Wolverines preview fall football with spring rehearsal

Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — With so many vacancies, particularly on Michigan’s defense, the spring game on Saturday at Michigan Stadium will offer a first look at what is to come this fall.

The game at 1 p.m. is free and open to the public and will be preceded by the Michigan-Ohio State men’s lacrosse game at 10:30 a.m. at the stadium. The spring game will be televised tape-delayed on BTN at 3 p.m. and carried live locally on WWJ AM-950 and in Ann Arbor on WTKA AM-1050.

This, however, will not conclude Michigan’s spring practices, as the Wolverines will travel to Rome, Italy at the end of the month for an educational opportunity in addition to three spring practices.

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Michigan’s defense is looking to replace 10 starters, but the offense has holes to fill, as well, particularly on the offensive line, which is down three starters.

The coaches have said they have seen plenty of ambitious work during the spring practices as players vie for those numerous starting spots.

“I think that’s a natural thing when a lot of positions at the top of the depth chart have graduated,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said this week. “There’s hungry guys behind them that maybe have been sitting for a year, maybe two and know this is their opportunity to claim a starting position or a backup role or a contributing role.”

Michigan spring game

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor

TV / radio: Big Ten Network (delayed at 3 p.m.) / WWJ 950, WTKA 1050

Admission: Free