Michigan Wolverine Football Podcast — The Players Change But the Goals Remain the Same

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Phil @pcallihan and Clint @Clint_Derringer discuss the Michigan Spring Game with audio from Donovan Edwards, Alex Orji, Semaj Morgan, and Head Coach Sherrone Moore.

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The Michigan Wolverines are in the midst of a quarterback competition, with Phil Callihan expressing uncertainty about the starting quarterback. Clint Derringer highlights Alex Orji’s improving performance and the importance of offseason work. Donovan Edwards emphasizes the value of a quarterback who can run and throw, while Clint Derringer and Phil Callihan discuss Coach Sherrone Moore’s ability to navigate off-field issues and maintain team focus. The team is focused on fine-tuning their game to achieve success, with a player-led approach and a culture of resilience.

Michigan Wolverines football team’s quarterback competition

  • Coaches emphasize same goals and process, but with different people.
  • Clint Derringer: Solid performance from quarterbacks in spring game, with Alex Orji standing out for his athleticism.
  • Alex Orji: Hungry for more reps, wants to stay on top of college Football, and be selfless in pursuit of excellence.
  • Alex Orji and Davis Warren are leading the competition for the Quarterback position, with Orji excelling in the run game and Warren showing promise as a passer.
  • The eventual starter will be the one who can best read defenses and deliver the ball accurately from within the pocket without making big turnovers.

QB Alex Orji’s performance in the spring game

  • Phil Callihan: Alex Orji’s athleticism and potential make him a unique QB option.
  • Alex Orji: Campbell’s coaching helps him feel comfortable, learn from others in QB room.
  • Phil Callihan and Clint Derringer discuss Alex Orji’s performance in the spring game, with Callihan expressing uncertainty about the starting Quarterback position and Derringer highlighting Orji’s accuracy and potential as a passer.
  • Derringer analyzes Orji’s throws, noting his improvement after a slow start and his ability to make accurate passes on outbreak routes, with a focus on building chemistry with the receivers and tight ends.

Michigan football’s running back depth and offensive line performance in spring game

  • Donovan Edwards is presumptive starter at Running Back, but others impress in spring game.
  • Offensive line was a positive surprise, holding up well against Michigan’s front seven.

Michigan football’s defense and offense, with a focus on the competition for playing time and the potential impact of new players

  • Coaches mentioned depth and talent on both offense and defense, with a notable increase in aggression on defense.
  • Clint Derringer highlights promising young players in the secondary.
  • Derringer notes the flexibility of the defense with these new players, and how it will be beneficial for the team.

Michigan football’s depth and new players, including injuries and transfers

  • Injury to Rod Moore impacts Michigan’s defensive backfield, but Quinton Johnson’s return provides hope.
  • Clint Derringer highlights the depth of Michigan’s defensive line, particularly in the fourth quarter of games, where they were able to keep their big guys fresh and unblockable.
  • DJ Waller has entered the transfer portal, which could impact Michigan’s lineup on defense, especially at linebacker.

Michigan Wolverines football team’s quarterback position and receiver room, with potential for transfer portal movement

  • Michigan retains core players but uncertain at QB position.
  • Michigan football finds leadership-oriented transfers in the portal.
  • Clint Derringer discusses Michigan football’s receiver position, highlighting the need for more depth and potential for Semaj Morgan to contribute in both run and pass games.

Michigan football team’s coaching changes, player departures, and upcoming schedule

  • The potential of a player on offense and special teams.
  • Sherrone’s dealing with significant roster turnover, coaching staff changes, and player suspensions.

Michigan Wolverines football team’s leadership, culture, and off-field issues.

  • Clint Derringer praises Sherrone Moore’s ability to steer the ship through chaos and make quick decisions.
  • Phil Callihan discusses Michigan football’s resilience in the face of distractions, including the NCAA’s allowance of coaches to communicate with players via radio helmets.
  • Callihan questions whether new coach Sharon can continue the culture of resilience built by Jim Harbaugh, with a rebooted coaching staff and players.
  • Sherrone Moore emphasizes the importance of player leadership and culture in the team’s success.
  • Donovan Edwards highlights the democratic nature of the program, with multiple leaders in each position group working towards a common goal of winning football games.