Of the 23-member class, 17 made the trip to Arlington and dressed out for Saturday's game, with one - cornerback Marco Wilson - starting the game.
McElwain gave no indication of what he might do at quarterback for next week's home game against Northern Colorado, saying only that "we'll sit down and take a look at it". They play four-quarter football.
There were some mistakes, but also some promising play by Wilson, Henderson and Davis.
After a dismal second quarter when Florida scored twice on interception returns, the Wolverines snapped back in the second half to win, 33-17, before 75,802 at AT&T Stadium on Saturday afternoon. That score would hold through the end of the first half, through what would prove to be the pivotal moment of the night, when Francois fired into the end zone to Nyqwan Murray and Tony Brown got away with a clear pass interference. And when he does, he motions toward the sideline, as if to signal, "Hey, I'm backing off the line". And yet in saying that, those guys will learn a ton from this. So we've got to do some things that way to help. Yes, they are that good.
"What they did and what they sacrificed and what they were able to - age is irrelevant", Harbaugh said. "They did a pretty decent job".
After the game, it looked like despite the massive turnover, MI was still the same team as last season. "I thought Malik might come in and give us a little change of pace at that point". Communication. That was a big key to the game.
"I can't point my finger at the offense", Dawson said. "I wouldn't say that".
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"You know, plain and simple, take your whooping", McElwain said. Both of those became field goals for the Wolverines. That might come as a surprise, given what MI lost to the NFL Draft, but the Wolverines have depth on the defensive line and a returning starter at quarterback.
The Wolverines went three and out. He missed two attempts wide right in the fourth quarter, one of those from 52 yards.
Another turnover by the Gators on the next drive - Feleipe Franks dropped the ball while scrambling - led to Nordin drilling a 50-yarder to make it 26-17. "And that was an opportunity".
The Wolverines pitched a second half shutout, outscoring the Gators 20-0. "We always going to apply pressure". And that's what he did for the SEC Network.
Florida on the other hand was coming into this game a little empty handed.
Redshirt freshman kicker Quinn Nordin was 4-for-6 on field-goal attempts - he made his first four - including kicks of 55 and 50 yards to become the first MI kicker with two made kicks of 50 yards or more in a game.
The Michigan Wolverines were looking to start off the season on a good note.