ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Saturday will be the first chance the public has a chance to see this season’s Michigan football team.
After their spring practices, the Wolverines will take the field in a coordinated scrimmage with the ones facing the ones and the twos facing the twos, according to Michigan coach Brady Hoke.
The coaching staff is planning on playing about 60 snaps and having a scoring system, though Hoke didn’t specify exactly what that would be.
Some players will see limited playing time and certain parts of the game will be regulated due to the fact that it isn’t a full team. Hoke mentioned the lack of depth on both lines and at the wide receiver position as reasons for this.
“You always have depth problems in the spring,” Hoke said. “We’re not at the point, program wise because of depth issues on the offensive front and defensive front, to draft like you’d want to.”
It won’t be anything compared to the Wolverines’ kick off against Alabama next September, but it is a chance to see how far the team has come since its All State Sugar Bowl victory.
“We get a chance to go in the Big House, play football and compete,” Hoke said. “Kind of assess where we’re at to some degree.”
The scrimmage is the highlight of Michigan’s annual “Victors Weekend,” which will also feature an alumni scrimmage. More than 350 former football players will be in town for the weekend.
The only player that will definitely sit out of Saturday’s scrimmage is defensive tackle Nate Brink.
Brink, who has a leg injury, has done individual drills through spring practices, but has yet to compete in any full-contact drills.
Linebacker Kenny Demens will play, though he was held out of practice last Saturday and Tuesday with a mild concussion. Hoke said Demens probably could’ve gone, but they chose to be very cautious with those types of injuries.
Wide receiver Jerald Robinson has been “a little beat up” with an AC separation, but, according to Hoke, Robinson has played through it.
The team will vote on team captains during fall camp, but Hoke has already pointed out a few rising seniors that have stood out to him in the leadership category.
Wide receiver Roy Roundtree, safety Jordan Kovacs, offensive lineman Patrick Omameh and defensive lineman Will Campbell were the four that have impressed Hoke so far, though other names will surely pop up between now and voting.
“I’d be remiss not to name a lot of those seniors,” Hoke said. “But I think they’re really understanding this is the way we want to go about our business.”
“LONG” TIME FRIENDS:
With how intertwined college sports are these days, of course, there’s a connection between what’s going on at Arkansas with former football coach Bobby Petrino and Michigan football.
Hoke and Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long were high school football and baseball teammates.
Hoke said he reached out to Long recently.
“I texted him, ‘I’m glad it wasn’t you,’ ” Hoke said. “That’s a hard deal for anybody.”
EARLY ENROLLEES IMPRESSING:
During Thursday’s press conference, Hoke mentioned all three of the early enrollees as players that have impressed during spring football.
“It was probably a great indoctrination for a young guy,” Hoke said of Bolden. “It’s been good.”
Hoke also said that safety Jarrod Wilson will take “a bunch of snaps” on Saturday and has throughout the spring.
“I’m real proud of how they made the transition,” Hoke said of the early enrollees. “When you think about it they would be going to prom [right now].”