Sun Tzu, in The Art of War, once said "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."
In this context, it is wise to also look to our rivals to know and understand them so that we do not suffer a proverbial defeat as Sun Tzu implies.
This preseason, TTUN has had some misfortune of having some injuries and illnesses befall key members of the OL and the secondary.
First, Jr. DB Ambry Thomas is out indefinitely with ulcerative colitis. He was expected to help replace departed CB's David Long and Brandon Watson (the guy we torched on all of the crossing routes). Soph. DB Vince Gray is expected to take his place. (Source: http://s.mlive.com/GvGjqmK). I have seen what this disease does to friends and acquaintances of mine, and I wouldn't wish this lifelong illness on anyone.
Second, starting RT Andrew Steuber, a RS Soph., will be out indefinitely with a knee injury. He started several games last season, including the game against the Buckeyes. His replacement is Jalen Mayfield, a RS Fr. who was a 4* recruit and was pushing for playing time this year. (Sources: http://s.mlive.com/2BzA3ND, https://wolverineswire.usatoday.com/2019/08/15/michigan-football-right-tackle-andrew-stueber-injury-jalen-mayfield/)
DT Michael Dwomfour is slow to come back from the torn plantar faschia in his foot that hindered him last year and has kept him out of all of the spring (and most of the summer activities) so far. Donovan Jeter is expected to start in his place. (Source: https://wolverineswire.usatoday.com/2019/08/14/michigan-football-defensive-line-shaun-nua-fall-camp/).
All of this is in addition to the loss of RB Chris Evans (academics, LOL).
Only 2 more weeks until the season kicks off! Go Bucks!