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Michigan football will begin spring practices Monday, a program spokesperson confirmed with the Free Press on Tuesday afternoon.
The start date is earlier than in previous years. In 2020, the Wolverines were scheduled to begin spring practices on March 17, although they were all canceled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, U-M's first spring practice took place on March 18.
Michigan will be able to have 15 total spring practices. Currently, there is no anticipated end date for spring football. The Wolverines did not say whether there are plans to conclude the spring period with a scrimmage at Michigan Stadium, as has been the case in years past.
Regardless of the set up, these spring practices will be a crucial period for the Wolverines, who are coming off a 2-4 season and will be implementing a new defense under first-time defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald.
Macdonald is one of five new assistant coaches who were hired this offseason, joining running backs coach Mike Hart, receivers coach Ron Bellamy, co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist and safeties coach George Helow. Additionally, Sherrone Moore — previously the tight ends coach — took over as offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator, while Jay Harbaugh is now the tight ends and special teams coach.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan football is almost back: Spring practices to begin Monday