UPDATES: Lightning delays kickoff between Michigan and Hawaii – 247Sports

  • September 11, 2022

UPDATE (8:20 p.m.): The gates of Michigan Stadium have reopened and players have taken the field. Kickoff between the Wolverines and Hawaii is scheduled for approximately 9 p.m. 
Previous update follows…
UPDATE (7:25 p.m.): 
Kickoff between Michigan and Hawaii has officially been delayed, U-M announced. Game time will be announced once determined.
Gates to Michigan Stadium remain closed. They will open between 30 minutes and 1 hour prior to the rescheduled game time.  
Original story follows… 
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Lightning has been detected within 10 miles of Michigan Stadium, forcing an interruption to pregame warmups ahead of Michigan vs. Hawaii. 
Stadium officials announced the news at 6:43 p.m. ET. They asked that all players clear the field and all fans exit the seating bowl and head to the concourse. They must remain there for a minimum of 30 minutes; that will be extended if more lightning is detected.
“Due to lightning in the area, we anticipate an extended delay of opening the gates,” U-M authorities said. “We will share more information about the anticipated game time as soon as possible.” 
For fans outside the Stadium, the best shelter location is in your own car/ automobile. Do not approach the Stadium area as entry gates are closed.”
The Michigan football team will host Hawaii under the lights at the Big House on Saturday night. Kickoff time was scheduled for 8:05 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. 
A weather alert issued for Washtenaw County says the following: Heavy rainfall developing in a band of showers and thunderstorms this evening… Heavy rainfall and localized flooding. Wind gusts of 30 mph also possible.
The Week 2 game represents the biggest spread in recorded history, as the Rainbow Warriors arrive to Michigan Stadium following a tumultuous offseason that involved a mass exodus of players into the transfer portal, a State Senate investigation and a coaching change. 
For Hawaii, the question marks start at the quarterback position. Joey Yellen (formerly a backup at Pitt) will start against Michigan; last week, he finished 4-for-11 for 36 yards and an interception against Western Kentucky before he was pulled. The Rainbow Warriors have yet to score a passing touchdown this year, an ignominious start for an offense built around run-and-shoot concepts. 
Dedrick Parson (28 rushes, 120 yards, 2 TDs) is the team’s leading rusher, while two players — Jonah Panoke and Jalen Walthall — have surpassed 100 receiving yards on the young season.
The strength of Hawaii’s offense should be its offensive line. The unit ranked third nationally in returning experience (109 combined starts), per the program. Still, they looked overmatched against a blitz-happy Western Kentucky team last week, and Michigan’s front seven should present a major challenge. 
For Michigan, all eyes will be on J.J. McCarthy, who will be making his first start at quarterback as he makes his bid for the full-time job. But if the game gets out of hand, expect to see backups — Cade McNamara, for one, followed by third- and fourth-stringers at QB and most other positions. 
“You always respect your opponent. You take nothing for granted,” Harbaugh said Monday. But if the opportunity presents itself?
“Right now we’ve got over 100 on the roster that have played in games. I’d like to set a record there. I’d like to get to 120 or 130,” Harbaugh said.
“Hopefully we can get everybody — everybody playing football. That makes the team better, makes them better. Great for the morale of the team. Everybody wants to play. See how many we can get. Hopefully we’re in that position. You don’t know if we’ll be in that position or not, but if we ever are, we’re gonna get as many guys in there as we can.”
Michigan already set a program record against Colorado State with six tight ends making at least one reception. (That’s Erick All, Luke Schoonmaker, Max Bredeson, Matt Hibner, Hunter Neff and Colston Loveland, for those keeping track at home.) And 19 players made their U-M debuts last week, including several freshmen.
Stay tuned to this post for more updates. This story was last updated at 7:25 p.m. 
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