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Utah Football Spring Football Opponent Preview: Michigan Wolverines

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Spring football is over for the Utes, and Ute fans can do nothing but wait. With the anticipation for the upcoming season, comes the realization that the Michigan Wolverines, and their new coach Jim Harbaugh, will be coming to Salt Lake City to open the season this fall.

On September 3, 2015 the Wolverines will bring a few familiar faces to Rice-Eccles Stadium. Familiar for one, because it was only last season that these two teams faced each other in Ann Arbor, MI at the Big House. One position that always has all eyes one it is the quarterback. Shane Morris the junior quarterback came in off the bench versus Utah last season, and threw an interception to Tevin Carter, but also tackled him preventing Carter getting six points on the return. Sophomore Jabrill Peppers played well as a true freshman last season, and he returns as one of their top players on defense. Return specialist and WR Dennis Norfleet will be looking for more and better success for his senior year.

Also, two players from Highland High in Salt Lake City will return to their home town wearing maize and blue. Senior fullback Sione Houma has seen most of his action on special teams, and appeared in all 12 games last season, while sophomore DT Bryan Mone, also appeared in 12 games last year including one start. Both of these players would love nothing more than getting a win in their home town.

There of course will be a lot of hype surrounding the first game for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh wasn't renewed in San Francisco 49ers and headed back to his alma mater, where he will be trying to do what Brady Hoke and Rich Rodriguez failed to do before him, return Michigan to one of the premier football teams in the Big 10. Success by rivals Michigan State, and Ohio State have compounded the struggles the Wolverines have had to be a consistent upper echelon Big 10 team.

Michigan went just 5-7 a year ago, with blowout losses to Notre Dame, Utah, Minnesota, Michigan State and Ohio State. Brady Hoke, after a really good initial season when he led Michigan to the Sugar Bowl, couldn't keep the momentum and was doomed after the first third of the season last year, and was really on his way out after the controversy allowing Shane Morris to play with an obvious concussion.

This will be the first time that Michigan will have played in Utah, and the first time they have played on a Thursday night ever. Utah has won two straight against the Wolverines, after losing a matchup in 2002. Many wonder if Harbaugh's first game, and the matchup of Pac 12 vs B1G, will be broadcast on one of the bigger networks. Since joining the Pac 12, Rice-Eccles Stadium seems to be hosting bigger and bigger match ups. As far as out of conference games goes, this may be the biggest ever. The crowd at might also be on September 3. Now one has to watch the clock tick until September.

Joshua Henschke from Maize n Brew joined us to get the inside story of where the Wolverines sit post spring football.

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