national championship.[56]

Michigan overcame a 14-point first quarter deficit and won the game 45–28. This was the 14th time that Michigan has overcome a deficit of 14 points or more to win.[57] Colorado opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 37-yard touchdown pass from Sefo Liufau to Devin Ross and added to its lead via an 18-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Dere McCartney. Michigan responded with a six-yard blocked punt touchdown return by Grant Perry, which reduced Colorado's lead to seven points. Colorado regained its 14-point lead via a six-yard touchdown pass from Liufau to Devin Ross. Michigan responded with 17 unanswered points in the second quarter: a 17-yard touchdown run from Jehu Chesson, a 39-yard field goal by Kenny Allen, and a 45-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Darboh, which made the score 24–21 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Colorado regained the lead in the third quarter via a 70-yard touchdown pass from Liufau to Shay Fields, but Michigan regained the lead with a 42-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith. Michigan added to its lead with a one-yard touchdown run from Ty Isaac, and then ended the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown from Jabrill Peppers.[58]

Michigan's honorary captains for the game were former Michigan and current New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick. Michigan has combined for 159 total points over its first three games of the 2016 season, the most over that stretch in program history. Michigan scored two touchdowns off punts returns in a single game for just the second time in program history, and the first time since 1954. Jake Butt posted seven receptions for 87 yards and moved into third among Michigan's all-time leaders in receiving yards by a tight end with 1,292.[56]

vs. Penn StateEdit

Penn State at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Nittany Lions 0 0 3 7 10
#4 Wolverines 14 14 7 14 49
  • Date: September 24
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:41 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:20
  • Game attendance: 110,319
  • Game weather: Low 70s, Mostly sunny, N 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Dan Capron
  • TV announcers (ABC): Dave Flemming, Brian Griese & Todd McShay
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
12–7 November 21, 2015 Michigan, 28–16

Following its game against Colorado, Michigan began its Big Ten portion of the schedule when it hosted the Penn State Nittany Lions. Michigan defeated Penn State 28–16 in the previous meeting.[60]

Michigan won in another blowout, 49–10.[61] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Khalid Hill, and a two-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith. Michigan added to its lead in the second quarter via a three-yard touchdown pass from Wilton Speight to Devin Asiasi, and a two-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon, which made the score 28–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Penn State reduced Michigan's lead to 25 with a 21-yard field goal by Tyler Davis in the third quarter. Michigan responded with a three-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans. Penn State opened the scoring in the fourth quarter via an eight-yard pass from Trace McSorley to Chris Godwin. Michigan responded with a 40-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon, before Ty Isaac added the final points of the game via a three-yard touchdown run.[62]

Michigan's honorary captain for the game was alumnus Don Graham, the founder of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute. Michigan has combined for 208 total points over its first four games of the 2016 season, the most over that stretch in program history. Michigan has scored 40 or more points in each of its first four games for the first time since 1947. Michigan posted a season best six sacks, the most in a game since 2014 against Northwestern.[60]

With the win, the Wolverines also retook the all time college football winning percentage from its rival Notre Dame.

vs. WisconsinEdit

Wisconsin at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Badgers 0 0 7 0 7
#4 Wolverines 0 7 0 7 14
  • Date: October 1
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:41 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 111,846
  • Game weather: High 60s, Cloudy possible rain, SE 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (ABC): Steve Levy, Brian Griese & Todd McShay
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
49–14–1 November 20, 2010 Wisconsin, 48–28

After facing Penn State, Michigan hosted the Wisconsin Badgers. Despite being in the same conference, these teams had not met since 2010, when Wisconsin defeated Michigan 48–28.[64]

Michigan defeated Wisconsin in a defensive battle, 14–7.[65] After neither team scored in the first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring in the second quarter via a one-yard touchdown run from Khalid Hill, which made the score 7–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Wisconsin responded in the third quarter with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Alex Hornibrook to Dare Ogunbowale. Michigan re-gained the lead and ended the scoring in the fourth quarter via a 46-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Darboh.[66]

Michigan's honorary captain for the game was former faculty athletics representative, and current University of Michigan English professor Anne Curzan. The win was Michigan's first over a top-10 opponent since beating Wisconsin in 2008, 27–25,[64] ending a streak of 12 consecutive such losses (including two under Harbaugh).[67] Michigan was 0 for 3 on Field Goal attempts.[68]

at RutgersEdit

Michigan at Rutgers
1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Wolverines 14 29 14 21 78
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: High Point Solutions Stadium
    Piscataway, NJ
  • Game start: 7:10 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 53,292
  • Game weather: 65º F, Rainy, W 2 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Cannon
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer & Paul Carcaterra
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
1–1 November 7, 2015 Michigan, 49–16

After its game against Wisconsin, Michigan traveled to New Jersey to face Rutgers in Michigan's first road game of the season. Michigan defeated Rutgers 49–16 in the previous meeting.[70]

Michigan won in a historic blowout, 78–0.[71] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a four-yard touchdown run from Ty Isaac. Michigan added to its lead via a 30-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Chesson. Michigan added 29 points in the second quarter via a seven-yard touchdown run from Peppers, two one-yard touchdown runs from Hill, a two-point conversion Garrett Moores rush, and a four-yard touchdown run from Peppers, which made the score 43–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added 14 points in the third quarter via an 11-yard touchdown pass from John O'Korn to Hill, and a 15-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon. Michigan added 21 points in the fourth quarter via a 13-yard touchdown run from Bobby Henderson, a 44-yard touchdown run from Higdon, and a 34-yard touchdown run from Isaac.[72]

The game was a statistical domination for Michigan. Michigan accumulated 600 yards of offense and eleven touchdowns (nine rushing, two passing); the nine rushing touchdowns tied for the most in modern program history.[73] Khalid Hill recorded three touchdown scores, making him the first Michigan player with three or more scores since Chesson had four in 2015 against Indiana. Michigan improved to 6–0 for the first time since 2011 and recorded its first shutout since the previous season against Northwestern. Michigan's defense held Rutgers to only 39 total yards, two first downs, 14 three-and-outs and 0-for-17 on third down. Michigan recorded its largest margin of victory—during either conference or non-conference play—since it defeated Chicago 85–0 in 1939. This was also the largest margin of victory in any Big Ten game since the same Michigan victory over Chicago.[70] The defeat was Rutgers' worst loss since an 82–0 loss to Princeton in 1888.[74]

vs. IllinoisEdit

Illinois at Michigan
(Homecoming game)
1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 0 0 8 8
#3 Wolverines 21 10 3 7 41
  • Date: October 22
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:36 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 111,103
  • Game weather: Low 50s, Partly cloudy, NW 20–30 MPH
  • Referee: Ron Snodgrass
  • TV announcers (BTN): Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
69–23–2 October 13, 2012 Michigan, 45–0

Following its clash with Rutgers and its bye week, Michigan hosted the Illinois Fighting Illini for its homecoming game. This was the first meeting between the schools since 2012, which saw Michigan defeat Illinois 45–0.[76]

Michigan won the game, 41–8.[77] Michigan scored 21 points in the first quarter via a three-yard touchdown pass from Wilton Speight to Jake Butt, a 21-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Tyrone Wheatley, and a one-yard touchdown run from Khalid Hill. Michigan added to its lead in the second with a four-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith, and a 23-yard field goal by Kenny Allen, which made the score 31–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added to its lead with a 27-yard field goal by Allen in the third quarter. Illinois responded in the fourth quarter with a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jeff George, Jr. to Malik Turner, and a two-point conversion pass from George to Zach Grant, before Michigan added the final points of the game via a 45-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon.[78]

Michigan's honorary captain for the game was MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. Michigan improved to 7–0 for the first time since 2006. Jake Butt recorded his fourth touchdown of the season—the 11th of his career—to gain sole possession of second second place on Michigan's list of career touchdowns by a tight end, four behind leader Jerame Tuman (15). Amara Darboh extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 27 and now holds sole possession of the sixth spot among Michigan leaders in the category. Michigan's defense held Illinois to 172 total yards, and without a passing yard in the first half. This was the fourth straight game that Michigan has held an opponent to less than 200 yards.[76]

at Michigan StateEdit

Michigan at Michigan State
(Paul Bunyan Trophy)
1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Wolverines 7 20 0 5 32
Spartans 7 3 0 13 23
  • Date: October 29
  • Location: Spartan Stadium
    East Lansing, MI
  • Game start: 12:01 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:46
  • Game attendance: 75,802
  • Game weather: 68º F, Overcast, WSW 11 MPH
  • Referee: Don Willard
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard & Allison Williams
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
68–35–5 October 17, 2015 Michigan State, 27–23

After its homecoming game against Illinois, Michigan traveled to East Lansing to face its in-state rival, the Michigan State Spartans, for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Michigan State defeated Michigan 27–23 in the previous season after returning a fumbled snap for a touchdown with no time remaining in the game.[80]

Michigan defeated Michigan State, 32–23, for its first win against the Spartans since 2012 and its first win at Spartan Stadium since 2007.[81] Michigan State opened the scoring in the first quarter with a five-yard touchdown run from LJ Scott, which capped off an opening drive that lasted seven minutes and two seconds. Michigan responded with a three-yard touchdown run from Jabrill Peppers and then took the lead in the second quarter with a one-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith. Michigan State reduced Michigan's lead to four with a 52-yard field goal from Michael Geiger, but Kenny Allen answered with a 23-yard field goal for Michigan. Michigan scored twice in the final minute of the half with a five-yard touchdown run from Smith and another 23-yard field goal from Allen, which gave Michigan a 27–10 lead at half-time. Michigan extended its lead to 20 in the fourth quarter with a 45-yard field goal from Allen, and coasted from there. Michigan State reduced Michigan's lead to seven points with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Tyler O'Connor to Donnie Corley with :01 left on the clock. On an ensuing two-point conversion attempt, O'Connor fumbled the ball and Peppers returned it for a two-point conversion for Michigan to close out the game.[82]

Michigan improved to 8–0 for the first time since 2006. Michigan's 5–0 record in Big Ten play is the best start to conference play for Michigan since its 6–0 start in 2007. With three receptions today, Jake Butt passed Jim Mandich (119 catches) for the second-most receptions by a tight end in Michigan history. Butt now has 121 career catches.[80]

vs. MarylandEdit

Maryland at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 0 0 0 3 3
#2 Wolverines 14 21 10 14 59
  • Date: November 5
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:35 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 110,626
  • Game weather: Mid 60s, Sunny some clouds, SW 10–15 MPH
  • Referee: Jeff Servinski
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Steve Levy, Brian Griese & Todd McShay
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
4–1 October 3, 2015 Michigan, 28–0

After facing Michigan State, Michigan hosted the Maryland Terrapins. Maryland was led by Michigan's former defensive coordinator D. J. Durkin. In the 2015 contest, Michigan defeated Maryland, 28–0.[84]

Michigan won in another blowout, 59–3.[85] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 34-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Darboh. Michigan added to its lead via a ten-yard touchdown run from Speight. Michigan added 21 points in the second quarter via a three-yard touchdown run from De'Veon Smith, a one-yard touchdown run from Khalid Hill and a 33-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Chesson, which made the score 35–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added 10 points in the third quarter via a 29-yard field goal from Kenny Allen, and a one-yard touchdown run from Smith. Maryland opened the scoring in the fourth quarter via a 37-yard field goal from Adam Greene, for their only points of the game. Michigan responded with 14 points via a two-yard touchdown run from Smith, his third rushing touchdown of the game, and a nine-yard touchdown pass from John O'Korn to Kekoa Crawford.[86]

Michigan improved to 9–0 for the first time since 2006. Wilton Speight set a program record for the most passing yards in the first half with 292 yards. The previous record-holder was Denard Robinson, who had 262 vs. Illinois in 2010. This was the first game the Wolverine offense featured a 300-yard passer (Wilton Speight, 362), a 100-yard rusher (De'Veon Smith, 114) and a 100-yard receiver (Jehu Chesson, 112) since October 19, 2013, vs. Indiana. Jake Butt became the program's all-time leader for receiving yards from a tight end (1,521), surpassing the previous record set by Jim Mandich (1,508). Michigan's defense combined for 13 tackles-for loss, tying a season record.[84]

at IowaEdit

Michigan at Iowa
1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Wolverines 3 7 0 3 13
Hawkeyes 0 8 3 3 14
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium
    Iowa City, IA
  • Game start: 7:12 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 70,585
  • Game weather: 41º F, Mostly cloudy, S 4 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (ABC): Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & Samantha Ponder
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
41–14–4 November 23, 2013 Iowa, 24–21

After hosting Maryland, Michigan traveled to Iowa City, Iowa to face the Iowa Hawkeyes. This was the first meeting between the two schools since Iowa defeated Michigan 24–21 in 2013.[88]

Iowa upset Michigan, 13–14.[89] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a 26-yard field goal from Kenny Allen. Michigan extended its lead in the second quarter via a seven-yard touchdown run from Ty Isaac. Iowa responded with a Jaleel Johnson safety and a three-yard touchdown pass from C. J. Beathard to Akrum Wadley, which made the score 10–8 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Iowa took their first lead of the game via a 25-yard field goal from Keith Duncan. Michigan responded with a 51-yard field goal from Allen, to regain the lead, before Duncan scored the game-winning 33-yard field goal as time expired.[90]

Michigan's 37 rushing scores are the third most for the team since 1970, trailing only the 43 touchdowns scored by the 1976 team and the 47 scored by the 1971 team.[88] The game was similar to the 1985 match-up between the two teams, when No. 1 ranked Iowa defeated No. 2 ranked Michigan, quarterbacked by now Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, on a game-winning field goal from Rob Houghtlin as time expired. After losses by No. 3 ranked Clemson, and No. 4 ranked Washington earlier in the day, and the loss by No. 2 ranked Michigan, this marked the first time since October 19, 1985 that Nos. 2-4 all lost on the same day.[91] In the days following the game, it was erroneously reported by blogger Brian Cook of the "mgoblog" fan website that Speight had endured a broken collarbone during the game and may be lost for the rest of the season.[92]

vs. IndianaEdit

Indiana at Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 0 7 3 0 10
#4 Wolverines 0 3 17 0 20
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Michigan Stadium
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 3:35 EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 110,288
  • Game weather: High 30s, Cloudy, rain/snow, NW 20–30 MPH
  • Referee: Jerry McGinn
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy & Tom Luginbill
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
55–9 November 14, 2015 Michigan, 48–41 2OT

Following its game against Iowa, Michigan played its final home game against Indiana. Michigan defeated Indiana 48–41 in double overtime the previous season.[94]

Michigan defeated Indiana, 20–10.[95] After neither team scored in the first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring in the second quarter via a 28-yard field goal from Kenny Allen. Indiana responded with a two-yard touchdown run from Camion Patrick, which made the score 7–3 in favor of Indiana at half-time. Michigan reduced Indiana's lead to one point via a 33-yard field goal from Allen. Indiana extended its lead in the third quarter via a 24-yard field goal from Griffin Oakes. Michigan responded with 14 unanswered points via two touchdown runs from De'Veon Smith, one from 34-yards, and one from 39-yards.[96]

Michigan improved to 10–1, achieving back-to-back double-digit win seasons for the first time since 200203. It is the 28th time in program history that Michigan reached 10 wins. Jim Harbaugh is one of only two coaches in program history to win 10 games in each of his first two seasons as head coach, joining Fielding Yost (190102). Senior quarterback John O'Korn made his first start since the 2014 season. With two pass breakups against the Hoosiers, cornerback Jourdan Lewis upped his career total to 43 to tie Leon Hall (2003–06) for the most in Michigan history.[94]

at Ohio StateEdit

Michigan at Ohio State
(The Game)
1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
#3 Wolverines 0 10 7 0 7 3 27
#2 Buckeyes 0 7 7 3 7 6 30
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
    Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 12:00 EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:51
  • Game attendance: 110,045
  • Game weather: 43º F, Partly cloudy, W 10 MPH
  • Referee: Daniel Capron
  • TV announcers (ABC): Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
58–47–6 November 28, 2015 Ohio State, 42–13

Following its home finale against Indiana, Michigan faced its arch-rivals, the Ohio State Buckeyes, in the 113th meeting of "The Game". In the previous meeting, Ohio State defeated Michigan for the fourth consecutive year, winning 42–13.[97]

Michigan lost to Ohio State 27–30 in double overtime. After neither team scored in the first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring in the second quarter via a 28-yard field goal from Kenny Allen. Ohio State responded with a 16-yard interception return from Malik Hooker. Michigan closed the scoring in the first half via a one-yard touchdown run from Khalid Hill, which made the score 10–7 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan extended their lead in the third quarter via an eight-yard touchdown pass from Wilton Speight to Hill. Ohio State reduced Michigan's lead to three points via a one-yard touchdown run from Mike Weber, before Tyler Durbin recorded a 23-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, Ohio State scored via a seven-yard touchdown run from J. T. Barrett. Michigan responded with a five-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Amara Darboh to force double overtime. In double overtime, Michigan scored via a 37-yard field goal from Allen, before Curtis Samuel recorded a 15-yard touchdown run to win the game.[98]

Dave Adolph served as honorary captain for both Michigan and Ohio State. The game marked the 11th time that Michigan and Ohio State took the field both in the nation's top-five rankings; and is just the second time that both programs were ranked in the nation's top three. The other was the No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in 2006 at Ohio Stadium. The game also marked the first overtime in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry. Michigan's defense recorded a season-best eight sacks against Ohio State. It is the program's most since posting nine against Notre Dame on September 15, 2007. The Wolverines have recorded at least three sacks in each of the last four games. Wide receiver Amara Darboh surpassed the 2,000-yard receiving milestone in the contest. Darboh caught eight passes for 68 receiving yards, upping his career total to 2,026. Darboh has recorded a reception in 32 consecutive games, earning a share of the fourth spot among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category. He is tied with Marquise Walker (1998–2001).[97]

The Big Ten fined Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and the school $10,000 for violating their sportsmanship policy after he was critical of the officiating crew at a post-game press conference.[99]

Statistics

Statistic OSU MICH
Total Yards 330 310
Passing Yards 124 219
Rushing Yards 206 91
Penalties 2-6 7-59
Turnovers 1 3
Time of Possession 28:47 31:13
Statistic OSU MICH
Passing J. T. Barrett (124) Wilton Speight (219)
Rushing J. T. Barrett (125) De'Veon Smith (60)
Receiving Noah Brown (40) Amara Darboh (68)

vs. Florida StateEdit

Michigan vs. Florida State
(Orange Bowl)
1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Wolverines 3 3 9 17 32
#10 Seminoles 17 3 0 13 33
  • Date: December 30
  • Location: Hard Rock Stadium
    Miami Gardens, FL
  • Game start: 8:11 EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:42
  • Game attendance: 67,432
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Steve Levy, Brian Griese & Todd McShay
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
1–1 September 28, 1991 Florida State, 51–31

On December 4, Michigan was selected to play in the Orange Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles. Michigan lost the previous meeting in 1991, by a score of 51–31. This was Michigan's 45th bowl game appearance, and third appearance in the Orange Bowl.[100]

Playing without Heisman Trophy finalist Jabrill Peppers, Michigan lost to Florida State, 33–32.[101] Florida State opened the scoring in the first quarter via a two-yard touchdown run from Dalvin Cook. Michigan responded with a 19-yard field goal from Kenny Allen. Florida State extended its lead with a 42-yard field goal from Roberto Aguayo and a 92-yard touchdown pass from Deondre Francois to Nyqwan Murray. The teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter, a 28-yard field goal from Allen, and a 38-yard field goal from Roberto Aguayo, which made the score 20–6 in favor of Florida State at half-time. Michigan scored nine points in the third quarter on a 37-yard field goal from Allen, and a 14-yard interception return from Mike McCray, reducing Florida State's lead to five points. Florida State extended its lead in the fourth quarter via a three-yard run from Francois. Michigan responded with 15 unanswered points via an eight-yard touchdown pass from Wilton Speight to Khalid Hill, and a 30-yard touchdown run from Chris Evans to take their first lead of the game. Florida State responded with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Francois to Murray. Florida State's extra point was blocked by Chris Wormley, and Josh Metellus returned it the length of the field for a defensive conversion, making the score 33–32 in favor of the Seminoles. Michigan took over possession at its 25-yard line following the kickoff but was unable to get anything going as a fourth-down pass was intercepted near midfield to seal the game.[102]

Michigan finished the season with 534 points scored, fifth all-time trailing only the 1901–1904 point-a-minute teams. In finishing three-for-three on the day in field goals, Kenny Allen was one shy of the program record for most consecutive field goals made (16). Allen finished his career at 37-for-45, an 82.2-percent clip, just short of passing Bob Bergeron (29-of-35; 82.9 percent) as Michigan's all-time most accurate field goal kicker (minimum of 15 attempts). He also closes his career a perfect 95-for-95 on point-after attempts, tied with 10 others atop the program charts. Wide receiver Amara Darboh finished his career with at least one catch in 33 straight games, the fourth-longest streak in program history. Jeremy Gallon owns the record at 39 consecutive games.[103]

2017 NFL DraftEdit

Rnd. Pick # NFL team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 25 Cleveland Browns Peppers, JabrillJabrill Peppers  S Michigan Big Ten from Houston [105]
1 28 Dallas Cowboys Charlton, TacoTaco Charlton  DE Michigan Big Ten
3 74 Baltimore Ravens Wormley, ChrisChris Wormley  DT Michigan Big Ten from Philadelphia [107]
3 92 Dallas Cowboys Lewis, JourdanJourdan Lewis  CB Michigan Big Ten
3 95 Seattle Seahawks Hill, DelanoDelano Hill  S Michigan Big Ten from Atlanta [108]
3* 106 Seattle Seahawks Darboh, AmaraAmara Darboh  WR Michigan Big Ten
4 120 Minnesota Vikings Gedeon, BenBen Gedeon  LB Michigan Big Ten
4* 138 Cincinnati Bengals Glasgow, RyanRyan Glasgow  DT Michigan Big Ten
4* 139 Kansas City Chiefs Chesson, JehuJehu Chesson  WR Michigan Big Ten from Cleveland via Philadelphia and Minnesota [110]
5 145 Denver Broncos Butt, JakeJake Butt  TE Michigan Big Ten from Cleveland
6 197 New York Jets Clark, JeremyJeremy Clark  CB Michigan Big Ten from Arizona via Chicago and LA Rams [111]

Michigan set a program record with 11 NFL Draft selections, surpassing the previous record of 10, which was set in 1972 and 1974. Nine of this year's selections came in the first four rounds, setting another program record. It was also the most draftees in the 2017 NFL Draft by any school.[112][113]

RosterEdit

2016 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Crawford, KekoaKekoa Crawford Fr
TE 2 Asiasi, DevinDevin Asiasi Fr
QB 3 Speight, WiltonWilton Speight Jr
RB 4 Smith, De'VeonDe'Veon Smith Sr
QB 6 Sessa, MichaelMichael Sessa Fr
RB 6 Walker, KareemKareem Walker Fr
QB 7 Morris, ShaneShane Morris Sr
QB 8 O'Korn, JohnJohn O'Korn Sr
WR 9 Perry, GrantGrant Perry So
QB 10 Malzone, AlexAlex Malzone So
RB 12 Evans, ChrisChris Evans Fr
WR 13 McDoom, EddieEddie McDoom Fr
WR 14 Harris, DrakeDrake Harris Jr
QB 15 Moores, GarrettGarrett Moores Sr
WR 16 Wangler, JackJack Wangler Sr
WR 17 Smith, SimeonSimeon Smith Fr
TE 17 Wheatley Jr., TyroneTyrone Wheatley Jr. So
TE 18 Eubanks, NickNick Eubanks Fr
QB 18 Peters, BrandonBrandon Peters Fr
FB 19 Poggi, HenryHenry Poggi Sr
RB 20 Johnson, DrakeDrake Johnson RSr
RB 22 Higdon, KaranKaran Higdon So
RB 23 Davis, KingstonKingston Davis Fr
WR 24 Martin, JakeJake Martin Fr
WR 25 Johnson, NateNate Johnson Fr
WR 25 White, BrendanBrendan White So
RB 27 Hewlett, JoeJoe Hewlett Jr
WR 28 Brenner, AustinAustin Brenner Jr
FB 30 Beneducci, JoeJoe Beneducci Jr
RB 32 Isaac, TyTy Isaac Sr
TE 34 Ferris, KennethKenneth Ferris So
FB 35 Chu, BrianBrian Chu Jr
WR 35 Schoenle, NateNate Schoenle Fr
FB 37 Henderson, BobbyBobby Henderson RSr
FB 39 Dickow, SpencerSpencer Dickow So
FB 40 Volk, NickNick Volk Jr
FB 41 Hirsch, MichaelMichael Hirsch Jr
TE 42 Files, JosephJoseph Files So
OG/DT 50 Onwenu, MichaelMichael Onwenu Fr
OL 51 Froelich, GregGreg Froelich Sr
C 52 Cole, MasonMason Cole Jr
OG 55 Dawson, DavidDavid Dawson Sr
OG/C 57 Kugler, PatrickPatrick Kugler Sr
C 63 Pliska, BenBen Pliska RSr
OL 65 Kay, AnthonyAnthony Kay Fr
OG 67 Kalis, KyleKyle Kalis RSr
OL 68 Vastardis, AndrewAndrew Vastardis Fr
OT 70 Ulizio, NolanNolan Ulizio So
OG 71 Braden, BenBen Braden RSr
OL 72 Spanellis, StephenStephen Spanellis Fr
OG 74 Bredeson, BenBen Bredeson Fr
OT 75 Runyan Jr., JonJon Runyan Jr. So
OT 76 Bushell-Beatty, JuwanJuwan Bushell-Beatty Jr
OT 77 Newsome, GrantGrant Newsome So
OT 78 Magnuson, ErikErik Magnuson RSr
OL 79 Robinson, GregGreg Robinson Fr
FB 80 Hill, KhalidKhalid Hill Sr
TE 81 Jocz, MichaelMichael Jocz RSr
TE 81 Jokisch, DanDan Jokisch Fr
WR 82 Darboh, AmaraAmara Darboh RSr
TE 83 Gentry, ZachZach Gentry So
TE 84 McKeon, SeanSean McKeon Fr
WR 85 Ways, MauriceMaurice Ways Jr
WR 86 Chesson, JehuJehu Chesson RSr
TE 86 Edmonds, ConnorConnor Edmonds Fr
TE 88 Butt, JakeJake Butt (C) Sr
TE 89 Bunting, IanIan Bunting Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 2 Kemp, CarloCarlo Kemp Fr
DE 3 Gary, RashanRashan Gary Fr
LB 4 Jones, ReubenReuben Jones So
LB/DB 5 Peppers, JabrillJabrill Peppers Jr
CB 6 Washington, KeithKeith Washington So
S 7 Hudson, KhalekeKhaleke Hudson Fr
DE 7 Johnson, SheltonShelton Johnson So
CB 8 Stribling, ChanningChanning Stribling Sr
LB 9 McCray, MikeMike McCray Sr
LB 10 Bush Jr., DevinDevin Bush Jr. Fr
S 13 Metellus, JoshJosh Metellus Fr
DE 15 Winovich, ChaseChase Winovich Jr
DE 17 Johnson, RonRon Johnson Fr
S 18 Pearson, AJAJ Pearson RSr
CB 20 Mitchell, MattMatt Mitchell Jr
CB 22 Long, DavidDavid Long Fr
S 23 Kinnel, TyreeTyree Kinnel So
CB 24 Hill, LavertLavert Hill Fr
S 25 Thomas, DymonteDymonte Thomas Sr
CB 26 Lewis, JourdanJourdan Lewis Sr
S 27 Wilson, TruTru Wilson Fr
CB 28 Watson, BrandonBrandon Watson Jr
S 29 Glasgow, JordanJordan Glasgow So
S 30 Cochran, TylerTyler Cochran Fr
DB 32 Grodman, LouisLouis Grodman So
DE 33 Charlton, TacoTaco Charlton Sr
CB 34 Clark, JeremyJeremy Clark RSr
LB 35 Uche, JoshuaJoshua Uche Fr
LB 36 Gil, DevinDevin Gil Fr
DB 36 Krupp, TaylorTaylor Krupp So
DE 37 Drobocky, DaneDane Drobocky Fr
LB 38 Wangler, JaredJared Wangler Jr
LB 40 Shallman, WyattWyatt Shallman Sr
CB 40 Sloss, KennethKenneth Sloss Sr
S 41 West, JacobJacob West So
LB 42 Gedeon, BenBen Gedeon Sr
DE/DT 43 Wormley, ChrisChris Wormley (C) RSr
S 44 Hill, DelanoDelano Hill Sr
LB 46 Wroblewski, MichaelMichael Wroblewski Sr
S 49 Dalimonte, AnthonyAnthony Dalimonte Sr
DT 50 Dwumfour, MichaelMichael Dwumfour Fr
LB 51 Bush, PeterPeter Bush Fr
LB 52 Mbem-Bosse, ElyseeElysee Mbem-Bosse Fr
DT 53 Makki, SalimSalim Makki Jr
DT 54 Myers, CarlCarl Myers Fr
DT 55 Miller, GarrettGarrett Miller Sr
LB 56 Offerdahl, JamesonJameson Offerdahl So
LB 58 Kaminski, AlexAlex Kaminski Jr
LB 59 Furbush, NoahNoah Furbush Jr
DT 73 Hurst Jr., MauriceMaurice Hurst Jr. Sr
LB 88 Dunaway, JackJack Dunaway So
DT 90 Mone, BryanBryan Mone Jr
LB 92 Robertson, CheyennCheyenn Robertson So
DE 93 Marshall, LawrenceLawrence Marshall Jr
DT 96 Glasgow, RyanRyan Glasgow RSr
DT 99 Godin, MatthewMatthew Godin RSr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 Nordin, QuinnQuinn Nordin Fr
P 17 Hart, WillWill Hart Fr
K/P 31 Foug, JamesJames Foug So
K/P 41 Tice, RyanRyan Tice So
LS 31 Sypniewski, ScottScott Sypniewski Sr
LS 38 Cheeseman, CamaronCamaron Cheeseman Fr
LS 38 Deeg, BradleyBradley Deeg So
LS 50 Robinson, AndrewAndrew Robinson Jr
K/P 91 Allen, KennyKenny Allen RSr


Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Tim Drevno (offensive coordinator / offensive line)
  • Don Brown (defensive coordinator)
  • Jedd Fisch (passing game coordinator / quarterbacks / wide receivers)
  • Chris Partridge (special teams coordinator / linebackers)
  • Jay Harbaugh (tight ends)
  • Greg Mattison (defensive line)
  • Kevin Tolbert (strength and conditioning)
  • Tyrone Wheatley (running backs)
  • Mike Zordich (cornerbacks)
  • Brian Smith (safeties)
  • Biff Poggi (assistant to the head coach in charge of special projects)
  • Tony Tuioti (Director of Player Personnel)
  • Michael Switzer (Offensive Analyst)
  • Jimmie Dougherty (Offensive Analyst)
  • Devin Bush Sr. (Defensive Analyst)
  • Bam Richards (Offensive Analyst and Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Rick Finotti (Defensive Analyst)
  • Zach Eisendrath (Director of Internal Communications and Operations)
  • Sarah Snyder (Director of Performance Nutrition)
  • Gwendolyn Bush (Director Of Player Development)
  • Al Netter (Offensive Grad Assistant)
  • Drew Terrell (Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers)
  • Antonio James (Defensive Assistant)
  • Joe Hastings (Defensive Graduate Assistant)
  • Albert Karschnia (Operations Assistant)
  • Tony Binker (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Elijah Sandweiss (Recruiting Assistant)
  • Tony DeFeo (Director of Football Operations & Analytics)
  • Erin Cronyn (Operations Intern)
  • Katie Giarmo (Recruiting Intern)

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Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 10, 2016

Awards and honorsEdit

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