When Devin Funchess tried on his No. 1 jersey for the first time before taking the field for Michigan’s season opener, the feeling gave him goosebumps. Then he debuted the new look in front of 100,000-plus with a career-best performance — seven receptions for 94 yards and three touchdowns — in Michigan’s 54-14 win over Appalachian State.
Devin Funchess knew what was needed to cement himself in Michigan football season-opening lore.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team traveled to its farthest road game of the year Friday night in hopes of celebrating a win on the bus ride home. The Wolverines made the 289 mile trip to Olivet Nazarene University, where they fell 3-0 to the host Tigers.
There were several question marks coming into the season about how Michigan’s offense would look under new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Saturday’s game against Appalachian State University provided a peek into the new look offense in a 52- 14 victory.
Jeremy Gallon completed one of the best careers for a wide receiver in Michigan football history last season. But Michigan’s revamped receiving corps appears to be vastly improved than with the holder of several team and conference receiving records donning the maize and blue.
There’s a telling statistic floating around regarding Michigan’s expected offensive line for Saturday’s season opener against Appalachian State. If the Wolverines roll out its expected offensive line of Mason Cole, Erik Magnuson, Jack Miller, Joey Burzynski, and Ben Braden, it will be a group consisting of only 12 career starts, The Detroit Free Press’ Mark Snyder reported.
The Wolverines were dreadful at running the football last season. At quick glance, the 1,634 total rushing yards look decent. But for a team that once prided itself on a strong ground game and expected to return to said level, ranking 103rd out of 125 FBS teams is atrocious. There’s no way around it, nor is there a nicer way to say it.
The Wolverines play in a conference that isn’t quite the three yards and a cloud of dust that our grandfathers remember. Michigan was thrown at 434 times in 2013 and it will be important that the defensive backfield takes a step toward stopping the pass in the rapidly approaching season.