The Wolverine

December 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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DECEMBER 2022 THE WOLVERINE 17   INSIDE MICHIGAN ATHLETICS THEY SAID IT 1,145 Rushing yards and 13 touchdowns through 8 games for former Michigan running back and current UCLA stand- out Zach Charbonnet. That yard total was good for 13th in the nation. 214.4 214.4 Rushing yards per game for Michigan football in 2021, the most of the head coach Jim Harbaugh era at the time. However, the Wolverines have been even better this season, averaging 251.4 yards per game on the ground through 10 contests. No. 45 Prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft is where Michigan senior defensive tackle Mazi Smith ranked in The Athletic analyst Dane Brugler's Nov. 1 big board. "Mazi Smith is a powerful defender at contact and hard to move, even for dou- ble-teams," Brugler wrote. "He doesn't get to show it consistently, but he also brings juice as a pass rusher. An under- rated part of his game is his ability to stay on the field in any situation (he's av- eraging 42.6 defensive snaps per game)." "He wants me at Michigan so bad. He's really showing it. He's a cool coach." — Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll five-star athlete Nyckoles Harbor on Jim Harbaugh I told [my players], I was coming back here for a 10-year reunion. We're working re- ally hard to have a 10-year reunion in 2032 for the '22 Michigan Wolverine team." — Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh to reporters at the 10-year reunion for his 2012 NFC champion San Francisco 49ers team There's been a lot of groundwork that's al- ready been laid, and our time's now. Our time's not last year. It's not next year. Our time is now. And we're on a ride. It's a happy ride. It could be even a magical ride." — Head coach Jim Harbaugh on the In- side Michigan Football radio show Nov. 7, discussing his team's stretch run "It'd be hard to imagine that he wouldn't, the way he's going, win the Heisman Trophy." — Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh on junior running back Blake Corum Nov. 7 I thought Tuck was comin'. That's what they said this offsea- son, right, [printing] all them shirts? 'Tuck was coming.' I just saw him running." — Junior running back BLAKE CORUM after Michigan's 29-7 win over Michigan State Oct. 29 PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN We looked at him, but I really love the team that we have today." — Michigan basketball head coach Juwan Howard on whether the Wolverines considered adding former Memphis guard and current Eastern Michigan standout Emoni Bates out of the transfer portal this past offseason We're close. We're texting every day. I go up there quite a bit, and we always hang out. He's a great person to be around and a great coach. I'm super excited to work with him." — Dexter (Mich.) High four-star Michigan running back commit Cole Cabana on his future position coach, Mike Hart I like seeing a team who comes in with all the hype, all the energy, and you just kind of see it fade away as you're pounding them." — Sophomore linebacker Junior Colson on the "In The Trenches" podcast

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