NEW YORK — The 2022 season of the football team at Michigan begins on Saturday at noon versus Colorado State, and MLive will be in Michigan Stadium to provide live updates.
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With victories over Ohio State, the Big Ten championship, and a berth in the College Football Playoff for the 2021 season, the Wolverines just completed their most successful season under Jim Harbaugh.
On defense, they must replace a number of important players, most notably their two top pass rushers, Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo.
The first indication of who will fill those responsibilities will be provided on Saturday, with Mike Morris, Taylor Upshaw, and Jaylen Harrell being the most likely contenders.
Without Hassan Haskins, Michigan loses five additional defensive starters, but all of its key playmakers are back. The selection for Saturday’s game will go to quarterback Cade McNamara, who started all 14 games at the position last season.
Talented sophomore J.J. McCarthy will start the following week against Hawaii. Will McCarthy play against Colorado State as well? That is one of the most important stories to follow right now.
The Rams, meanwhile, are a brand-new squad led by first-year head coach Jay Norvell. From the 2021 team, which went 3-9, CSU has added more than 40 new players, Michigan hosts Colorado State many of whom transferred from Nevada, where Norvell previously served as head coach for five seasons.
This includes quarterback Clay Millen, a redshirt freshman who will play his first collegiate game on Saturday.
Tory Horton, the team’s top receiver, Michigan hosts Colorado State is also from Nevada and had 52 receptions for 659 yards and five scores in 2021. In Norvell’s Air Raid attack, expect the Rams to toss the ball around a lot on Saturday.
Although the CSU defense has a lot of new players, veteran linebacker Dequan Jackson returns as the team’s captain.