Without Andy Shippy, my Michigan Wolverines football articles would be articles. I’d like to think that my writing is OK, but Shippy’s photographs add so much life to my work. With that said, I’ll now be posting the best of his stuff every Sunday, focusing on the photos that followers want the most.
The quirky Jim Harbaugh photos. The helmet tributes to injured players. The unheralded guys who rarely see the field — those, I believe, are the images that Wolverines fans enjoy the most. The ones that portray everyone and everything — from the band to the cheerleaders — that compose Michigan football.
This week’s selections — from No. 4-ranked Michigan’s 14-7 win over No. 8-ranked Wisconsin — are as follows (with the cut-lines done by me, of course).
This is what happens when Jim Harbaugh listens to Jay Harbaugh. Following the game, quarterback Wilton Speight joked about how he hoped the formation would confuse defenses. Ryan Glasgow, a defensive tackle, laughed about facing the crazy set in practice.
The senior has one quick start to 2016, already leading the Wolverines with three interceptions. Shippy does a great job of showing Stribling’s aggressive coverage tendencies — the approach that led to two picks versus Wisconsin.
Greg Mattison, the defensive line coordinator, deserves plenty of attention for the job he’s done during the past five years with Michigan’s front four. Along with Don Brown, Mattison continues to develop another juggernaut. The Wolverines have arguably the best defensive line in the country. This photo shows Brown communicating the game plan versus the Badgers.
Depending on your stance, this photo could mean a lot of things. It’s obviously not a handoff in the sense of quarterback to running back — it’s indicative of something else. At least to me… because to me, it represents Michigan’s blend of veteran leadership and incredible young talent.
An experienced guy passing the torch? Go with that.
Khalid Hill, a fifth-year senior fullback, celebrates with true freshman Chris Evans. Hill leads the Wolverines with five touchdowns (on just 18 rushing yards) and Evans is one of the team’s most exciting athletes.
Evans Strikes a Pose?
Maybe it was unintentional? Or maybe Chris Evans wanted to throw the stiff-arm because he knew Shippy would be there to photograph? Either way, great shot. Nice move by Evans, too.
Watch Wilton Move
Redshirt sophomore quarterback has flashed the fancy footwork during the past two games. Here he is evading another tackle and extending a play.
People like to see Harbaugh arguing with officials.
Because people like to see Harbaugh’s look while he’s immersed in deep thought.
Shane Morris gets reps as a run-first QB these days…
Jets, jumpers from the sky. The air above The Big House is a popular place during pregame in Ann Arbor.
The Michigan band and cheer squads make up large parts of the Saturday atmosphere. Fall, football and “Hail to the Victors” says it all in Ann Arbor.