The 2024 Season Countdown is Coming!

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3Apr 2024
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The 2024 Season Countdown is Coming!

Every year since 2009, I have counted down from the least important player on that year’s roster to the most important player, including starters, scholarship players, preferred walk-ons, special teams players, student body walk-ons, and everyone in between.

In case you want a look back at last year’s list, here it is (LINK). Michigan was very lucky to keep its top players healthy, including #1 overall J.J. McCarthy, who is poised to be a top-10 draft pick here in a few weeks.

YEARLY DISCLAIMER: The countdown is by the player’s importance to the team, not his overall talent. A talented player at a deep position won’t necessarily be missed a lot if he gets injured, but an injury to a moderately talented player at a thin position could be devastating. For example, I had cornerback Ambry Thomas ranked at #2 in 2020 because he was the team’s only proven cornerback. Naturally, he opted out of the season and the team as a whole was an unmitigated disaster. Meanwhile, first round pick Kwity Paye was #6 because more talent was returning on the defensive line.

Another thing to note is the transfer portal, which causes players to jump in and out with more frequency than in the past. So despite my having a list already put together, there are going to be guys who enter and leave the program in the interceding months between now and August.

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17Jan 2024
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Top 10 Posts of 2023

Donovan Edwards

I meant to post this at the beginning of the month, but you know, Michigan’s exciting activities in the Rose Bowl and then the national championship distracted me. I don’t think many other people care, but it’s always good for me to review the numbers to see what kind of content people like the most. Year after year, the most viewed posts primarily consist of post-game discussions.

So here are the top ten posts of 2023, including links to the posts (the Blogger versions) in case you want to go back and discuss:

  1. Michigan 45, Nebraska 7
  2. Michigan 52, Indiana 7
  3. Preview: Michigan vs. Bowling Green
  4. Michigan 30, Ohio State 24
  5. Michigan 49, Michigan State 0
  6. Michigan 41, Purdue 13
  7. Michigan 24, Penn State 15
  8. Michigan 52, Minnesota 10
  9. 2023 Season Countdown: #13 Donovan Edwards
  10. 2023 Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 4
1Jan 2024
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Happy New Year!

I know this is a day late, but it’s 2024 now and we all have a chance to make some changes. I’ve never been a big proponent of New Year’s resolutions, but I did want to share some of the things I’ve been doing for personal and physical health. Some of these are not new – in fact, most of them aren’t – but I have started to refocus on some of these items.

I’m also wondering what some of you are doing. Perhaps we can learn from each other.


For the past few years, I have mostly switched to a low-carb diet. Chips, cookies, bread, even potatoes have largely gone away. I did have some Doritos at a holiday party and had my fair share of Christmas cookies over the past couple weeks. But aside from special occasions like holidays and maybe family birthdays, I stay away from sweets and junk food.

I had already been leaning in this direction, but for the month of January, I signed up for Dr. Paul Saladino’s “Animal Based 30” challenge, which is an attempt to eat an animal-based diet for 30 days. I tend to tolerate animal protein better than plant proteins – which make me bloated and flatulent – so I’m buying into eating whole foods that are either animal proteins, fruit, or limited dairy products.

What I ate today:

  • LUNCH: Two grass-fed burgers with cheddar cheese and one piece of dark chocolate (a Christmas gift)
  • DINNER: 12 oz. flank steak cooked in a tablespoon of butter, 1 avocado, 2 teaspoons of honey, 1 oz. goat cheese

Supplements I take on a daily basis:

  • 360-480 mg of magnesium glycinate for sleep and preventing cramps (LINK)
  • 3-6 pills of grass fed bovine colostrum (LINK)
  • 6 pills of desiccated liver (LINK)
  • 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3, plus K2 (LINK)


Again, I’ve always been a frequent visitor to the gym – except during COVID when the gym was closed, which sucks – so the 1st of the year sucks, because the gym suddenly gets packed for about a month. But over the past week or so, I’ve changed up my workout routine. I was somewhat stuck in a rut, so I’ve changed to the concept of doing a single set to failure of various exercises. Yes, just one set of the following exercises. Occasionally, I’ll throw in some other exercises, but these are my staples:

  • Biceps curls
  • Hammer curls
  • Skull crushers
  • Incline bench press
  • Lateral raises
  • Bent over rows
  • Leg extensions
  • Goblet squats
  • Calf raises

My warmup includes 5-8 minutes of walking on a treadmill at 3 mph at a 15-degree incline. And I try to finish each lifting session with 60 seconds hanging from a bar, pushing a sled, and/or a farmer’s carry with 75- or 80-pound dumbbells for 60 seconds. After that I do a sauna session for 15-20 minutes, during which I read a book and sometimes stretch.

I try to do this routine 3-4 times a week. If I have time to go to the gym more, I usually make it an easier day with more walking at an incline and/or more time in the sauna.


This has been the biggest change for me in the past couple years. I’ve mentioned this once or twice before, but the last 1.5 years have been pretty hellish on a personal level. They say whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so I guess I’m a stronger person now. But lots of crazy things have happened, to the point that I could probably write a book. Very few of them have had to do with me, but mostly with people close to me – which means I’ve spent way too much time talking to doctors, lawyers, police officers, detectives, and others. It’s been a lifetime’s worth of drama in the span of about 18 months.

How have I dealt with it?

  • Exercise (see above). Walking helps a lot, but I also feel a lot better and more relaxed after I lift and/or sit in the sauna.
  • Journal. I had to learn to be careful not to just rehash events, but to try to tap into writing down my thoughts about what was happening. I also try to include things I’m grateful for, which is important when it seems like a lot is going wrong.
  • Therapy. Every couple weeks for the last several months, I spend an hour with a therapist. Just like with the journal, though, I want to encourage you to go to therapy with a plan. It’s very easy to go in and just vent or run through events – and sometimes you need that – but I find it’s a lot more helpful to look inward and figure out why I feel certain things rather than focusing on what’s happening around me. I’m probably past the point now where I think therapy is absolutely necessary, but there was a time where the therapy sessions probably stopped me from flipping out on someone.

Anyway, these are all some ways I’ve learned to take care of myself. I’m physically stronger now on many lifts than I ever have been, and I’ve fixed some minor health issues I had with my bloodwork (low vitamin D, high triglycerides, etc.). After diving into the nutrition and health space pretty heavily over the past few years, it’s been truly life changing to figure out how much my health can be altered by specifically targeting issues with diet, exercise, sleep, etc.

What are you doing to take care of yourself?

(I swear I won’t judge anyone who is doing a New Year’s Resolution. They’ve just never worked for me as an individual, but we’re all different.)

31Dec 2022
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Site News: 2022 Year in Review

(image via Pinterest)

Here are the posts that garnered the most comments in 2022:

  1. Michigan 41, Penn State 17
  2. Michigan 31, Indiana 10
  3. Goodbye, Chris Hinton, Jr.
  4. Michigan 45, Ohio State 23
  5. Michigan 34, Nebraska 3
  6. Michigan 34, Maryland 27
  7. Preview: Michigan vs. Illinois
  8. Michigan vs. Maryland Awards
  9. Preview: Michigan vs. Michigan State
  10. Preview of 2023 In-State Recruiting: #1-5

As usual, the post-game threads generally garner the most attention. But there was also a lively discussion when saying goodbye to Chris Hinton, Jr.

Happy Holidays!

7Nov 2022
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Site News: Post-Season 2022

I would just like to take a moment to thank all of you for sticking around through the thick and thin – particularly thin – content so far this season. My high school football team’s season disappointingly ended this past weekend, but on a personal and professional level, this was one of the most time-consuming seasons I’ve experienced.

I won’t go into all the reasons that it was difficult, but I feel like I learned a lot and grew as both a person and coach. I encountered things this season that I’ve never come across as a coach, and I value new experiences greatly.

My game plan going back years and years is to post new content on a daily basis, and unfortunately, I was not able to live up to that standard throughout this season. There have been days/nights where I haven’t had time to write and still only got four or five hours of sleep. But again, I’m a better person for what has happened this fall. Going forward into our off-season – and the remainder of Michigan’s season – I hope to once again get back to more frequent and consistent content.

Thanks again for reading! Go Blue!