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Michigan is ranked No. 16 in the post-spring practice national rankings by FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel.

Michigan gets high marks in preseason poll and higher marks in the classroom, a big night for softball and more

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Wednesday, May 4, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…

Yes, yes, national rankings for football teams in May are silly. They hold no weight on the season that is still more than three months away from starting, other than to stir expectations good and bad.

Boy, they do stir them.

Stewart Mandel of FOX Sports released his post-spring practice Top 25 this week, and he has Michigan ranked No. 16. That makes the Wolverines the fourth Big Ten team after Ohio State (No. 2), Penn State (No. 4) and Wisconsin (No. 13).

For all the question marks Michigan has entering the season in regards to inexperience and the need to replace 17 starters, No. 16 isn’t a bad spot. Oh, and season-opening opponent Florida is ranked right behind the Wolverines at No. 17.

Michigan earned a much higher ranking off the field when the NCAA on Wednesday announced its top six schools in terms of the Academic Progress Rate.

The Wolverines were one of three Big Ten schools in the top six, and one of six Big Ten members among the top 15 schools in the APR rankings.

Eleven Michigan varsity sports earned APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA to lead the Big Ten. That is the most in school history.

Big night on the diamond

The softball team held its eighth annual Softball Academy Wednesday, an event that benefits Making Strides against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society. It was a good night.

Next Generation

Our series profiling the incoming 2017 freshman class continues with wide receiver Brad Hawkins from Suffield Academy in Connecticut. Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi has Hawkins’ story of leaving Camden, N.J., for the Connecticut prep school and how he and Michigan have stayed connected throughout a prolonged recruiting process.

We’ll have profiles on running back Kurt Taylor Jr. and offensive lineman Chuck Filiaga in the coming weeks, and on Friday I’ll be in Iowa City visiting wide receiver Oliver Martin.

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