When did Wolverines know it would be special season? Depends who you ask

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor —Tracing how Michigan launched itself from a preseason nobody to the No. 2 seed in the four-team College Football Playoff is easy. That’s tangible. But asking players when they knew the season was becoming something special, well, that generates varying responses from different outlooks.

Here’s a quick recap: The Wolverines, coming off a 2-4 season, were not among any preseason top-25 rankings. No one knew what first-year defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald could accomplish with his group or how Cade McNamara would progress as starting quarterback. They preached they would be a physical, run-first offense, and that they have been.

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