01/03/19 - (TE) - *Zach Gentry, rJr, 6-7, 262 Michigan cornerback David Long and tight end Zach Gentry are entering the NFL draft, skipping their final seasons of college eligibility. Long and Gentry made their announcements Wednesday on social media. The 6-foot-8 Gentry was a third-team, All-Big Ten player. The converted quarterback had 32 receptions for 514 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. Gentry had another season of college eligibility because he redshirted as a freshman. - AP College Football
01/02/19 - (CB) - *David Long, Jr, 5-11, 198 Michigan cornerback David Long is entering the NFL draft and skipping his senior season. Long made the announcement Wednesday on social media. The eighth-ranked Wolverines were without defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush in their 41-15 loss to No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl after both juniors declared themselves eligible for the draft. Long chose to play in the bowl while weighing his options to stay or go pro. Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, offensive guard Ben Bredeson, cornerback Lavert Hill and safety Josh Metellus have all said they're coming back for their senior seasons. Long was voted All-Big Ten in 2018 by coaches. He had one interception, broke up eight passes and made 17 tackles as a junior. - AP College Football
12/26/18 - (OG) - Juwan Bushell-Beatty, rSr, 6-5, 326 T Juwann Bushell-Beatty became the fourth Michigan starter who has decided to skip the Wolverines' game against Florida in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Saturday, a school official confirmed.
Bushell-Beatty, a fifth-year senior, didn't even make the trip with his teammates to Atlanta for the bowl game after missing the regular-season finale against Ohio State after being limited the week before because of injury. He was on the sidelines for that game. Bushell-Beatty, a New Jersey native who was a four-star member of the Wolverines' 2014 recruiting class, started 19 games during his Michigan career, including 11 this season and seven last year. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection this season on teams selected by conference coaches and the media.
12/21/18 - (QB) - Shea Patterson, Jr, 6-2, 205 QB Shea Patterson, who will lead the Wolverines against Florida in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 29, announced on Twitter on Friday that he will return for another season in Ann Arbor.
It was thought that Patterson, who transferred to Michigan from Mississippi this season because of NCAA violations in Oxford, might enter the NFL Draft. "Can't wait to play with the seniors one last time in the Peach Bowl," Patterson said in his Twitter statement. "I also want to welcome and congratulate the new signing class -- come in ready to work because we are coming for everything next season." Patterson closed his statement with "#Thosewhostay," referencing the "Those who stay will be champions" slogan made famous by former Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler. Patterson won the starting job in fall practice and provided some much-needed stability at the position for head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.
12/21/18 - (QB) - Shea Patterson, Jr, 6-2, 205 No. 8 Michigan will be short-handed against No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl. Just not at quarterback. Shea Patterson is returning for his senior season at Michigan instead of entering the NFL draft. "There is absolutely nothing like playing in the Big House in front of the greatest fans in the country," Patterson posted Friday on Twitter . "I wouldn't trade those Saturdays competing with my brothers for anything. Can't wait to play with the seniors one last time in the Peach Bowl! I also want to welcome and congratulate the new signing class -- come in ready to work because we are coming for everything next season."
The junior was voted Michigan's offensive player of the year after transferring from Ole Miss and successfully appealing to the NCAA to play this season. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,364 yards with 21 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Directing a read-option offense at times, he ran for 268 yards and two scores as Michigan made a strong push for a playoff berth before losing at Ohio State. Patterson won't have the team's leading rusher against the Gators on Dec. 29 in the Peach Bowl, and the defense will be without at least two of its top players. - AP College Football
12/21/18 - (RB) - Karan Higdon, Sr, 5-09, 203 Michigan running back Karan Higdon says he'll skip the Peach Bowl. Higdon, a senior who has rushed for 1,178 yards this season, said on Instagram on Thursday that it is in his best interests to miss the game to prepare to pursue an NFL career. The eighth-ranked Wolverines face 10th-ranked Florida in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 29. Michigan will also be without defensive end Rashan Gary in that game. He's skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft. Linebacker Devin Bush announced Wednesday he will also leave early for the NFL, and he said he hasn't been cleared to play in the Peach Bowl after injuring his hip. - AP College Football
12/19/18 - (ILB) - *Devin Bush, Jr, 5-11, 233 Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is skipping his senior season and entering the NFL draft. Bush announced his decision on Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, the opening day of the early signing period. The junior earned Associated Press All-America second team and Big Ten defensive player of the year honors this year. He also finished third in voting for the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker. Bush led the Wolverines with 79 tackles and ranked second on the team with nine tackles for losses and five sacks before his season ended with a hip injury against Ohio State. Bush says he hasn't been cleared to practice or play for No. 8 Michigan against No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl, adding the injury pushed him to think hard about his future. - AP College Football
12/17/18 - (RB) - OMaury Samuels, So, 5-10, 205 Michigan dismissed running back O'Maury Samuels from its football program on the same day he was arraigned on two charges, including one for domestic violence. The school did not say why the move was made Wednesday, when Samuels was charged with domestic violence and malicious destruction of personal property. The date of the alleged offenses was Dec. 8 and Samuels is scheduled for a hearing on Dec. 27 in Ann Arbor District Court.The sophomore finished the season with 13 rushing attempts for 66 yards. He did not run the ball for the eighth-ranked Wolverines after Oct. 13, when he had one carry for 3 yards in a win over Wisconsin. - AP College Football
12/05/18 - (OG) - Ben Bredeson, Jr, 6-4, 320 Michigan offensive guard Ben Bredeson says he plans to return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft. The second-team, All-Big Ten player told reporters Monday he is doing his due diligence about his future, including having a meeting with coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan safety Josh Metellus says he has not decided to stay in school or go pro, adding he has to make the decision with his family after getting feedback from the NFL. Defensive end Rashan Gary announced last week he was declaring for the NFL draft. Harbaugh says Gary will not play for the eight-ranked Wolverines against No. 10 Florida on Dec. 29 in the Peach Bowl. - AP College Football
11/27/18 - (DE) - *Rashan Gary, Jr, 6-4, 283 Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary announced Monday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Gary is listed as No. 9 on NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang's most recent mock and No. 6 on his Big Board. Gary would still have one more year of eligibility after this season. The 6-foot-5, 287-pound New Jersey native made his decision known in a YouTube video posted on his Twitter page Monday, two days removed from the Wolverines' 62-39 loss to rival Ohio State. "I would like to thank my higher power, my family, the University of Michigan, the students and the fans," Gary said in the video. "I will be foregoing my senior season to make a dream come true to declare for the draft. Thank you. Go Blue."
Gary has 44 tackles this season, including seven for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He was hampered by a shoulder injury he sustained shortly before the team's game against Notre Dame on Sept. 1. In his three-year Michigan career, Gary has 136 tackles, including 23.5 for loss, 10 sacks and one forced fumble. Gary was a first-team All-Big Ten player after the 2017 season and the recipient of Michigan's Richard Katcher Award, presented annually to the team's top defensive lineman/linebacker. It is not immediately known if Gary will participate in Michigan's upcoming bowl game. The Wolverines will learn which bowl they will play in on Sunday. - The Sports Xchange
11/24/18 - (ILB) - *Devin Bush, Jr, 5-11, 233 LB Devin Bush, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft, left Saturday's loss to Ohio State with a leg injury. Bush was helped off the field during the third quarter and could not put any weight on his left leg. The 5-11, 232-pound Pembroke Pines, Fla., is projected to be the No. 31 pick in the 2019 draft by Rob Rang, senior analyst at NFLDraftScout.com.
11/20/18 - (DE) - Chase Winovich, rSr, 6-3, 255 Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh declined to say Monday if he expects star defensive end Chase Winovich to play at No. 10 Ohio State on Saturday. Winovich appeared to hurt his left shoulder Saturday against Indiana. He left the game in the third quarter and did not return. Harbaugh said Winovich will be evaluated every day, but gave no indication whether he will be on the field for the fourth-ranked Wolverines. Winovich posted on his Instagram account Sunday night, saying "To those who celebrated what they thought would be my demise, I'll be back." Winovich was named an AP midseason All-American and is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, which recognizes the nation's top defensive player. - AP College Football
11/18/18 - (RB) - Karan Higdon, Sr, 5-09, 203 The Michigan Wolverines looked like they were peeking ahead to playing Ohio State, turning an expected rout into a closely contested game. Karan Higdon ran for a go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter and Jake Moody set a school record with six field goals, helping No. 4 Michigan beat Indiana 31-20 Saturday. "When you're in playoff mode - that's our mindset right - playoff wins are big," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Wins against Big Ten teams in late November are huge." The next one would be bigger if Michigan can pull it off. The Wolverines (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) close the regular season against the ninth-ranked Buckeyes, needing a win to reach the Big Ten championship game for the first time. If Michigan can win a road game in the series for the first time since 2000, it will be another victory away from likely earning a spot in the College Football Playoff. - AP College Football
11/11/18 - (QB) - Shea Patterson, Jr, 6-2, 205 Shea Patterson has stamped Michigan a national title contender. Patterson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, Karan Higdon ran for a pair of 1-yard scores and the fourth-ranked Wolverines routed Rutgers 42-7 on Saturday for their ninth straight win. Patterson threw darts in swirling winds in front of thousands of fans bundled in Michigan colors. Up ahead, another week with national title hopes in the Big House. "The one thing I think we do a really good job of is not getting distracted by where we are now," Patterson said, "and don't let that distract us from where we want to be." The Wolverines (9-1, 7-0, No. 4 CFP) remain in first place in the Big Ten's East Division. They have a final tuneup against Indiana next weekend before closing the regular season at No. 8 Ohio State. Michigan hasn't lost since the season opener against No. 3 Notre Dame and would have to beat the Buckeyes for just the second time in 15 years to keep any hope at a national title alive. Patterson kept his focus and Michigan reaped the rewards. - AP College Football
11/06/18 - (ILB) - *Devin Bush, Jr, 5-11, 233 Michigan moved into the fourth spot of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Georgia was next at five, followed by Oklahoma. The playoff picture cleared up after a weekend where several contenders asserted themselves. The top-four teams in the final rankings Dec. 2 will play in the national semifinals. The Crimson Tide easily dispatched LSU from the top four, beating the Tigers 29-0. LSU, though, only dropped to No. 7 after its second loss, ahead of Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State - all with only one loss. Selection committee chairman Rob Mullens noted LSU's three victories against teams the committee has ranked this week (Mississippi State, Auburn and Georgia). "Their defense is extremely strong," said Mullens, the Oregon athletic director. "Their two losses come against No. 1 Alabama, on the road to Florida." Unbeaten Notre Dame moved up one spot to No. 3, and Michigan jumped a spot after a 42-7 victory against Penn State. - AP College Football
11/05/18 - (DE) - *Rashan Gary, Jr, 6-4, 283 DE Rashan Gary returned to action last week after missing three games with a shoulder injury. The junior had two tackles and a quarterback hurry, that coming on the first play from scrimmage.
11/05/18 - (QB) - Dylan McCaffrey, rFr, 6-4, 217 QB Dylan McCaffrey, a sophomore who has served as Shea Patterson's back most of the season, broke his collarbone against Penn State and is likely out for the year. That means either redshirt freshman Brandon Peters or true freshman Joe Milton will move up to No. 2 on the depth chart. Milton has appeared in one game and is still eligible to redshirt if he plays in four or fewer games this season.
11/03/18 - (QB) - Shea Patterson, Jr, 6-2, 205 Shea Patterson accounted for three touchdowns and No. 5 Michigan put together a dominant performance on defense in a 42-7 win over No. 14 Penn State on Saturday. The Wolverines (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten, No. 5 CFP) moved a step closer toward their goals of winning a conference championship for the first time since 2004 and earning their first spot in the College Football Playoff. The Nittany Lions (6-3, 3-3, No. 14 CFP) scored with 1:59 left, avoiding getting shut out for the first time since 2001 against Michigan. Karan Higdon ran for 132 yards and a score that put the Wolverines up 35-0 early in the fourth quarter. Michigan's defense held Penn State to 186 yards and forced three turnovers, including Tommy Stevens' interception that was returned 62 yards by Brandon Watson for its second score in the final minute of the third quarter. - AP College Football
10/29/18 - (DE) - Chase Winovich, rSr, 6-3, 255 Chase Winovich chose to stay in college to pursue championships and improve his standing for the NFL draft. No. 5 Michigan seems to have a clear path to a Big Ten title and perhaps the College Football Playoff. And the defensive end appears to be improving his stock among pro scouts. The fifth-year senior also is having a lot of fun along the way, trying to live his life like UFC superstar Conor McGregor, whom he has befriended. "Conor and I have somewhat of a relationship now," Winovich said Monday. "I met him in New York City. I've FaceTimed him twice. He follows me on Twitter. It's a pretty cool deal. He's a big brother of mine."
Like McGregor, Winovich has a way with words and an ability to make headlines and stir things up on social media. He's doing it again leading into Saturday's game at home against No. 14 Penn State. The Nittany Lions are one of four Big Ten teams that beat the Wolverines in 2017, making their game a stop on what Winovich has called a "revenge tour" this season. "We knew we had revenge to give out on the people who were kind of bullying us, I'd say, just beating up on us last year," Winovich said. "They kind of took advantage. We were kind of in an in-between year and something about that gave me a bad taste in my mouth. "I knew me, personally, I wanted our lunch money back and I wanted them to pay interest." When asked about collecting interest, Winovich wouldn't elaborate. "That's a baited question," he said with a grin. "I can't give that to Penn State."
10/20/18 - (QB) - Shea Patterson, Jr, 6-2, 205 Shea Patterson threw two touchdown passes and No. 6 Michigan earned a desperately needed 21-7 win over No. 24 Michigan State on Saturday, snapping a streak of 17 consecutive losses to ranked teams on the road. The Wolverines (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) had lost eight of 10 against their in-state rivals and those setbacks have led to them not winning a Big Ten title since 2004. The Spartans (4-3, 2-2) struggled to move the ball, getting held to 94 yards and failing to convert any of its 12 third downs. Patterson's 79-yard pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones put Michigan ahead late in the third quarter. He converted a fourth-and-2 from the Michigan State 41 early in the fourth, setting up Ben Mason's 5-yard run that gave the Wolverines a 21-7 lead. The Ole Miss transfer was 14 of 25 for 212 yards and made a successful debut in a series that has been tilted Michigan State's way in part because of poor quarterback play. His 6-yard pass to Nico Collins broke a scoreless tie early in the second quarter and was Michigan's first touchdown throw against the Spartans since 2011. - AP College Football
10/14/18 - (QB) - Shea Patterson, Jr, 6-2, 205 Shea Patterson had his best day running the ball and was pretty good at throwing it, too. Patterson accounted for 214 yards of offense and a touchdown, leading No. 12 Michigan to a 38-13 victory over No. 15 Wisconsin on Saturday night. The Wolverines called some plays designed for Patterson and that created problems for the Badgers. And sometimes, Patterson simply ran on his own after scrambling around. "It opens up a lot for your offense," coach Jim Harbaugh said. The Wolverines (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) beat a ranked conference team for the first time since topping the Badgers two years ago. They have won six straight games since opening this season with a seven-point loss to then-No. 12 Notre Dame. With games coming up against rival Michigan State on the road and No. 8 at Penn State, no one in the maize and blue was in a mood to celebrate the big win over the Badgers. "It's just a start," said Michigan's Karan Higdon, who ran for 105 yards and a score that broke a scoreless tie early in the second quarter. "We're not done yet." - AP College Football
10/09/18 - (RB) - Karan Higdon, Sr, 5-09, 203 RB Karan Higdon has run for 100 or more yards in four consecutive games. The last Michigan player to do that was QB Denard Robinson, who had at least 100 rushing yards in the Wolverines' first five games in 2009.
10/06/18 - (QB) - Shea Patterson, Jr, 6-2, 205 Shea Patterson took a shotgun snap and spun to his left, leaving a blitzing linebacker grabbing for air to extend a play that ended with the second of his three touchdown passes. Patterson had a season-high 282 yards passing thanks in part to ability to throw on the run to help No. 15 Michigan brush off a sloppy start and beat Maryland 42-21 on Saturday. "When he has to escape, he's got a real knack," coach Jim Harbaugh said. After a weather delay of a little more than an hour, the Wolverines (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) fell behind late in the first quarter and didn't take the lead again until midway through the second quarter. They scored 24 straight points to take control and added another TD and 2-point conversion with 6:37 remaining to seal their fifth straight victory. The Terrapins (3-2, 1-1) went ahead on Ty Johnson's 98-yard kickoff return with 1:10 left in the first half, but they didn't score again until early in the fourth quarter. Patterson completed 19 of 27 passes and had one interception, a pass that went off tight end Zach Gentry's hands. - AP College Football
10/01/18 - (DE) - Chase Winovich, rSr, 6-3, 255 OCT 1 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chase Winovich, Michigan, Sr., DL, Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson...Registered 3.0 tackles for loss in a victory over Northwestern, marking his 13th straight game with at least 0.5 tackles for loss...Recorded nine tackles, including a career-high eight solo tackles...Added 1.0 sack for eight yards in the contest...Receives his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first since 2017...Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Khaleke Hudson (Nov. 6, 2017). - Big Ten Football
09/30/18 - (RB) - Karan Higdon, Sr, 5-09, 203 Facing a large early deficit on the road and struggling on both sides of the ball, Michigan appeared headed for a frustrating loss. The players, though, said they never doubted they would rally. Karan Higdon ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, Shea Patterson threw 196 yards and No. 14 Michigan overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Northwestern 20-17 in Saturday night. Higdon gave the Wolverines (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) the lead with a 5-yard run with 4:06 remaining. Higdon averaged 3.8 yards on 30 carries, and Patterson completed 15 of 24 passes to help Michigan win its fourth straight. Michigan held Northwestern to 97 yards of total offense in the final three quarters and had six sacks for the game. Defensive end Chase Winovich had a team-high eight solo tackles and a sack. "The way we saw things, it was always our game," Winovich said. "We just had to do what we had to do." It was Michigan's biggest comeback since 2011 against Notre Dame (also 17 points) and Jim Harbaugh's largest comeback as a college coach. - AP College Football