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The University of Michigan football team kicked off spring practices this week. They also announced times and dates for their open practices in April.

The football team will hold its first open practice on April 6 at 2:15 p.m. in the Big House in Ann Arbor. Gates 1, 2, and 10 will open at 1:30 p.m. and fans are allowed to sit in sections 7-39 on the east side of the stadium. This will be a non-contact practice in helmets only. Coaches and players will not be available to sign autographs. Concessions and the M-Den will be open during the event.

The annual Spring Game will take place April 13 at 5:00 p.m. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. This will be a full practice with individual and team drills conducted. There will also be a controlled scrimmage during the practice. Both practices will be free to the public and no tickets will be needed for entry.

On Monday afternoon, head coach Jim Harbaugh talked to the media and had some big revelations. First, junior fullback Ben Mason will see the field more often as he will also play at defensive line, fullback in short yardage and goal line situations, tight end, special teams, and tailback. He will see plenty of action as the fullback position in the new Michigan offense.

He also talked briefly about some injuries that will keep key people out of spring practices. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins, Zach Charbonnet, Lavert Hill, and Michael Dwumfour. These are huge losses but only if they cannot go for fall camp and the first game against Middle Tennessee State on August 31.

Harbaugh also made mention of a standout from this class of early signees. Tight end Erick All who has worked his tail off and has been a huge standout so far this year. Another bright spot for the Michigan offense is a player who got his shot to shine late last season running back Christian Turner. He has been turning heads all spring and will be in line to show his skills at the spring game with the absence of Chris Evans.

It will be truly a great time to see these young men on the field. Come out and see them. I will be there guaranteed.