Jim Harbaugh shares letter from Marine to inspire young MI team

Florida, meanwhile, comes off of a 9-4 season in 2016.

Drained from the Gators by the troubling specter that is now swirling around the program.

Neither of the coaches in Saturday's game, a 33-17 MI victory, were at the helm when the agreement was finalized in 2013. Most notably, offensive weapons Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett. Last year's starting left tackle David Sharpe left for the National Football League, but the other four linemen are back this fall. There could be more as the investigation continues.

"I have not seen the starting quarterback come out of Florida", he said. It's not yet known whether MI will put these jerseys back out during the season but we can confirm the players are a fan of them.

This whole (and growing) mess is a huge potential distraction for a team that's been locked in and looking forward to this game for the past month. Florida's issues off the field resulted in seven suspensions for this game.

"People think of the distractions and that type of thing, and yet, it's an opportunity for more guys to go and play and play their tails off", McElwain said. "It was really on point, a lot of really good messages in it".

Replacing 18 of 22 starters, staring down the barrel of their own mistakes almost giving the game away, having the world wonder if you're for real or if there will be a painful break-in period, MI more than sent notice to the rest of the conference and even the nation. "They came to play". This stacks pressure on Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson to fill in for the two but leaves a lot of uncertainty to be sure. And now the two promising true freshmen - Malik Davis and Ardarius Lemons - are in a position to possibly contribute.

MI came tantalizingly close to making the college football playoff last season.

That was key to Gators coach Jim McElwain picking Franks as the starter. "You know, it's not something you're excited about, but it's also something you deal with". "I always felt it better to worry before the game than during the game". "But, we're going to miss some, going to make some, but you want to make more than we obviously miss". That might come as a surprise, given what MI lost to the NFL Draft, but the Wolverines have depth on the defensive line and a returning starter at quarterback. So, Michigan will overcome their challenge of rebooting the starting lineup and stay more focused than the Gators.

"They whooped us", Florida coach Jim McElwain said, the first of four times he used the word in his postgame press conference. "He's been in those".

Overall, McElwain is taking a positive approach to a hard situation, and he's anticipating his players following his lead.

Senior defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (4.5 sacks last season) goes from stellar backup to the leader of the line, while senior weak-side linebacker Mike McCray looks to follow up a campaign in which he registered 12.5 tackles for losses. "Not to say the other guys didn't". "The thing you hope is in doing that, it helps turn some of those lives around".

With Chris Evans, a sophomore, the Wolverines have a big-play threat in the backfield.

"There are no excuses". We've heard of coaches calling a recruit at midnight when a period ends or visiting right at the stroke of midnight, but this is the first we've heard of a slumber party. "And that's what we're going to do".

  • Steve Townsend