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Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz of The Michigan Insider on 247Sports get together to talk all things related to Michigan football, basketball, recruiting and more.

Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz of The Michigan Insider on 247Sports get together to talk all things related to Michigan football, basketball, recruiting and more.
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Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz of The Michigan Insider on 247Sports get together to talk all things related to Michigan football, basketball, recruiting and more.




Takeaways from Michigan's win over Army

In this episode, we recap the Michigan football team's narrow 24-21, double-overtime victory over Army, handing out two game balls, opining on four lasting takeaways and answering seven questions about the Wolverines.In our game balls, two underclassmen, one on each side of the ball, stood out the most to us to earn recognitions. Listen for more, but both have been highly competitive at positions seen as weaknesses entering the season.In our takeaways, we break down some of our thoughts two...


Michigan-Army preview: What to watch and expect

In this episode, we preview Michigan's Week Two matchup against Army. First, we break down why there is fear over the Wolverines' matchup with a service academy, what makes Army's triple-option, possession-based football so tricky to face and how possible the Black Knights are at pulling off the upset. We then break down how Michigan can counter what Army does offensively, how the Wolverines' coaching staff is more equipped than most to handle Army's offense as well as which defensive...


Recapping Michigan's win over Middle Tennessee

In this episode, we go in-depth with our thoughts on the Michigan football team’s season-opening win over Middle Tennessee, looking at two standout players, four lasting observations and answering seven listener questions. In delivering our game balls, we break down the play of Michigan’s top offensive and defensive player, while also looking at three other candidates who stood out. When looking at our observations, we first take a peek at Michigan’s secondary and running backs corps, and...


Middle Tennessee preview: Five things to watch

In our first game preview episode of the season, we take a look at the Michigan football team's matchup against Middle Tennessee. Given that the Wolverines are heavily favored to beat the Blue Raiders, our five things to watch for are Michigan-specific. First, we discuss how the offense could look and what our approach would be to unveiling the Wolverines' new offense. We also take a look at new starters, and which ones we're the most intrigued to see what they can do. We then look at...


Prediction special 2019: How will Michigan, the rest of the country fare?

In our third annual all-prediction special, Lorenz and Shaw make 40 predictions for the 2019 season about Michigan, its schedule and the 2019 season nationally.First, we look at the Wolverines’ season, predicting who we think will be the team’s leading rusher, leading receiver, leading tackle-for-loss man, who scores the most total touchdown. We also make our predictions for the breakout player, team MVP and top freshmen on both offense and defense. We call our shot on first-team All-Big Ten...


What we learned in fall camp and Harbaugh press conference reaction

Opening the Michigan football team's first game week of the season, we look at Jim Harbaugh's Monday press conference as well as some of our biggest takeaways from fall camp. We begin by looking at redshirt sophomore right tackle Andrew Stueber's season-ending ACL injury, what it means for the Wolverines' offensive line and where Michigan goes from there. We also discuss Harbaugh announcing that Michigan doesn't have a No. 1 running back, his glowing comments about a number of true freshmen...


Five best freshmen in fall camp and listener questions

Continuing our fall camp coverage, we open our show with listener questions about the team, then break down our top five freshmen through three weeks of fall camp. Our questions begin around the team, as we address inquiries on Zach Charbonnet, running back depth, potential additions to the running backs room, receiver depth down the road, defensive backfield depth now, Michigan's new captains and even top tailgating spots in Ann Arbor on game days. Then, we close the show, looking at the...


Breaking down fall camp standouts for Michigan Football

Steve Lorenz of 247Sports breaks down some fall camp standouts for Michigan and touches on the Andrew Stueber injury along with a few recruiting notes and a quick thought on the James Hudson/Jim Harbaugh situation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Eight questions as Michigan's fall camp gets underway

After waiting to hear from Michigan assistants about the first week of fall camp, Lorenz and Shaw do a quasi-preview of the Wolverines' month by breaking down eight questions related to Michigan. First, they look at the Wolverines' potentially precarious running backs situation, respond to Josh Gattis' comments and what to make of Michigan's running backs depth. Then, they proceed to the Wolverines' next-most discussed potential weakness, exploring why Michigan's defensive line might be...


Five lasting thoughts from Big Ten Media Days

Reviewing Michigan's appearance at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, we try to group a number of going-ons into five major categories. First, we look at the national media's ability to blow Jim Harbaugh's comments out of proportion. Though we also discuss some of Harbaugh's shortcomings when tiptoeing a little too close to James Hudson's transfer case, we look into Harbaugh's platform, and what to make of the media storm surrounding his comments on Hudson and Urban Meyer. Next, we focus on...


Ten things to watch at Big Ten Media Days

In a solo episode from Zach Shaw, he previews his coverage at Big Ten Media Days, outlining 10 things that he's watching at the annual event in Chicago. First, he looks at five non-Michigan things that he's watching, previewing what he is expecting to see from new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and his thoughts on the rivalry and taking over a storied program. He also previews one of Jim Delany's final appearances as Big Ten commissioner, briefly looking back at Delany's tenure and what to...


Michigan football mailbag: July 15

In an episode entirely devoted to listener questions, we tackle a number of topics related to Michigan football. First, we look at Michigan's cornerback depth and how it shakes out a couple weeks before fall camp begins. Along the way, we look at the younger members of the Wolverines' secondary, and who could be a dark horse to emerge this season. We also take a. peek at who might start at the safety position opposite Josh Metellus. Then, we look at Shea Patterson, how well he did last...


Underrated players and qualms with the recruiting process

Answering two questions from our listeners, we discuss Michigan football players we feel are underrated along with things we might consider changing about the recruiting process. First, we look at which Wolverines aren't getting enough hype or attention. The list ranged from players stepping into new starting roles, surprise contenders in position battles, players who redshirted last season, who were switching positions or didn't get a fair shake from fans last season. After breaking down...


Reaction to Franz Wagner's commitment and what it means for Michigan

In the wake of German wing Franz Wagner's commitment and signing to play for the Michigan basketball team this upcoming season, we break down what the Wolverines' first commitment under Juwan Howard means for Michigan. First, we look at how good Wagner is, what he's good at, where he can grow his game and how he can improve. We contextualize what can be read from his play in Germany, and how it could translate as a freshman. We also look at his fit, and how critical earning his commitment...


Breaking down Michigan's flurry of post-visit commitments

In this episode, we break down each and every one of Michigan's commitments in the last week and a half, which has totaled 11 pickups. The flurry may continue, but we decided to dig in to the 11 who have pledged. Starting toward the bottom of the 247Sports Composite rankings, we first look at defensive end and son of former NFL lineman Kris Jenkins, Massachusetts athlete Eamonn Dennis, Brooklyn-based VIPER William Mohan and New Jersey defensive end Aaron Lewis. Next, we look at offensive...


Five reasons behind Michigan baseball's epic postseason

Taking a break from our usual rotation of football, basketball and recruiting, this episode is solely focused on the Michigan baseball team, as we break down five reasons behind the Wolverines' epic postseason run to their first College World Series appearance since 1984 and now just their fourth-ever top-four national finish in Omaha. Mixing both macro and micro factors into Michigan's success, we begin by looking at Michigan's impressive recruiting run, and how that has developed under...


Previewing Michigan's monster recruiting weekend

In a recruiting-focused episode, we break down Michigan football's major recruiting visit weekend. Attempting to explore all angles, we begin by looking at the top targets for the Wolverines who are visiting during the weekend — one receiver and one offensive lineman. We then look at the next tier of recruits who will be in town, handicapping some of the recruiting battles that are brewing and other teams to keep an eye on. We also expend out analysis, looking at what's working for Michigan...


2020 recruiting notes and 2019 newcomer breakdown

In this episode, we break down Michigan’s recent recruiting run in the 2020 class, breaking down the Wolverines’ three recent commitments — offensive tackle Zak Zinter, linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green and defensive end Braiden McGregor — and what the trio could bring to Michigan both in a football sense and a recruiting sense. We also look ahead to what could be a busy month and change for the Wolverines’ 2020 class and what to watch for. The second half of the episode is spent looking at...


Reacting to Michigan hiring Juwan Howard as next head coach

In the hours following reports that Miami Heat assistant and former Michigan basketball star Juwan Howard would take over the vacant Wolverines' head-coaching job, we discuss some of our early reactions to the hire. We look at how hiring Howard grades for Michigan and what went into hiring him over other candidates. We also look at the key challenges that Howard faces in his first head-coaching job and first coaching gig in college. We break down some of the early recruiting pushes Howard...


Ranking Michigan football's 10 best players following spring practice

Taking a break from the ongoing discussion about the Michigan basketball team's search for a new head coach, we take a look at the Michigan football team, breaking down Michigan's 10 best players following spring practices and heading into the 2019 offseason. Combining what players have done as well as what their potential is in 2019, we dissect impact players who could carry the Wolverines this fall. First, we take a look at 5-10 names of players who just missed the cut due to a lack of...