Among many things missing from Michigan football in 2017, a definite difference maker was on that list.
With the 2018 season just around 50 days away, the Wolverines are searching for redemption this fall. Among the good players on their roster, there are several who could help bring them success.
Shea Patterson: Junior QB
Patterson has been one of the top news stories after his eligibility ordeal with his transfer to Michigan. Inconsistent quarterback play has been a major issue for the Wolverines during the Harbaugh era, and he is hoping Patterson can fit into his scheme.
LaVert Hill: Junior CB
Hill returns as the highest graded defensive back in the power five conferences and sat with teammate David Long as the highest-efficiency corners in the nation. With Michigan’s stout defensive line, the play from the secondary will be key in rounding out another stellar Don Brown defense, and Hill will play an intricate role.
Donovan Peoples-Jones: Sophomore WR
While the former “super-frosh” Tarik Black was looking to be the best receiver in 2017 before his injury, it is Peoples-Jones who gained experience during last season’s struggles on offense. With Black injured and the unit struggling as a whole, DPJ became a target in every game. This experience should propel him to an even bigger role as a sophomore.
Rashan Gary: Junior DE
The former No. 1 overall recruit made a name for himself during his sophomore season, and returns to camp as the anchor of a defensive line that has through-the-roof expectations. Having played every game as a sophomore, Gary’s best college season could be this year. It could also be his last with NFL Draft boards counting him as a top prospect.
Karan Higdon: Senior RB
Higdon returns as Michigan’s leading rusher from 2017 with a total of 994 yards, and will behind a hopefully new-and-improved offensive line. Michigan is due to have an explosive runner, and Higdon showed glimpses of that potential as a junior.
In what will be an important season for Jim Harbaugh, he will be counting on these players and many more to fight through a grueling conference schedule in 2018.