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).
My post-spring Top 25:
2) Ohio State
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 2, 2017
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.
Top 6 APRs (Academic Progress Rates) in FBS football:
— NCAA Research (@NCAAResearch) May 3, 2017
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.
Michigan leads Big Ten with 11 NCAA Public Recognition Awards!
— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) May 3, 2017
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.
— Michigan Softball (@umichsoftball) May 4, 2017
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.
— Land of 10 Michigan (@Landof10MICH) May 3, 2017
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.
- Michigan’s women’s tennis team learned Tuesday that it will be a host for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. On Wednesday, three team members earned spots in the singles and doubles tournament.
- San Francisco selected former Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard in the third round of the NFL draft. That surprised a lot of people, but not Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
- Former Nebraska forward Ed Morrow Jr. reportedly has found a new school.