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Michigan football safety Rod Moore is turning heads following spring practice

Rod Moore, a standout for Michigan football, is not done turning heads on a national scale.

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Last season, Michigan football safety Rod Moore made a significant impact as a first-year starter for the Wolverines, garnering nationwide attention for his impressive athleticism and defensive versatility. Despite being initially regarded as a three-star prospect, Moore’s performance on the field turned heads across the country. He played a crucial role in leading the Wolverines to an outstanding 13-1 overall record, which included securing the Big Ten title.

As the team transitions from spring practices and the spring game at Michigan Stadium into summer ball, Moore continues to capture the national spotlight with his exceptional skills and contributions. His remarkable abilities and standout performances have once again drawn attention from observers nationwide. Moore’s continued impact is a testament to his talent and dedication, and he remains a player to watch as he further solidifies his reputation on the national stage.

Michigan football safety Rod Moore in the Maize and Blue thus far

Since his time in high school, Moore has exceeded expectations. Despite being initially considered a three-star prospect, his performance in Ann Arbor has demonstrated that he should have been ranked as a four or even five-star prospect. Over the course of two seasons with the Maize and Blue, Moore has consistently impressed, securing a starting role and establishing himself as one of the top defensive players expected to be chosen early in the upcoming NFL Draft.

During his freshman year in 2021, Moore showcased his skills in 11 out of Michigan’s 14 games. His outstanding performance earned him the shared title of Michigan’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Building on his success, in his sophomore season in 2022, Moore solidified his position as a starting safety and emerged as one of the finest players in the Big Ten.

Moore’s remarkable achievements in 2022 included receiving an All-Big Ten honorable mention from both coaches and media, as well as the Wolverines’ Defensive Player of the Year Award. His impressive statistics of 71 tackles (48 solo), four interceptions, and three defended passes played a vital role in Michigan’s triumphant 13-1 season, where they clinched the Big Ten title.

As we enter 2023, Moore is now burdened with high expectations as a junior leader of the formidable Wolverine defense, which is stacked with talented players.

Pro Football Focus ranks Moore among the nation’s top 5

In anticipation of the upcoming 2023 season, Pro Football Focus has revealed their rankings of the top 10 returning safeties in college football. Making an impressive appearance in the top 5 of PFF’s list is none other than Rod Moore, the standout safety from the Michigan football team. Regarded as one of the most formidable defensive weapons in the nation, Moore has earned this recognition through his exceptional skills and performances.

After the conclusion of spring practice, PFF has placed Moore as the fifth-best safety in the country, solidifying his status as a premier player in his position. Additionally, he has been hailed as the top safety in the highly competitive Big Ten conference. With Moore leading the way, the Wolverines boast an incredibly talented secondary, showcasing their depth and ability to dominate opposing offenses in the upcoming 2023 season.

Pro Football Focus recognizes Moore’s remarkable abilities and contributions, further cementing his reputation as a defensive force to be reckoned with. His presence on the field will undoubtedly make a significant impact, and the Wolverines can confidently rely on his skills as they strive for success in the upcoming season.

Here is what PFF had to say about Moore’s elite ranking:

“Moore is arguably the most well-rounded safety in the country heading into next season and was an honorable mention All-American for PFF in 2022. He was one of two Power Five safeties in 2022 who earned 80-plus grades both in coverage and as a run defender. The other, Alabama’s Brian Branch, is a top-10 prospect on PFF’s 2023 NFL Draft big board. Moore’s four interceptions were tied for seventh among Power Five safeties.”



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Michigan football opens with impressive odds to win the 2023 Big Ten title

Michigan football is a strong favorite to win this year’s Big Ten title game.

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Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh lifts the Big Ten Championship Trophy with his team after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Following an impressive campaign last fall, it may come as no surprise to Michigan football fans that Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines are clear-cut favorites in the early betting odds to win the 2023 Big Ten title. According to Caesars Sportsbook, no team in the Big Ten has better odds to claim the conference championship than the Michigan Wolverines, who lead the pack with +165 odds.

Michigan football opens with impressive betting odds to win 2023 Big Ten title

In 2021, Michigan football became the first program to ever begin the year unranked yet make the College Football Playoff. The Wolverines also claimed their first Big Ten title since 2004 and defeated Ohio State for the first time since 2011. A season later, Michigan did it all again, this time going 12-0 in the regular season with another series of dominant rivalry wins.

In addition to their impressive 13-1 record, Michigan football added a second-straight Big Ten title to the trophy case. This year, Jim Harbaugh has the chance to do something that the Wolverines have not done since the early 1990s under former head coach Gary Moeller: win three Big Ten titles in a row. Even Lloyd Carr, who won a national championship, did not accomplish this feat during his time in the Maize and Blue.

These new Caesars Sportsbook odds place Michigan football ahead of two other Big Ten giants as well: Ohio State (+200) and Penn State (+650). The success for Michigan is nice, but now a new task has emerged: remaining focused despite the hype heading into the year.



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Michigan football transfer portal addition is hungry and gunning for a national title

A new Michigan football transfer signee is coming to Ann Arbor to win a national title and prove that he belongs.

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Apr 1, 2023; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines helmet on the sideline during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 Michigan football transfer portal class is largely regarded as one of the best in the nation. The Wolverines had few roster holes to fill after an incredible season last fall. However, whatever remaining question marks the program had were promptly addressed through a series of impressive transfer acquisitions by Jim Harbaugh and the coaching staff. One of these new commits, Josaiah Stewart, could have a significant impact in the Maize and Blue this upcoming season.

New Michigan football transfer portal addition is hungry

During his time with Coastal Carolina, Josaiah Stewart stood out as a defensive end, making his mark on their Group of Five program as it aimed to rise through the ranks. Stewart recorded 80 tackles, 16 sacks, and four fumble recoveries during his tenure with Coastal Carolina. Following his most recent season in the Black and Teal, Stewart entered the transfer portal and was swiftly picked up by Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football program.

“I’m coming in hungry, I always have a chip on my shoulder,” he said after the 2023 Michigan football spring game. “Either I am undersized, under-recruited, or whatever the case may be; I am always hungry, so nothing has changed [since being at Costal Carolina].”

Josaiah Stewart looking to prove that he belongs in the Big Ten

As we approach the 2023 season, this four-star addition to Michigan football via the transfer portal appears poised for some significant moments in the fall. Stewart is arriving in Ann Arbor to address a noticeable need for the Wolverines at defensive end. Just as we witnessed the previous season, Michigan is losing two of its top pass rushers, including All-Big Ten edge rusher Mike Morris, before the new campaign. Stewart, alongside rising stars like Braiden McGregor and others, will be filling that void.

“I belong here,” he said when asked about what he intends to prove during his time in Ann Arbor. “Everybody is doubting, everybody is questioning, you know, ‘how can he play in the Big Ten?’ Well, I’m going to show you guys, that’s all there is to it.”

Fueling the pursuit of a national title in year one

The upcoming fall could be a pivotal season for Josaiah Stewart, the new addition from the Michigan football transfer portal. He is certainly a name to keep an eye on as the team enters summer training and beyond. Despite his lack of Power Five experience and his young tenure with the Wolverines, it’s clear that Josaiah Stewart is well-aware of what is expected of him and his team.

“You can tell [Michigan football] is a winning environment,” Stewart continued. “You can tell how seriously they take winning here, and we all know what the goal is — it’s not just the Big Ten Championship, it’s a national championship. And you can feel that as soon as you walk in the building.”



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Michigan football update: Wolverines looking to add flash to their offense in 2023?

The 2023 Michigan football offense has fans and experts excited for the fall opener and beyond.

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Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Colston Loveland (18) against the TCU Horned Frogs during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A year ago, Michigan football saw one of its best seasons in program history, going 13-1 all said and done, as well as claiming a Big Ten title, CFP berth, and more. Heading into a new season this fall, the Wolverines look as dangerous as ever. However, it has become clear that if Michigan wants to take the next step and compete for a national title, the offense needs to be able to adapt more than it did in 2021 and 2022. That could start with Colston Loveland, JJ McCarthy, and others.

A new chapter for the Michigan football offense in 2023?

According to Michigan football tight end Colston Loveland, a rising sophomore star in the Maize and Blue, the Wolverines are well on their way to establishing a flashier offense behind second-year starting quarterback JJ McCarthy, a potential Heisman Trophy candidate this year.

Colston Loveland shined in year one with Michigan football last year, truly coming into his own as the season went on. With injuries to starting tight ends Luke Schoonmaker and Erick All, Loveland was a freshman playing the role of an upperclassman and turned heads while doing so. This year, the sophomore Wolverine is looking for a bigger role alongside transfer addition AJ Barner from Indiana.

Colston Loveland, JJ McCarthy looking to take the next step throughout a new season

As a deep threat tight end, Colston Loveland could be a perfect target for JJ McCarthy this fall as the Wolverines attempt to modernize their offense in pursuit of a third-straight Big Ten title and more. A national championship is not off the table for Michigan football right now. However, as history has proven, Michigan needs more offensive diversity and a stronger defensive push in playoff games.

“I think we’re definitely going to spark a little more in the pass game this year,” Colston Loveland explained to ON3. “especially building the chemistry. We got J.J. all offseason. I think we’re going to sling it around the yard a little more.”

Smashmouth football has worked well for the Wolverines in Big Ten play, boasting an impressive 19-1 conference record over the past two seasons with consecutive Big Ten titles and wins over Ohio State. Still, the national championship has eluded Jim Harbaugh’s grasp, largely due to offensive breakdowns in 2021 and mistakes in 2022.

As former five-star quarterback JJ McCarthy progresses throughout his junior season in Ann Arbor, Michigan football may have all the tools it needs to take things to the next level, perhaps claiming its first national title since the late 1990s.

This newfound offensive firepower is a reason for excitement in Ann Arbor and a great sign of things to come for the Michigan football offense in 2023.



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