The last time Michigan played on its home field it suffered a bitter 42-41 defeat to rival Ohio State on the way to a 7-6 finish that would cost offensive coordinator Al Borges his job.
Now, the team returns to Michigan Stadium with Brady Hoke’s coaching tenure hanging in the balance. Michigan needs a strong season to erase any doubt about his immediate future in Ann Arbor.
Hoke had announced the spring game will be more of an open practice and not a split-squad competition, but fans will be watching for signs that new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has improved the offense.
The disappointment of last season and the building pressure to win a Big Ten title has placed a spotlight on key players who will need to perform will if the team hopes to be a force in the Big Ten next season.
All season statistics from mgoblue.com, official University of Michigan athletic department website.
Phil Callihan is a featured writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations in this article were obtained via Press Conferences or in person.