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December 2020

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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4 THE WOLVERINE DECEMBER 2020 December 2020 • Vol. 32, No. 5 ISSN 1048-9940 Editor John Borton Editor Chris Balas Football Recruiting Writer EJ Holland Staff Writers Austin Fox Clayton Sayfie Drew Hallett Managing Editor Ryan Tice Contributing Editor Steve Downey Chris Riffer Layout And Design Jeanette Blankenship Chris Miller Contributing Photographers Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Cover Photo Lon Horwedel Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Michelle Delee-Hamilton Customer Service Cathy Jones, Laura Thornton The Wolverine is published monthly. A one- year (12 issues) subscription is $56.99. The Wolverine is printed at The Papers in Milford, Ind. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Wolverine, P.O. Box 2331, Durham, NC 27702. Periodical postage paid at Durham, NC 27702 and additional offices. For advertising or subscription information, call 1-800-421-7751 or write The Wolverine, P.O. Box 2331, Durham, NC 27702. The Wolverine is a publication of Coman Publishing Company, 905 W. Main St, Suite 24F, Durham, NC 27701. E-Mail Address: Subscription questions: Website: On no Wolverines making the 10- man All-Big Ten preseason basket- ball squad … • Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner both should have been on there. Might be the best 1-2 punch in the Big Ten, though I could easily see the case for Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu [of Illinois]. masuofmfan • Laughable, but they'll do the talking on the court. Pontificate • As long as we have guys on the end- of-the-year list, that's all that matters. Chitown blue • All solid, solid players [that made the list]. Wagner will get there by the end of the year. Goblueam • Yet Franz will be the Player of the Year! Dalemac • Some really questionable picks here in my opinion. … I'd be extremely sur- prised if a healthy Wagner is not a top- 10 player in the conference by season's end, and mildly surprised if he's not top five. MHoops1 • Less pressure and more incentive to prove them wrong! z_for_three • I think by season's end, Wagner will be on the list. I'm not sure he showed enough in his freshman year to war- rant being ahead of the folks on this list from a preseason perspective. marroquin On wide receiver Nico Collins and cornerback Ambry Thomas — who both opted out of playing with Michigan football this fall — ac- cepting invites to play in the Senior Bowl, which is scheduled for Janu- ary in Mobile, Ala. … • They'll need the exposure. I'm skep- tical about a Combine happening. mark78 • I miss [Collins] deeply. He would've ate well [against Michigan State]. Hank2623 • My opinion: If you choose not to play your senior season, you don't get to play in the Senior Bowl. coach maverick • Going over the [Michigan State] game again in my mind, I was think- ing we would have won that game with Collins. This team's missing a true deep threat right now. I suspect Ro- man Wilson develops into one by the end of the year, though. Maybe Corne- lius Johnson, too. umatrain32 • No comment other than I won't watch the game, and this stinks. wjbmd • It's been a trend for several years that guys with any shot at getting drafted, regardless of round, can't wait to leave U-M, whereas OSU has first- and sec- ond-rounders giving it their all, playing bowl games, staying longer through thick and thin … like they have to be dragged out of college. It's remarkable, and we can only be envious. abelblaine • They'll participate in a Senior Bowl, where they will see minutes but more limited than in a final-year U-M game. They could have enhanced their draft height on that board exponentially if they would have partaken in eight games of competition at U-M. Collins would have been the big- play featured receiver, and Ambry the shutdown corner, giving Daxton Hill more opportunity to help, when nec- essary, with the inexperienced corner. Many teams in the Big Ten had play- ers who opted out early and later returned. That sort of thing doesn't seem to happen as much under Har- baugh. Don't mean to criticize him, but messaging seems a little awry there in my opinion. orsons FROM OUR WEBSITE: Join The Conversation! Use Code BLUE60 60-Day Free Trial Be Heard! Send your letters to: Wolverine Letters • P.O. Box 2331 Durham, NC 27702 Or email: Letters may be edited for clarity or length.

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