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01/10/18 - (RB) - Karan Higdon, Jr, 5-09, 190
Michigan running back Karan Higdon plans to keep the NFL draft on hold and return for his senior season. Higdon, who led the Wolverines with a team-high 11 rushing touchdowns, made his intentions known with a text message to the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. "After speaking with my family I have decided that I'm going to return for my senior year," the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Higdon wrote. Higdon, who rushed for 994 yards on 164 carries this past season, enjoyed his finest performance with a 200-yard, two-touchdown effort against Minnesota. Chris Evans was second on the team in rushing with 685 yards for Michigan, which opens its 2018 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 1. - The Sports Xchange


01/03/18 - (DE) - Chase Winovich, rJr, 6-3, 253
Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich is forgoing the NFL and staying with the Wolverines. Winovich announced the decision on social media Wednesday. Winovich was a second-team All-Big Ten pick by the AP this season, along with teammate and fellow defensive lineman Rashan Gary. Those two should give the Wolverines a formidable defensive front in 2018 as Michigan tries to bounce back from an 8-5 season. Winovich had eight sacks this season and has 13 over the past two. - AP College Football


12/19/17 - (QB) - Shea Patterson, So, 6-1, 193
Michigan has confirmed that quarterback Shea Patterson is joining the program as a transfer from Mississippi. Patterson had previously said he'd be joining the Wolverines. His move comes after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh went through three starting quarterbacks this past season. In seven games last season, Patterson passed for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns, with nine interceptions. He is recovering from a right knee injury that cost him the final month, but he should be healthy enough to compete in 2018. Ole Miss was hit with NCAA sanctions recently that included a bowl ban next season. The NCAA said Mississippi's seniors could transfer without sitting out next season. Patterson doesn't qualify for that - he just finished his sophomore season - but could petition the NCAA to be immediately eligible. - AP College Football


12/16/17 - (DT) - Maurice Hurst, rSr, 6-2, 280
2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Maurice Hurst, Michigan,...Hurst, Gary and Winovich were three of Michigan's seven defensive players to record 50 tackles or more, an extraordinary achievement for three defensive linemen. Each set a career high in tackles (Winovich, 74; Gary, 62; Hurst, 59), tackles for loss (TFL) and sacks, and were the collective motor behind a defensive unit that leads the Big Ten in four defensive categories and ranks top-three in six other categories despite replacing 10 of 11 starters currently on NFL teams. Hurst's 13.5 TFL rank sixth in the conference and bring him to 33.5 for his career, which lists 17th all-time at U-M, and that figure includes 5.0 sacks this fall. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (DE) - Rashan Gary, So, 6-4, 281
2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Rashan Gary, Michigan,...Hurst, Gary and Winovich were three of Michigan's seven defensive players to record 50 tackles or more, an extraordinary achievement for three defensive linemen. Each set a career high in tackles (Winovich, 74; Gary, 62; Hurst, 59), tackles for loss (TFL) and sacks, and were the collective motor behind a defensive unit that leads the Big Ten in four defensive categories and ranks top-three in six other categories despite replacing 10 of 11 starters currently on NFL teams. Gary also registered a career high in both categories, with 11.0 TFL and 5.0 sacks. Together, the trio was responsible for so many stops in opposing backfields they were responsible for minus-164 yards of offense for opponents. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (ILB) - Devin Bush, So, 5-11, 232
2017 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Devin Bush, Michigan,...Michigan's tackles leader, Bush is tied for seventh in the conference with 94 stops, including 35 solo tackles. His 9.5 TFL include 5.0 sacks, and his nine pass breakups include the first interception of his career, recorded at Wisconsin. Bush is a Dick Butkus Award finalist, regarded among college football's top linebackers, and the Pembroke Pines, Florida, native was hailed by the Sporting News as a midseason All-American. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (DE) - Chase Winovich, rJr, 6-3, 253
2017 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Chase Winovich, Michigan,...Hurst, Gary and Winovich were three of Michigan's seven defensive players to record 50 tackles or more, an extraordinary achievement for three defensive linemen. Each set a career high in tackles (Winovich, 74; Gary, 62; Hurst, 59), tackles for loss (TFL) and sacks, and were the collective motor behind a defensive unit that leads the Big Ten in four defensive categories and ranks top-three in six other categories despite replacing 10 of 11 starters currently on NFL teams. Winovich's 17.0 TFL leads Michigan and the Big Ten and ranks tied for 11th in a single season in program history, and his 8.0 sacks are tied for tops in the league. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (CB) - Lavert Hill, So, 5-11, 177
2017 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Lavert Hill, Michigan,...In the defensive backfield, sophomore cornerbacks Lavert Hill (second team, coaches; honorable mention, media) and David Long (honorable mention, media) were recognized, as were junior safety Tyree Kinnel (honorable mention, both) and sophomore safety Josh Metellus (honorable mention, both). Combining aggressive pressure with lockdown coverage has helped Michigan produce the nation's top-ranked pass defense, allowing just 142.7 yards per game through the air. Hill (5.0), Kinnel (4.5), Long (2.0) and Metellus (1.5) combined for 13.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while intercepting six passes and returning one for a touchdown, with 29 pass breakups in all. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (C) - Mason Cole, rSr, 6-4, 297
2017 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OT Mason Cole, Michigan,...A native of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and offensive captain for U-M this fall, Cole made his 50th consecutive start against Ohio State (Nov. 25), placing him in a tie with Jon Jansen for most all-time among Michigan offensive linemen. With a start in the bowl game, Cole will tie Craig Roh at 51 consecutive starts, the most for any player in U-M history, regardless of position. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (OG) - Ben Bredeson, So, 6-4, 308
2017 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OG Ben Bredeson, Michigan,...Cole and Bredeson, along with fifth-year senior center Patrick Kugler, an honorable mention selection by the media, have helped block for seven 100-yard rushing performances this season (and 14 in the past two seasons), including two 200-yard rushing efforts and another 192-yard outing. Overall, Cole has seen 21 different 100-yard rushing performances in his career. Overall, Cole and Bredeson spearheaded an offensive attack that registers as No. 3 in the Big Ten (186.3 yards per game), led by two of the top six rushers in the conference: Higdon (6.32 yards per carry) fourth and Evans (5.25) sixth. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (SS) - Khaleke Hudson, So, 5-11, 205
2017 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan,...Hudson secured third-team honors, and ranks second in the Big Ten and on the Wolverine roster with 16.5 TFL among his 72 total stops. Playing the hybrid viper position, Hudson will remain in the U-M record books not just with his tied-for-13th single-season TFL mark, matching LaMarr Woodley's 2006 campaign, but also for his 15-tackle, 8.0-TFL performance against Minnesota (Nov. 4). That tackle for loss figure matched an NCAA record and set a new Michigan standard, and the minus-46 yards he caused against the Golden Gopher offense are also a single-game high at U-M. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (RB) - Karan Higdon, Jr, 5-09, 190
2017 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM (COACHES): RB Karan Higdon, Michigan,...Higdon secured All-Big Ten third-team honors from both the media and coaches, while Evans was honorable mention on the coaches' ballot. This season, Higdon became the first Michigan back to record multiple 200-yard rushing efforts since Mike Hart accomplished the feat three times during the 2004 season. Michigan ran for one or more touchdowns on 11 of 12 opponents this fall and had multiple rushing touchdowns in six games, including five of the last seven contests. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (P) - Brad Robbins, Fr, 6-1, 181
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Brad Robbins,...Robbins averaged 40.9 yards per punt, pinning 18 of his 58 attempts inside the opponents' 20-yard line while forcing 22 fair catches and as many 50-yarders as touchbacks (four). After taking over the job at Purdue (Sept. 23), Robbins held his own during the first four weeks before going on a tear: in his 29 attempts against Rutgers (Oct. 28), Minnesota, Maryland, Wisconsin and Ohio State (Nov. 25), Robbins generated 1,192 total yards (41.1 yards per attempt), forcing 10 fair catches with just three touchbacks and with seven punts returned. Taking away the touchdown return at Wisconsin, Robbins allowed 45 total return yards over those six returned punts, a testament to the U-M coverage team as well. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (K) - Quinn Nordin, So, 6-0, 195
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): K Quinn Nordin,...In his first year of action, Nordin has racked up 79 points (15-of-20 field goals; 34-of-37 PATs), which ranks as the second-highest scoring single-season effort for a kicker in his first year earning a varsity letter (Remy Hamilton; 101 points, 2004). The Lou Groza Award semifinalist became the first Michigan kicker in his first year to hit multiple 50-yarders in a single game (50, 55 vs. Florida) and the 17 points he tallied on five field goals and two extra points against Air Force (Sept. 16) are second most for a single game in program history. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (SS) - Josh Metellus, So, 6-0, 199
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): S Josh Metellus,...In the defensive backfield, sophomore cornerbacks Lavert Hill (second team, coaches; honorable mention, media) and David Long (honorable mention, media) were recognized, as were junior safety Tyree Kinnel (honorable mention, both) and sophomore safety Josh Metellus (honorable mention, both). Combining aggressive pressure with lockdown coverage has helped Michigan produce the nation's top-ranked pass defense, allowing just 142.7 yards per game through the air. Hill (5.0), Kinnel (4.5), Long (2.0) and Metellus (1.5) combined for 13.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while intercepting six passes and returning one for a touchdown, with 29 pass breakups in all. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (OLB) - Mike McCray, rSr, 6-3, 242
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Mike McCray,...U-M's defensive captain, McCray sits at 75 tackles on the season, one shy of his career-high mark from 2016, and his 13.0 TFL, which rank seventh in the Big Ten, and 5.0 sacks, are also career bests. The Trotwood, Ohio, native has accepted a bid to play in the prestigious Reese's Senior Bowl and has now earned All-Big Ten recognition in consecutive seasons to close out his Michigan career. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (FS) - Tyree Kinnel, Jr, 5-11, 201
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): S Tyree Kinnel,...In the defensive backfield, sophomore cornerbacks Lavert Hill (second team, coaches; honorable mention, media) and David Long (honorable mention, media) were recognized, as were junior safety Tyree Kinnel (honorable mention, both) and sophomore safety Josh Metellus (honorable mention, both). Combining aggressive pressure with lockdown coverage has helped Michigan produce the nation's top-ranked pass defense, allowing just 142.7 yards per game through the air. Hill (5.0), Kinnel (4.5), Long (2.0) and Metellus (1.5) combined for 13.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while intercepting six passes and returning one for a touchdown, with 29 pass breakups in all. - Michigan Football


12/16/17 - (RB) - Chris Evans, So, 5-10, 206
2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RB Chris Evans,...Cole and Bredeson spearheaded an offensive attack that registers as No. 3 in the Big Ten (186.3 yards per game), led by two of the top six rushers in the conference: Higdon (6.32 yards per carry) fourth and Evans (5.25) sixth. Higdon secured All-Big Ten third-team honors from both the media and coaches, while Evans was honorable mention on the coaches' ballot. This season, Higdon became the first Michigan back to record multiple 200-yard rushing efforts since Mike Hart accomplished the feat three times during the 2004 season. Michigan ran for one or more touchdowns on 11 of 12 opponents this fall and had multiple rushing touchdowns in six games, including five of the last seven contests. - Michigan Football


12/11/17 - (QB) - Shea Patterson, So, 6-1, 193
University of Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson announced on Twitter Monday that he will transfer to Michigan, where he might be eligible in 2018 due to NCAA sanctions against the Rebels' program. Patterson, a former five-star recruit, completed 166 of 260 passes for 2,259 yards, with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in seven games as a sophomore this season. His campaign was cut short by a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "Thank you to the wonderful people, teammates and coaches at Ole Miss," Patterson wrote. "It is a special place and I will always have great memories of experiences in Oxford. I am now excited to announce my commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at the University of Michigan. "It's time to go to work. #GoBlue."

Because Ole Miss was recently hit with an additional year of a bowl ban, amid other sanctions, seniors can transfer and be immediately eligible in 2018. Other transfers out of Ole Miss must apply for a waiver in order to play in 2018, but those seem likely to be granted. Either way, Patterson is a nice addition for coach Jim Harbaugh, who has struggled at the quarterback position in his three seasons in Ann Arbor. Patterson (6-foot-2, 203 pounds) is a pro-style passer who should fit into Michigan's style of offense. Last year's primary starter, Wilton Speight -- whose season ended early because of a vertebrae injury -- decided after the season to leave as a graduate transfer. - The Sports Xchange

11/27/17 - (QB) - Wilton Speight, rJr, 6-5, 240
Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight announced Sunday that he will transfer for his final college season. Speight missed most of this season after fracturing three vertebrae in his neck and upper back during a Sept. 23 game against Purdue. "I don't know where next will be, and I'll use these next four weeks to figure that out," Speight wrote on his Instagram account. "I'm excited to keep pursuing my dreams in a new jersey, but will forever root for the boys wearing the winged helmet. Go blue!" Speight also thanked current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and former coach Brady Hoke. Speight passed for 3,192 yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during his Michigan career. The Wolverines' passing game suffered after his injury as fifth-year seniorJohn O'Korn took over. Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters eventually replaced O'Korn and was lost with a head injury against Wisconsin on Nov. 18. Speight passed for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns against seven interceptions in 2016. Speight plans to graduate in time to be eligible play at a major school next season. - The Sports Xchange


11/11/17 - (RB) - Chris Evans, So, 5-10, 206
Michigan got three touchdowns in a four-minute span in the second quarter to hand Maryland a 35-10 defeat Saturday at Maryland Stadium. Sophomore quarterback Brandon Peters was a modest 9-of-18 passing for 145 yards, but had two touchdowns in his second start for the Wolverines (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten). Michigan won its third straight Big Ten game. Chris Evans scored from 1 yard out with 12:21 to play in the second quarter, and when Michigan got the ball back on a failed fake punt, Peters found Zach Gentry for a 33-yard score a minute later.

The Wolverines blocked a punt on the next Maryland possession. A two-play, 19-yard drive culminated in Peters hitting Sean McKeon for a 3-yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead 8:21 before the half. Maryland (4-6, 2-5) was starting its fourth different quarterback this season, transfer Ryan Brand, a former walk-on. He got the start after Max Bortenschlager was knocked out of the loss at Rutgers last week. The Terrapins, who fell for the second straight weekend and for the fifth time in the last six games, had previously lost quarterbacks Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill to injuries in the first three weeks. - The Sports Xchange

11/07/17 - (RB) - Chris Evans, So, 5-10, 206
NOV 6 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Evans, Michigan, So., RB, Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis...Recorded 191 rushing yards on 13 carries as Michigan defeated Minnesota...Tallied touchdown runs of 60 and 67 yards, the two longest rushes of his career...Averaged 14.7 rushing yards per attempt in the contest...Receives his first career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: De'Veon Smith (Nov. 21, 2016). - Big Ten Football


11/07/17 - (RB) - Karan Higdon, Jr, 5-09, 190
NOV 6 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Karan Higdon, Michigan, Jr., RB, Sarasota, Fla./Riverview...Rushed for 200 yards on 16 attempts and found the end zone twice in Michigan's victory over Minnesota...Broke the 200-yard barrier for the second time this season, becoming the first Michigan running back to record multiple 200-yard games in the same season since 2004 (Mike Hart)...Performance included a career-long 77-yard touchdown run Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award...Last Michigan Offensive Player of the Week: De'Veon Smith (Nov. 21, 2016). - Big Ten Football


11/07/17 - (SS) - Khaleke Hudson, So, 5-11, 205
NOV 6 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Khaleke Hudson, Michigan, So., DB/LB, McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport...Notched a Michigan-record 8.0 tackles for loss as the Wolverines defeated Minnesota...Recorded 15 total tackles, including 12 solo stops, while adding three sacks and a forced fumble...His 8.0 tackles for loss broke the previous school record of 7.0 set by Larry Foote at Iowa in 2001...Collects his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Chase Winovich (Sept. 25, 2017). - Big Ten Football


11/04/17 - (RB) - Karan Higdon, Jr, 5-09, 190
Karan Higdon rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to lift Michigan to a 33-10 win over Minnesota on Saturday night in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) dominated Minnesota (4-5, 1-5) on the ground, rushing for 371 yards on 37 carries. In addition to Higdon's performance, sophomore Chris Evans rushed for 191 yards on 13 carries to help Michigan keep its slim hopes for an appearance in the Big Ten championship game alive. With the score tied 7-7, Michigan reeled off 26 straight points, starting with a 77-yard touchdown run by Higdon with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Evans ran for a 60-yard touchdown with 7:00 left in the first half and Higdon added a 5-yard touchdown run with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter to give Michigan a 27-7 lead. Evans then added a 67-yard touchdown run to put Michigan ahead 33-7 with 1:35 to go in the third quarter. By halftime, Higdon already rushed for 163 yards on nine carries and Evans had 111 yards on six carries. - The Sports Xchange


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