A nightmarish 2007 car accident left Michigan center Elliott Mealer's father and girlfriend dead and his older brother Brock doubtful to ever walk again. Now Elliott is ending his Michigan career as a starting center while Brock is walking.
Michigan was set to pass on future All-American center Steve Everitt because he didn't fit their recruiting criteria for offensive linemen.
The Michigan defensive line, while dramatically improved from a year ago, still has plenty of room for improvement.
Kicker Matt Wile figured he'd have a chance to play early, but he didn't realize he'd have to pick up the punting chores for a while, too.
The linebacking corps, which had a rough 2010, has played well and shown surprising depth through two games.
New Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison sees recruiting as a competition, and the guy just loves to compete. So do his defenses.