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Michigan football sets date for spring game in Ann Arbor

MLive Ann Arbor 2/3/2023 Aaron McMann, mlive.com
A wolverine called Maizen Blue waves to fans during the spring game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 2, 2022. © Neil Blake/mlive.com/TNS A wolverine called Maizen Blue waves to fans during the spring game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, April 2, 2022.

A date is set for Michigan football’s annual spring game, and it’s earlier on the calendar again.

The Wolverines’ open-to-the-public event at Michigan Stadium will take place on Saturday, April 1, the program announced Friday, and expected to serve as the culmination of the team’s yearly spring practice schedule. A two-team, “maize versus blue” format is planned again.

A team spokesman says Michigan is set to begin its spring schedule later this month, on Feb. 20, before taking a one-week hiatus during the university’s scheduled break in classes.

That leaves the entire month of March open to practices for Jim Harbaugh’s team, which has already returned returned to the weight room for winter conditioning.

The event coincides with the ongoing $41 million project to revamp the scoreboards at Michigan Stadium, which are set to be completed in time for the start of the 2023 season.

Michigan is coming another successful season, finishing with a 13-1 record after winning its second straight Big Ten championship and reaching the College Football Playoff again. The Wolverines are set to welcome back plenty of star players, including quarterback J.J. McCarthy, running backs Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards, receiver Cornelius Johnson and several key pieces on defense.

The team, with Harbaugh back at the helm after another offseason interview with an NFL franchise, is positioned to make a run at a third straight Big Ten title this fall.

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