After opening the public to the public last week, the Michigan soccer team once again made it their annual spring match. While it was mainly another training session with a few melee elements together, it was still college football.
The 2018 season has come to a bitter end and today's spring game marks a fresh start for the 2019 season, when the Wolverines attempt to bounce back and compete for the Big Ten title and get their first participation in the college football playoffs.
Here are my five points to remember from the action that took place during the game.
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters at one of his spring press conferences that defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour and wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones could miss some of the same. autumn because of injuries.
Although Peoples-Jones did not participate in the training exercises, Dwumfour participated.
Dwumfour did not go 100%, as he did exercises with the equipment. When the group switched to exercises against offensive linemen, he moved away and never participated in the scrum, so his status is questionable for the moment.
One of the main questions of the week was who would start right between Andrew Stueber and Jalen Mayfield. The answer was Stueber.
While Mayfield saw the action with the other novice offensive line players, Stueber saw the most time with the starters.
Both did well when they were there and the competition is very close between the two. Neither of them blew each other 's water nor made any major mistakes. This battle is far from over.
The most significant change of the 2019 season was the start of the new attack led by offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. Gattis called the "#SpeedInSpace" offense, leaving everyone wondering what exactly that meant.
Today, we saw Gattis and what he meant by that. There was always an option of reading involved and jet scanning. The RPO was also a factor, but not as big as some might think.
We saw passes over the center more than ever and when the guys caught balls in space, they had the speed to gain ground, and sometimes escaped for a touchdown.
We have not seen all that this offense can do, that is for sure. Seeing a glimpse of what this could be was interesting and allowed us to better understand what it would look like in August.
With wide receivers Nico Collins and Peoples-Jones injured, the depth behind them was to appear until today. Freshman wide receiver, Mike Sainristil, impressed at the free training last week and has done so again today.
He was not the only wide receiver to show up today, as Ronnie Bell also had a good game for the offensive.
Wide receiver Oliver Martin also played well and Tarik Black looked healthy and ready to play 100% this fall, which is a good sign for the Wolverines.
The depth behind them is superb and there are injuries, they will have the guys behind the starters so that they can intervene without the offensive taking a step back.
The back of last year, Ben Mason, played exactly that. This year, he plays both sides of the ball and to new positions in attack. Mason did exercises with defensive linemen and, when the scrum took place, he never left their side of the field.
Mason never took a slap on the back, running or at the tight end, as Harbaugh had announced at his press conference last month.
We already know what Mason looks like back and forth, but seeing it tight would have been fun to see.
Mason is well done in defense, playing with backups. Mason seems to be like a defense maniac and something different that the team can bring to the table.