With spring practice coming, the Michigan Wolverines football team has a lot of questions

The Michigan Wolverine football team had a 2020 season to forget. The Wolverines finished 2-4 with one the worst defenses in the schools history allowing 34.5 points and 434.3 yards per game. On offense it was not much better for the Maize and Blue. As spring football practice is going to be getting under way soon, the Wolverines have much work to do.

Last seasons opening week starter Joe Milton announced he was going to  transfer from Michigan. This has been an issue during head coach Jim Harbaugh’s time at Michigan. They need a consistent quarterback who will be there more than one or two seasons. Sophomore Cade McNamara, freshman Dan Villari look to be in a battle for the starter job.

MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 21: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Mike Macdonald who takes over as defensive coordinator, Macdonald comes over from the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. He will be tasked to improving a unit that was very bad. Last season. The Wolverines need much better play from the back end of the defense. The secondary.

Given his time coaching linebackers  with the Ravens, it seems likely that Macdonald will begin to move the Wolverines closer to  a 3-4 scheme that he is accustom to. Given the fact Michigan may not have the exact players to run the 3-4 it could be that year one under Macdonald will be a mix of what works best to improve the defense.

In my opinion, the unit that needs the most attention is the Wolverines secondary. Michigan’s secondary allowed more than 250 passing yards per game which ranked 90th in the country. This is a unit with talent. It is possible that the talent did not match last season scheme. The Michigan secondary should improve this coming season.

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 26: Hassan Haskins #25 of the Michigan Wolverines heads up field on a first half run past Khalid Kareem #53 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Offensively, the Michigan Wolverines need more playmakers. Running back Hassan Haskins is solid as are wide  receivers Cornelius Johnson and Ronnie Bell but while they along with tight end Erik All are solid, none of those players are gamebreakers.

Until Michigan begins to bring in players that move the needle, they will not sniff the Big Ten title game or better.

It all starts soon with spring practice about to ramp up.

2 Replies to “With spring practice coming, the Michigan Wolverines football team has a lot of questions”

  1. Very efficiently written post. Brian, why are you not working for the Detroit News or Free Press? I much prefer your stuff to many of the writers there.

  2. Thanks for another great post. Where else could anybody get this type of information on the Wolverines in such a perfect way of writing?

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