Michigan Football: Latest News, Injuries and Team Updates

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMay 4, 2012

Michigan Football: Latest News, Injuries and Team Updates

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    The Michigan Wolverines are in a great place right now. It's a team that returns several key pieces from a year ago, has a loaded recruiting class coming in and a head coach who put this program back in the spotlight last season.

    Spring practice has come and went, but that doesn't mean that the news stops in the sports world.

    With there being a couple of months off before the season picks back up again, here's some news that you may have missed over the last couple of weeks concerning your Michigan Wolverines.

Michigan Reinstates Safety Josh Furman

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    Safety Josh Furman was arrested a couple months ago and was facing charges from a domestic violence incident. He was suspended by the team, and his future on the football field for the Wolverines was really up in the air.

    He has recently been found not guilty on all charges and has been reinstated with the football team as well.

    After allowing the judicial process to run its course and evaluating the situation, we have reinstated Josh as a member of our team. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. (Via ESPN) We met multiple times over the past few months and Josh understands the responsibilities and expectations that come with being a football student-athlete at the University of Michigan.

    Furman enters his redshirt sophomore season and should have a chance to compete for a starting role in the defensive backfield. He played very last year but finished with 10 tackles and blocked a kick in the victory over Nebraska.

Michigan AD Doesn't Think the Playoff Is a Playoff

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    While the ongoing playoff talks continue, and as we inch closer to getting rid of the BCS, there are still some out there who don't exactly believe it's going to work. You can count the Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon as one of those people.

    "I'm not opposed to 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3, plus-one concept," Brandon said via The Detroit News. "I don't see it as a true playoff system. It's a clever way to come up with one more football game. I'm not sure I call that a playoff, but if it makes everybody feel better, call it a playoff."

    While nothing is set in stone quite yet, most believe a playoff format will be in place by 2014, when the new BCS cycle is over with. Brandon would also like to know how the revenue would be split up once the playoff is created.

    "There's the all-important issue, when you raise incremental dollars, how do you distribute the money?" Brandon said. "I haven't seen one proposal yet that makes me understand the result of what we're proposing. The game will generate significant amounts of money, but who determines who gets the money and how will it be distributed?"

Coaches Like the Progress Their Centers Are Making

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    Last season, Michigan had one of the top centers in the country in David Molk. But now that the Rimington Award winner is in the NFL, it's up to head coach Brady Hoke and company to find the replacement.

    The two candidates are Ricky Barnum and Jack Miller. Branum has spent most of his time at left guard, while playing a little bit of right guard as well. Miller, on the other hand, is a redshirt freshman and hasn't seen the field yet. Despite the lack of inexperience they both have at the position, the coaches are very impressed with the progress they've both made so far.

    “Ricky’s come a long way for a position that he really hasn’t played very much,” Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges said. (via The Detroit Free Press)

    Head coach Brady Hoke also spoke up for the freshman and said he's doing a good job as well learning on the fly.

    "Every day he's learning how to play center at the Division I level," Hoke said. "I think there's been improvement and some footwork and the things that you look at from a technical side of it.

The Wolverines Are Ranked No. 10 in New ESPN Poll

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    Despite the Michigan Wolverines returning a good portion of their team and winning last year's BCS Sugar Bowl, they're ranked No. 10 in the newly released ESPN preseason poll.

    You could make an argument for why they should be ranked higher, but in a recent article, 57 percent of you agreed that ESPN got it right, while only 15 percent said Michigan is too low.