Michigan losing secondary member to transfer, Wolverines land No. 11 in preseason AP poll

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Secondary shakeup

Michigan secondary coach Mike Zordich spoke with the media on Monday and explained how he’s challenging a talented but inexperienced group the first three weeks of camp. He mentioned several players who could end up playing this season at cornerback and safety, including redshirt sophomore Keith Washington.

According a report by Scout.com’s Sam Webb, Washington asked for a transfer later in the day Monday. 

What does that mean for the Michigan secondary? Rachel Lenzi of Land of 10 answers that question

Wolverines voted No. 11 by AP

Preseason polls are all about driving speculation and providing some sort of guideline for the coming season. Michigan was ranked No. 10 in the first Amway coaches poll. The Wolverines are No. 11 in the first Associated Press Top 25, released Monday. 

John Beilein, beyond coaching

The Atlantic is doing a series of articles entitled On The Shoulders of Giants and its most recent piece features Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein. Beilein will be entering his 11th season with the Wolverines and 26th at the Division I level in 2017-18. But he’s been coaching at the college level since 1978. This is a good look into Beilein and his focus not just as a coach but as a person

From QB to TE, Zach Gentry trusts position switch

Zach Gentry came to Ann Arbor as a quarterback. He’s now a tight end, and has a chance to be a special one in the mind of coach Jim Harbaugh. That’s enough for Gentry to trust the position switch. Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detroit News has the story on the redshirt sophomore.

Jay Harbaugh has plenty of confidence

Jay Harbaugh is in his first season coaching the Michigan running backs. It’s the first time he’s ever coached the position, but he’s confident in his own and his players’ abilities

Jourdan Lewis sidelined for Cowboys

Former Wolverines cornerback Jourdan Lewis has been slowed by a hamstring injury in his first training camp with the Dallas Cowboys. 

What analysts think about Jim Harbaugh

The Wolverines have won 20 games in the first two seasons in Harbaugh’s tenure but two third-place finishes in the Big Ten East and losing three of four games to rivals Ohio State and Michigan State means there is plenty more to do. What do a group of analysts who spoke with Land of 10 think of the job Harbaugh has done so far, and what do they expect of him in the future? 

Big bucks

James Franklin recently received a contract extension and pay raise at Penn State. MLive.com has a look at how it stacks up to Harbaugh’s deal as well as other Big Ten head coaches.

Wolverines, Gators in art

ESPN and Marvel Comics have teamed up to create cover art for several big games coming up in Week 1. Here’s the entry for Michigan-Florida.

Wheels up

The women’s basketball team left for its trip to Italy and Greece on Monday. They seemed pleased, although I’m not too sure about the passenger on the left side of the photo.

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