The 2018 Michigan spring game is almost here. Find the date, time, TV channel information and preview below.
The Wolverines return seven starters on offense and nine starters on defense, following an 8-5 season in 2017 that ended with a 26-19 loss to South Carolina on Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl. Michigan’s most notable returnees include defensive end Chase Winovich, who chose to forgo the NFL Draft and return for his final season, and linebacker Devin Bush Jr., a finalist in 2017 for the Dick Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.
As Michigan prepares for the spring game, it also awaits word on the eligibility of quarterback Shea Patterson. Patterson transferred from Mississippi, and has petitioned the NCAA for immediate eligibility for 2018. He is on scholarship, enrolled in classes this semester and is practicing with the Wolverines this spring.
Michigan spring game 2018: Date, time
Michigan will hold its spring game at 7 p.m. ET April 14 at Michigan Stadium.
- Time: 7 p.m. ET kickoff
- Date: Saturday, April 14
- Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Weather: Mostly cloudy, rain possible, high of 62 degrees
What TV channel is showing the Michigan 2018 spring game?
The Big Ten Network will televise Michigan’s spring game live from Michigan Stadium.
Michigan spring game 2018: TV channel
How can I listen to the Michigan 2018 spring game on the radio?
WXYT-FM (97.1 FM in Detroit), will broadcast the spring game in its entirety, starting at 6:45 p.m.
How can I get tickets to the Michigan 2018 spring game?
Michigan’s spring game is free and open to the public.
Michigan spring game 2018: Preview
Quarterbacks: All of the attention is on Patterson this spring, as Michigan and its fans await word on his eligibility for the 2018 season. Many are wont to give the starting job immediately to Patterson, who comes joins the team after two seasons at Mississippi, where he averaged 313.9 yards passing in 10 games. But Michigan is also stockpiling quarterbacks, with returnees Brandon Peters and Dylan McCaffrey, as well as early enrollee Joe Milton. All four are participating in spring practices.
Offensive line: The offensive line was the weakest link in 2017, and the unit is aware of that. Harbaugh said at the start of spring practices that the interior line appears to be set, as Cesar Ruiz will play at center, and Bredeson and Mike Onwenu will play at guard. The two tackle spots remain a question mark as Michigan approaches its spring game. Fourth-year coach Jim Harbaugh has shown confidence in Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Jon Runyan, and freshmen James Hudson and Chuck Filiaga as candidates to fill in at the positions. They succeed left tackle Mason Cole, who graduates, and the absence of Grant Newsome, who has yet to be medically cleared to practice this spring.
Defensive backs: Four starters return in the secondary. Yet as 2017 went on, the play of the safeties became an issue. Tyree Kinnel and Josh Metellus plugged the holes left by Delano Hill and Dymonte Thomas, who graduated after 2017, but they struggled in man coverage. They’ll also have some competition, as Harbaugh has touted the play of freshmen safeties Jaylen Kelly-Powell and J’Marick Woods in spring practices. Casey Hughes, a graduate transfer from Utah, will join the Wolverines for fall practices as he completes his degree in Salt Lake City. He can play at either cornerback or at safety.
Defensive line depth: There should be little question about the quality of the defensive line. The Wolverines return defensive ends Winovich and Rashan Gary. They have to solidify the defensive tackle position, especially with the graduation of Maurice Hurst. Every year, the challenge for position coach Greg Mattison is to continue to build and cultivate depth. His latest charges: freshmen defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon and defensive end Kwity Paye, sophomore defensive end Carlo Kemp and junior defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour. Mattison has praised Dwumfour for his growth and his quickness.
New assistant coaches: Every coaching staff goes through annual turnover, and that’s no different for the Wolverines. Jim McElwain will coach wide receivers, a group that’s expected to make major strides next season. Sherrone Moore will coach the tight ends, Al Washington will coach the linebackers and Ed Warinner will coach the offensive line. Chris Partridge will take over the safeties. Rather than having coaches multitask and oversee different positions, there’s a more defined division of labor within the coaching staff. Now, the test is to see if and how this makes a positive impact on each position group.