More than 60,000 members of the Michigan community saw a familiar sight on Saturday—Wolverines back on the Big House turf, preparing for the upcoming season during the spring football game.

One notable Wolverine stood out among the student-athletes on the field. Wearing no pads or winged helmet, head football coach Jim Harbaugh was in the middle of the action, directing his team’s first public performance. “He’s fiery, and he’s crazy, like me,” Safety Jabrill Peppers told “We definitely get along very well.”

“He’s a very enthusiastic guy. It helps us come to practice every day with energy,” said quarterback Shane Morris. “If we come to practice one day flat, we know it won’t be a good practice.”

The 40-minute scrimmage ended with a 7-0 victory for the Blue team over the Maize team. Junior quarterback Shane Morris threw the lone touchdown of the game to sophomore receiver Jaron Dukes. Morris was 11 of 24 for 135 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

After months of speculation, Morris is now leading the battle to start at QB among U-M’s eight signal callers in the fall. (For information on regular season ticket pricing, see the sidebar below.)

“If I looked at it over all of spring ball, Shane would be ahead,” Harbaugh said in a post-game press conference. “The competition will rage on, though, starting tomorrow. Through April, into May, June, July and August.” 

The first 1,500 members to visit Alumni Association booths at Michigan Stadium received complimentary cinch bags commemorating Harbaugh’s No. 4 jersey.

The game provided an early opportunity for alumni to celebrate the Maize and Blue. The Alumni Association showed its support at Michigan Stadium—and handed out gear to members. Helen Harding, director of annual giving and membership, spoke with the Big Ten Network about her experience working for and being a member of the Alumni Association. (See the video below.)

The Big Ten Network’s Sue Ann Roback interviewed Harding during the game.

“I love that I get to have the pride every day,” Harding said of being a life member. “I enjoy being connected to the U, and my way of doing it is through the Alumni Association.

2015 Single Game Football Ticket Pricing

The Athletic Department announced individual ticket prices for the 2015 football season. The individual game football tickets are priced to allow fans to select the game and seat location that best fits their individual preference.

Game Date End Zone Maize/Blue Victors/Valiant
Oregon State Sept. 12 $80 $90 $100
UNLV Sept. 19 $55 $65 $75
Brigham Young Sept. 26 $80 $90 $100
Northwestern (HC) Oct. 10 $75 $85 $95
Michigan State Oct. 17 $95 $105 $115
Rutgers Nov. 7 $65 $75 $85
Ohio State Nov. 28 $95 $105 $115

To see a seating chart of different sections and pricing, head over to MGoBlue.

What are you most excited for after the first taste of football in Ann Arbor?