Preview: Michigan at Michigan State

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28Oct 2016
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Preview: Michigan at Michigan State

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RUSH OFFENSE vs. MICHIGAN STATE RUSH DEFENSE

Michigan is #11 in rushing (257 yards/game) and #18 in yards per carry (5.47). Leading rusher Chris Evans is questionable this week after suffering a concussion last Saturday. so things are very likely to be left to starter De’Veon Smith (412 yards), Ty Isaac (332), and breakout running back Karan Higdon (359). Up front, Michigan rolled with (from left to right) Ben Braden, Ben Bredeson, Mason Cole, Kyle Kalis, and Erik Magnuson last week. The Wolverines have suffered injuries on the left side and it’s been a bit of a revolving door between three players (Braden, Bredeson, and Juwann Bushell-Beatty), so watching those players matched up against Michigan State’s Malik McDowell will be one concern for Michigan fans. McDowell leads the squad with 5 tackles for loss and stands sixth on the team with 32 tackles. The leading tacklers are safety Montae Nicholson (6’2″, 219 lbs.) and linebacker Chris Frey (6’2″, 227), each with 57. The Spartans will run mostly a 4-3 Over front. Outside of McDowell, nobody in the front seven should be particularly intimidating, but Nicholson is really good at supporting the run and hits like a linebacker. The Spartans are #66 in rush defense and #57 in yards allowed per rush.
Advantage: Michigan

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27Oct 2016
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Kwity Paye, Wolverine

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Warwick (RI) Bishop Hendricken DE Kwity Paye (image via TheWolverine)

Warwick (RI) Bishop Hendricken defensive end Kwity Paye flipped his commitment from Boston College to Michigan.

Paye is listed at 6’4″, 235 lbs. and claims a 4.75 forty. As a junior in 2015, he made 68 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 blocked field goal; he also carried the ball 19 times for 244 yards (12.8 yards/carry) and 8 touchdowns. This season he has 23 carries for 422 yards (18.3 yards/carry) and 6 scores.

RATINGS
ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #26 WDE
Rivals: 3-star, #40 WDE
Scout: 3-star, #70 DE
247 Sports: 3-star, 86 grade, #42 WDE, #806 overall

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26Oct 2016
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Scout: Recruiting Breakdown – Michigan vs. MSU

Allen Trieu looks at how Michigan and Michigan State’s recruiting have matched up over the last several years (LINK). Even if you don’t care about star rankings and such, it’s still a bit of a trip down memory lane to see some of the in-state names and recruiting battles we’ve seen in the last five years.

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26Oct 2016
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Taylor Lewan

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Taylor Lewan (#77)

Despite losing 34-26 to the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan had an exciting day with his first NFL touchdown. On a tackle-eligible play, he caught a pass from Marcus Mariota and ran into the end zone (LINK since embedding is unavailable). Dedicated Michigan fans, though, may remember that Lewan scored a touchdown in a Michigan uniform, too, when he recovered a Denard Robinson fumble in the end zone:

HONORABLE MENTION

  • New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 19/26 passes for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 27-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Brady’s teammate, NT Alan Branch, made 3 tackles and 1 forced fumble in that 27-16 win over the Steelers
  • Seattle Seahawks DE Frank Clark made 5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1 forced fumble in a 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals
  • Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham made 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble in a 21-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings

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