Game week is here for Michigan, team captains announced and how Pep Hamilton will affect the offense

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One last look back

Game week is finally here for Michigan and Florida. The No. 11 Wolverines and No. 16 Gators face off Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys and one monster big-screen TV.

Michigan has been in preseason camp mode the last four weeks, but now it can focus directly on Florida. What did we learn about coach Jim Harbaugh’s team in the last week of camp? Land of 10 takes a look here.   

Captains announced

Michigan players voted seniors Mason Cole and Mike McCray team captains Saturday night. 

It’s Pep Hamilton’s passing show now

Pep Hamilton has taken over as Michigan’s passing game coordinator. How is he different from predecessor Jedd Fisch? How has he affected the development of the position group? Rachel Lenzi of Land of 10 dives into those questions

Emil Ekiyor leads by example

There are three offensive linemen among the 13 players currently committed to Michigan for the Class of 2018. Land of 10 visited with all three last week. Emil Ekiyor of Indianapolis’ Cathedral High School couldn’t play Saturday night against Detroit’s Martin Luther King High School because of a sprained left ankle, but he showed his leadership in other ways. 

Position changes

Wide receiver Nate Johnson is now also playing cornerback, while linebacker Jared Wangler has made the move to fullback this preseason camp, writes the Detroit Free Press’ Nick Baumgardner.  

Lavert Hill hears coach’s challenge

When secondary coach Mike Zordich put a public challenge out to his players last week, it wasn’t the first time they’d heard it. Hear it they have, said sophomore cornerback Lavert Hill.  

From mother to daughter

The first time Sherry Labadie remembers watching Michigan was the 1989 Rose Bowl. She fell in love with the maize-and-blue that day and has passed down the love to her daughter, Allana

Linebackers full of speed and aggression

Defensive coordinator Don Brown likes to emphasize speed and aggressive play, especially with his linebackers. That’s exactly the kind of players he’s got in his second season, writes Baumgardner.  

Walk-on wide receiver turning heads

Nate Schoenle doesn’t have the recruiting pedigree that many others in Michigan’s wide receiver group have, but the sophomore walk-on is making coaches take notice and fighting for playing time.   

Beer for charity

Beer isn’t served at Michigan Stadium, but there is plenty at tailgates outside of the Big House. Some will be poured for a good cause.

Hoop prospects cut down lists of schools

A little basketball news as a pair of 2018 prep prospects included Michigan among their final schools. Talen Horton-Tucker of Chicago’s Simeon High School still has a way to go with 13 schools on his list, while Justin Ahrens of Versailles (Ohio) High School has a more reasonable list of three: Xavier, Michigan and Ohio State. 


Three Glasgow brothers have come to Michigan as walk-on players. Like older brothers Graham and Ryan before him, Jordan Glasgow has earned a scholarship

Big hit in Cincinnati

Speaking of Ryan Glasgow, a lot of NFL draft analysts liked what the Cincinnati Bengals got when they picked the former Michigan defensive tackle in the fourth round this year. He’s had a good training camp and made an impact play Sunday in a preseason game against Washington.

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