In conjunction with our College Football’s Best series, highlighting the top plays, players, highlights, and moments from all 133 teams, we’re here to showcase the best the Michigan Wolverines have had to offer in 2023. Who has stood out? What units are turning heads?
And who from Illinois is among the top mentions in our College Football’s Best series this season?
Michigan Wolverines Best of 2023
At College Football Network, we watch every game. Every player. Every team. And our notebooks are chock full of top players, plays, highlights, and moments. Today, I’m emptying the notebook.
Below, find Michigan’s noteworthy players, groupings, or units, all listed under a different category: good, great, grand, or wonderful. Every team across the country has put forth their best efforts in 2023, and through four weeks of action, those players deserve notoriety for what they’ve put forth this season.
Highlighting the best with a line from the one and only Chris Farley, welcome to this season’s Good, Great, Grand, Wonderful!
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Good: Drake Nugent, C
A huge get in the portal, Drake Nugent has proven his worth to the Wolverines. The former Stanford center has been dominant in pass protection but even better on the ground.
Great: J.J. McCarthy, QB
Accurate and talented with his arm, J.J. McCarthy has taken that proverbial next step it appears. Despite a shaky outing against Bowling Green, he rebounded and performed at a higher level this season than he has throughout his career.
Grand: Blake Corum, RB
Somewhere, Blake Corum just scored another touchdown.
He’s been a touchdown machine this season and despite good blocking in front of him, done enough in space and on his own to prove he’s one of the top backs in the country.
Wonderful: Mike Sainristil, CB
It could be said that we still haven’t seen the best of Mike Sainristil yet. That’s scary because the converted wide receiver has done nothing but turn heads this season and last.
Playing underneath, Sainristil has shown elite instincts and incredible athleticism this season, picking off two passes, returning one for a score, and generally confusing opposing quarterbacks.