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Michigan football: New star wideout has big vision for the Maize and Blue

Michigan football is getting closer and closer to a title.



Michigan football, Peyton O'Leary
Oct 23, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines cheerleader megaphones in the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan football made the College Football Playoff for the second straight year during the 2022 campaign. This fall, with loads of talent, an impressive coaching staff, and more, the Wolverines are poised to make a push for the program’s first national title since 1997. According to Peyton O’Leary, the Wolverines’ new star wide receiver who emerged as a breakout candidate during the spring game on April 1st, the Maize and Blue are aiming for 14 or even 15 wins in 2023.

Michigan football looking for bigger and better in 2023

The 2021 season saw Michigan football tie the program record for wins in a season, totaling 12 all said and done. Last fall, the Wolverines broke the record, going 13-1 and claiming a Big Ten title for the second consecutive season.

Following Michigan’s spring game on April 1st, new star wide receiver Peyton O’Leary stated that Michigan football is aiming for bigger and better in 2023—14 or 15 wins is what the Wolverines are aiming for. Additionally, the Maize and Blue have the culture to achieve it.

“The culture is really good. I’m best friends with everyone on the team,” Peyton O’Leary said after Michigan’s spring game, according to Tyler Sakalys-Moore of Blue by Ninety. We’re all brothers. Coach Harbaugh always says that we’ll only go up from here, you know, either 14-1 or 15-0, so that’s the ultimate goal.”

National title-caliber ambitions

On top of O’Leary’s ambitions for bigger and better in 2023, head coach Jim Harbaugh believes that this year’s team is perhaps the best he has ever had during his tenure in Ann Arbor. Michigan football has come close to winning a national title for two consecutive years, and this year, the Wolverines appear poised to finally achieve it. “Now is the best time to attack. Strike while the iron is hot,” said Jim Harbaugh.

Under Jim Harbaugh’s leadership, the Wolverines have been steadily climbing the ladder, progressing from 10 wins to 12, 13, and so on. Michigan football has been gradually getting closer to winning the national title, and now, in 2023, the Maize and Blue are determined to accomplish exactly that.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.