Former Michigan football players stood out in the first NFL game of the season, plus more facility upgrades, and more Michigan Wolverines news.
Michigan football has gotten some crazy upgrades to its facilities in recent years, including a new scoreboard and some other updates to the Big House.
But now, it’s been announced that the Michigan Wolverines will be investing another $14 million into renovations that will impact the Michigan football team, as well as the Michigan men’s and women’s basketball teams.
"“Moving forward, in terms of facility work, we will be doing a renovation of the football locker room”, Brian Kegler, Executive Associate Director of Development at the University of Michigan said on the Conquering Heroes podcast with Jon Jansen. “Probably after the season we’ll get moving on that – that’s a $14 million project. In addition, the Men’s and Women’s and basketball locker rooms, and renovation will start after the season for those respective sports.”"
The project should be completed within a decade. New facilities are always a positive thing for recruiting, but as some have pointed out, the $14 million would probably be better spent on some sort of NIL infrastructure, but that’s not really the way these things tend to work.
Michigan Wolverines stand out in NFL opener
The eyes of Michigan football fans were on Aidan Hutchinson on Thursday night as the former Michigan Wolverines legend was leading the Detroit Lions against the Kansas City Chiefs.
As it turned out, Hutch and the Lions won the game 21-20, thanks to a late touchdown run. However, it was another former Michigan Wolverines EDGE that notched the first sack of the NFL season as Mike Danna took down Jared Goff in the second quarter.
Hutch still got the last laugh and he’s been part of the culture change for the Lions, who are looking ready for one of the best seasons in franchise history.
A Michigan football alum signs an extension
Speaking of Wolverines in the NFL, Josh Metellus, a former starting safety for Michigan football, signed a contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday.
Metellus has played over 900 snaps the past three seasons for Minnesota on special teams, although he had three starts and an interception on defense in 2022. He was also named the captain of the Vikings’ special teams.
Metellus was originally a sixth-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL draft.