The Wolverine

February 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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12 THE WOLVERINE FEBRUARY 2018   INSIDE MICHIGAN ATHLETICS "It's very difficult to win here [at the Breslin Center]. Any top- five team, it's going to be difficult to win on the road. We've had championship teams come in here and the game was over in the first half. My assistant coach Saddi Washington said, 'Coach, this team may be different. It may have some of the grit you need to win games like that.' I think that was evident today a couple times in timeouts … whenever they'd make a little run, someone would come up with a big hoop or a big stop. Monsignor [Jerry] Vincke, a priest friend of mine, said the rosary the whole way here." — Michigan head coach John Beilein, after the Wolverines' 82-72 win at No. 4 Michigan State Jan. 13 "There have been few players in recent memory whose progression during their high school career is as dramatic as [Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child four-star defensive end Michigan signee Aidan] Hutchinson's has been. Going from an undersized sophomore to a physical force who dominated the Army Bowl, Hutchinson has shown marked improvement every step of the way. Key to his success in San Antonio was a motor that was always running 100 percent and the ability to consistently get off blocks, which few others were able to do." — Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt, after watching Hutchinson at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio Jan. 6 "I feel like this isn't good enough. We're better than this, and next year we're going to prove it. Losing five games in a season might look okay to everybody else, but that's not our standards inside that locker room. It's an average season, and next year we'll be way better." — Sophomore viper Khaleke Hudson after Michigan's 26-19 Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina Jan. 1 — Austin Fox THEY SAID IT Former ESPN analyst and NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer on The Rich Eisen Show "[Jim] Harbaugh found a really good quarterback in Shea [Patterson]. He's a big-time recruit and a playmaker — he got the transfer he needs. [Redshirt freshman quarterback] Brandon Peters is a wonderful prospect, but Michigan's offense didn't allow for a quarterback to evolve at a young age. … Shea will come in guns blazing, hair on fire and be a really good player. It'll allow Brandon and [freshman quarterback] Dylan McCaffrey to develop beneath him, and those guys will be able to see how it's done." PHOTO COURTESY MISSISSIPPI

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