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2020 Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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24 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2020 FOOTBALL PREVIEW BY JOHN BORTON A sk Jon Jansen how many times a week he is probed for whether there will be college football in 2020, and you'll draw a hearty laugh. The Michigan All-American, two-time captain and now communications specialist within the U-M athletics department insists that is not putting a fine enough point on it. "How many times a week?" he retorted. "How many times a day, is more like it." Jansen gets it. He knows how big of a deal it is, how big it's always been in his own life. But he also knows football isn't bigger than life, or bigger than COVID-19. That doesn't lessen the interest, and only enhances the intrigue, with football players across the country reporting for summer workouts in hopes of a 2020 season. "That's the one thing everybody wants to know," Jansen said. "It used to be, who is the starting quarterback? What's the offen- sive line going to look like? Now everybody wants to know, are we going to even have football? "I hear it multiple times a day — walking through the grocery store, talking on the radio. That's the No. 1 thing. When it comes down to it, I truly believe we are going to have football." At the same time, Jansen and Michigan's athletics department staffers — from AD Warde Manuel on down — know it won't be a normal football season, if it develops at all. "It's going to be a different year," Manuel GAME ON? College Football Takes Stutter Steps Toward A Season

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