The Wolverine

October 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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OCTOBER 2022 THE WOLVERINE 17   INSIDE MICHIGAN ATHLETICS THEY SAID IT $698,194,221 $698,194,221 Is the combined earnings to date for 37 Wolverine alumni on NFL rosters (active, practice squad and IR), per as of Sept. 12. That put Michi- gan fifth among colleges nationally, behind Alabama ($1,020,955,195), LSU ($874,247,688), Ohio State ($872,286,295) and California ($707,272,207). 93.7 Was sophomore quarterback J.J. McCar- thy's Pro Football Focus grade in his first start against Hawai'i. That mark is the best single-game grade for a signal-caller in the head coach Jim Harbaugh era. Other top performances include Cade McNamara vs. Western Michigan, Week 1, 2021 (93.0); Shea Patterson vs. Rutgers, Week 11, 2018, Dylan McCaffrey vs. Nebraska, Week 4, 2018 (92.5); Jake Rudock vs. Florida, Citrus Bowl, 2015 (92.4); and Wilton Speight vs. Maryland, Week 10, 2016 (91.9). 21 Games under head coach Jim Harbaugh in which Michigan has notched double- digit tackles for loss, including the Sept. 3 season opener against Colorado State, when the Wolverines racked up 11. That was the most since last season's 21-17 win over Penn State (12) on Nov. 13. 7th Was where Michigan ap- peared on StubHub's list of the top in-demand college football teams released before the season. For the first time ever, Ohio State topped the list, surpassing last year's No. 1, Ala- bama. The full top 10 is as follows: Ohio State (1), Alabama (2), Texas (3), Geor- gia (4), Texas A&M (5), Notre Dame (6), Michigan (7), Penn State (8), Auburn (9) and LSU (10). Starting at the bot- tom, it's always rough and brutal at the bottom of the moun- tain. But if you keep going, and keep pushing, keep being persistent, keep be- ing patient, everything is going to play out for the greater good. I just looked at it as another mountain to climb, and I'm having fun climbing it." — Sophomore quarterback J.J. McCar- thy on the "In The Trenches" podcast I think somebody asked me, I don't know if it was dur- ing camp or something, what I would do when I scored, and I never really knew. I don't even know what I did; I just remem- ber wanting to hug every- body. It was an emotional moment, man, just a big weight off the shoulders." — Graduate student wide receiver RONNIE BELL on his touchdown against Hawai'i, his first in 371 days "I really left a great place in West Virginia, to come to Michigan with a lot on the line, and it didn't look so good at the begin- ning. The first years were rough. And knowing that we turned it around in those last nine years was so good. It really feels special. I went through all of the Hall of Fame members — oh my God, there are some of the greatest athletes and coaches in the world in many different sports. To be in- cluded in that, that's special." — Former U-M basketball head coach JOHN BEILEIN to WXYZ's Brad Galli on being in- ducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame along with four other former Wolverines — Jennie Ritter (softball), Chris Webber (basketball) and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (ice skating) J.J. McCarthy is the most Drew Henson- like quarterback they've had since Drew Hen- son. A legitimate dual threat. If the skill set on display so far this year carries over to tougher opponents, yeah, it's a lot like Drew Henson." — Michigan radio play-by-play commentator Doug Karsch PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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