Revamped NCAA waiver policy helps transfers play right away
Last year, a high-profile overhaul of NCAA transfer rules stopped short of creating free agency in college sports.
A much quieter change, however, helped quarterback Shea Patterson play for Michigan and will determine whether Justin Fields is eligible this fall at Ohio State. The modification to the waiver process can be seen as something of a compromise that has cleared the way for more athletes to switch schools and play right away.
Michigan CB David Long and TE Zach Gentry entering NFL draft
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — 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 .
Michigan adjusts to decisions by 4 to skip Peach Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan probably will need more than one running back to replace Karan Higdon in Saturday's Peach Bowl against Florida.
The leadership void left by Higdon's exit may be even more difficult to fill.
"Karan was our guy, our offensive leader, and we all kind of followed him," quarterback Shea Patterson said Thursday of Higdon, the team's leading rusher and offensive captain.
Michigan’s Bushell-Beatty to miss Peach Bowl against Florida
ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty has become the Wolverines' fourth draft-eligible player to pull out of Saturday's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against No. 10 Florida.
Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed to The Associated Press that Bushell-Beatty, a fifth-year senior, elected to miss the game.
No. 8 Michigan QB Shea Patterson returning for senior season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — 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.
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Michigan DE Rashan Gary entering draft, skipping senior year
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rashan Gary is entering the NFL draft and skipping his senior season at Michigan.
The standout defensive end made the announcement Monday on YouTube.
"I would like to thank my higher power, my family, the University of Michigan and the students and the fans," Gary said. "But I will be foregoing my senior season to make a dream come true to declare for the draft. Thank you and go blue."
Michigan has difference-making QB for change against Ohio St
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shea Patterson's parents took him out for a sushi dinner and to see the movie "Overlord," hoping to get Michigan's quarterback away from his relentless preparation for the biggest game of his life.
"We didn't talk about football," Sean Patterson said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "It was just nice to see him sitting with his mom and eating popcorn. We wanted to give him a break from studying film."
Peoples-Jones has Michigan wide receivers back on track
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — One season after Michigan's wide receivers could not get in the end zone, coach Jim Harbaugh had just one complaint about the Wolverines' pass catchers on Saturday.
The guy with the black-rimmed glasses and khakis couldn't haul them in.
"I dropped two in the pregame," Harbaugh said Monday. "Which I pride myself in, catching them all. There was two drops by me and none by the receivers, which was outstanding. They continue to be really good about that."
Patterson throws 3 TDs, No. 4 Michigan beats Rutgers 42-7
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — 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.
No. 8 Buckeyes face another test from No. 24 Michigan State
If all goes according to form, Ohio State would face Michigan on the last Saturday of the month, with a division title in the balance.
Before that, though, the Buckeyes have other challenges.
No. 5 Michigan routs Penn State 42-7, wins 8th game in row
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 5 Michigan wanted to do more than just beat No. 14 Penn State.
The Wolverines wanted to win big, getting revenge after getting routed and humiliated against the Nittany Lions last year.
Michigan got what it wanted.
Shea Patterson accounted for three touchdowns and the Wolverines put together a dominant performance on defense in a 42-7 rout against Penn State on Saturday.
Patterson-led No. 6 Michigan tops No. 24 Michigan State 21-7
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan had plenty of reasons to be motivated to beat Michigan State, barely defeating its in-state rival over the last decade and losing to every ranked team on the road for a dozen years.
The Wolverines, though, were even more fired up to win after a pregame spat with the Spartans.
Mobile Shea Patterson learning on the run for No. 6 Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shea Patterson is learning on the run at Michigan.
No. 6 Michigan up against history at No. 24 Michigan State
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 6 Michigan is in great shape if the past truly does not matter when it plays No. 24 Michigan State this weekend.
Patterson-led No. 12 Michigan routs No. 15 Wisconsin 38-13
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — 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.
No. 15 Michigan starts slow, rebounds to beat Maryland 42-21
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — 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.
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No. 15 Michigan aims for tuneup versus Maryland before tests
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's offensive line has been much maligned in recent years, getting the brunt of criticism for an offense without a consistent running or passing game.
"The narrative has been going on ever since I've been here that the Michigan offensive line hasn't been up to the standards that people outside this building would like," senior offensive tackle Jon Runyan said. "We take that personally."
No. 14 Michigan rallies to beat Northwestern 20-17
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — 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.
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The Big Ten has been home to some of the nation's most accurate passers so far in 2018 — a small group that's been full of surprises.
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No. 19 Michigan tops Nebraska 56-10, led 39-0 at halftime
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan was very motivated to beat Nebraska, using Scott Frost's words against him.
Karan Higdon ran for 136 yards and a touchdown in the first half to help the 19th-ranked Wolverines build a huge lead and they coasted to a 56-10 victory Saturday.
No. 19 Michigan opens Big Ten slate against winless Nebraska
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — It didn't take long for Shea Patterson to get in a groove at Michigan.
"I've never been as comfortable," he said.
The 19th-ranked Wolverines (2-1) averaged 47 points in lopsided wins the last two weeks in large part because their quarterback has been very accurate and effective.
Michigan is determined to take a small step toward ending its 14-year Big Ten title drought by beating winless Nebraska (0-2) on Saturday at home in the conference opener for both teams.
No. 19 Michigan opens Big Ten season versus winless Nebraska
Nebraska (0-2, 0-0 Big Ten) at No. 19 Michigan (2-1, 0-0), noon ET (FS1).
Line: Michigan by 19.
Series record: Tied 4-4-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Wolverines are seeking their first Big Ten title since 2004. They can't afford a setback in the conference opener in Jim Harbaugh's fourth season. The Cornhuskers and first-year coach Scott Frost are hoping to avoid Nebraska's first 0-3 start since 1945.
Shea Patterson throws 3 TDs, No. 19 Michigan beats SMU 45-20
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh likes a lot about his team and yet he also sees room for improvement, heading into the Big Ten season.
Shea Patterson threw three touchdown passes to Donovan Peoples-Jones to help No. 19 Michigan pull away and beat SMU 45-20 on Saturday.
"We're getting closer to being good — really good," Harbaugh said. "We're still not quite there yet."
Patterson lives dream: No. 21 Michigan tops W Michigan 49-3
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shea Patterson used to hear his father tell him bedtime stories as a kid and the tales always included him playing quarterback at Michigan Stadium.
He just lived the dream.
Patterson threw three touchdown passes, one in each of the first three quarters, in his Big House debut to help No. 21 Michigan bounce back with a 49-3 win over Western Michigan on Saturday.
No. 21 Michigan aims to bounce back against Western Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan desperately needs a confidence-boosting victory.
The 21st-ranked Wolverines hope to get that in their home opener Saturday against Western Michigan in a matchup of teams coming off season-opening losses.
Michigan's highly touted defense began the year by giving up two touchdowns early in the game at No. 12 Notre Dame, and the Shea Patterson-led offense didn't live up to expectations in a 24-17 loss.
No. 21 Michigan aims to bounce back against Western Michigan
Western Michigan (0-1) at No. 21 Michigan (0-1), noon ET (FS1).
Line: Michigan by 28.
Series record: Michigan leads 7-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Wolverines need a confidence-boosting win after opening with a 24-17 loss at Notre Dame. On both sides of the ball, improvements are needed after they struggled at times on offense and defense against the Fighting Irish. The Broncos' only win over a ranked team was against No. 24 Toledo three years ago. A stunning win over Michigan would top that.
Big Ten Network suspends analyst Braylon Edwards for tweets
The Big Ten Network has indefinitely suspended college football analyst Braylon Edwards for violating its social media policy after the former Michigan receiver tweeted harsh criticism of the Wolverines and Jim Harbaugh's coaching.
Notre Dame’s Kelly likes what he sees in Lea, defense
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — If 36-year-old Clark Lea had butterflies calling signals during his first game ever as a defensive coordinator, it wasn't apparent to his boss, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly.
"You don't know if a bomb has gone off in the coach's box because he has such a calm demeanor at all times," Kelly said Sunday, a day after No. 12 Notre Dame's 24-17 victory over No. 14 Michigan. "As you know, he very stable in all situations. It makes it very easy to work with Clark in communication."
No. 12 Notre Dame will face stern test in No. 14 Michigan D
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — With all due respect to new Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, the Wolverines may have the advantage without the ball in the season-opening showdown at No. 12 Notre Dame.
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Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week:
Michigan WR Tarik Black out indefinitely with foot injury
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black is out indefinitely with an injured right foot.
Football program spokesman Dave Ablauf says Black was hurt during practice Saturday and is still being evaluated. A timeframe for his return has not been determined.
The 14th-ranked Wolverines open the season Saturday night at No. 12 Notre Dame.
Black had 11 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown in three games last season before needing surgery on his left foot.
Harbaugh, Michigan counting on ex-Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh was hailed as a savior when he came back to Michigan, a former star quarterback tasked with returning college football's winningest program to glory.
Harbaugh hasn't been able to do it yet and, perhaps coincidentally, quarterback has not been a position of strength for the Wolverines his first three years.
Patterson says Michigan will have little bit of everything
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's offense is expected to be different with Shea Patterson at quarterback, taking advantage of his mobility and ability to throw on the move.
Patterson, though, was not interested in sharing too much about how the 14th-ranked Wolverines will look when they have the ball Sept. 1 at No. 12 Notre Dame.
Harbaugh: Patterson will start at QB for Michigan vs Irish
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 14 Michigan will start quarterback Shea Patterson in the season opener at No. 12 Notre Dame.
Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Monday. He had earlier said Patterson was simply one of four quarterbacks competing to take the first snap, along with Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton.
Harbaugh may have his best team at Michigan so far
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh is in his fourth year at Michigan, where he has had time to assemble perhaps his best team.
Coach Jim Harbaugh couldn't pass up a chance to deliver a coy response when asked about the quarterback situation at Michigan.
Going by numbers alone, there may not be much of a contest. Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson could be the new starter behind center this season.
Out of the SEC and into the Big House — the pressure won't let up.
The Big Ten features maybe the most interesting division in college football and one of the biggest divisional favorites
The NCAA ruled five former Mississippi players will be allowed to play this season after transferring, granting waivers under a recently revised rule that was used to make quarterback Shea Patterson immediate eligibility at Michigan.
UCF receiver Tre Nixon, Houston safety Deontay Anderson, Georgia Tech offensive lineman Jack DeFoor, UAB linebacker Jarrion Street and Nebraska linebacker Breon Dixon will all be eligible to play this season instead of sitting out to satisfy NCAA requirements.
Quarterback Shea Patterson is eligible to play for Michigan this year after the NCAA granted the Mississippi transfer's request to waive the usually required redshirt season at his new school.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shea Patterson has impressed Michigan coaches and teammates over the last month, making plays with both his arm and feet.
When the former Mississippi quarterback goes under center for the Wolverines on Tuesday as they wrap up spring practice, his status with his new school will still be in limbo .
Go through the gallery to see the projected Michigan football starters for the 2018 season.
After a disappointing 8-5 record in 2017, including a sub-par effort in an Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina, Michigan's football team and coach Jim Harbaugh have much to prove in 2018.
The University of Mississippi will have no further response to Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson's request to the NCAA for immediate eligibility, according to his lawyer, Thomas Mars.
As Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, a transfer from under-probation Ole Miss, still awaits word from the NCAA whether he will be able to play this fall, there is growing outside noise supporting his immediate eligibility.
Ann Arbor — Gradually, perhaps clarity is forming. Behind the brick walls of Schembechler Hall, new people are embracing new roles. Players talk of freshness and fun, reflected in renewed enthusiasm from the top.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh assures that quarterback Shea Patterson, a transfer from Ole Miss who is awaiting a decision from the NCAA regarding his petition for immediate eligibility, has been engaged in practices and the quarterback competition.
Thomas Mars, the attorney representing Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, who is petitioning the NCAA for immediate eligibility after transferring from Ole Miss, offered a firm response Tuesday to comments from Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork.
Ole Miss has filed an objection to Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson's request for immediate eligibility, according to his lawyer, who offered a stinging response.
Michigan TE Wheatley to miss spring with foot injury
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan tight end Ty Wheatley is expected to miss the rest of spring football with a foot injury.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday that Wheatley appeared to have a fracture in his foot, but is expected back in the fall for the 2018 season. Wheatley had three catches for 26 yards last year.