Preview: Michigan vs. Rutgers

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6Nov 2015
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Preview: Michigan vs. Rutgers

Rush Offense vs. Rutgers Rush Defense

Michigan is middle-of-the-pack at #64 with 175 yards/game on the ground, and their yards per carry is #64 also (4.37 average). It is a consistent struggle to get yards on the ground. Starting tailback De’Veon Smith (405 yards, 4.3 yards/carry, 4 TD) has been hobbled with an ankle sprain for several weeks. Backup Drake Johnson (183 yards, 5.1 yards/carry, 2 TD) is rounding into form after tearing his ACL last year, and it would be nice to see him supplant Smith as the primary ball carrier. Regardless, Michigan is over halfway through the regular season, and the rushing totals are fairly meager. Redshirt sophomore Ty Isaac (205 yards, 6.8 yards/carry, 1 TD) has looked promising at times, but he was held out of last week’s game due to an “internal matter.” Rutgers is #55 in rush defense (156 yards allowed/game), but their 4.65 yards against/carry is #90 nationally. Redshirt junior middle linebacker Steve Longa leads the team with 91 tackles, followed by fifth year senior SAM Quentin Gause with 71. Gause leads the team with 9 tackles for loss, while Longa and defensive end Quanzell Lambert each have 4 this year; the team is #74 nationally in TFLs. I haven’t really seen a reason to believe that Michigan can run against a decent rush defense.
Advantage: Rutgers

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4Nov 2015
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Recruiting Update: November 4, 2015

McKeesport (PA) McKeesport athlete Khaleke Hudson

McKeesport (PA) McKeesport safety Khaleke Hudson was offered by Michigan. Hudson is a 5’11”, 200 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #40 outside linebacker, and #391 overall. He is committed to play in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Hudson is one of those kids who stands out because of his physicality more than his pure speed or athleticism, although he does have some of those skills as well. Michigan is recruiting him as an “athlete” and he falls into the same category of someone like Devin Gil, a current Michigan commit who might be too slow for safety and too small for linebacker. Penn State and West Virginia are also heavily in the mix for Hudson. McKeesport regularly produces FBS talent, perhaps the biggest of whom in recent years was Delvon Simmons in the class of 2011.

Wayne (NJ) De Paul running back Kareem Walker decommitted from Ohio State. He’s a 6’1″, 210 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #1 running back, and #34 overall. Walker had committed to Ohio State in January, but he started to have second thoughts this fall. He did take a visit to Michigan and said that cornerback Jabrill Peppers is like his big brother, so Michigan obviously has some things in its favor. However, Walker said that he wants to take other visits, so Michigan is not a slam dunk choice. The Wolverines are in the market for a bona fide running back since the current roster options are somewhat underwhelming, and Southfield (MI) Southfield running back Matt Falcon is no longer considered a football commit. De Paul is also the home of defensive end Quayshon Alexander (Nebraska) and offensive guard Thiyo Lukusa (Michigan State), although the latter is a transfer from Traverse City, Michigan.

Brunswick (GA) Glynn cornerback DeeJay Dallas was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’0″, 170 lb. prospect who committed to Georgia in July; he also has offers from Auburn, Florida, and South Carolina, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #26 athlete, and #258 overall. Dallas is a speedy, compact athlete who looks like a corner or maybe a safety. He has good speed and strength for an underclassman, and I could see him as a potential replacement for Jabrill Peppers at that nickel corner spot if he were to reconsider his commitment.

Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge defensive back DeAngelo Gibbs was offered by Michigan. He’s a 6’2″, 204 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Oregon, and USC, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 5-star, the #1 cornerback, and #4 overall. His offer from Michigan came a couple weeks ago, although it looks like I forgot to include it in the last update or two. He moves very well and could play cornerback, safety, or wide receiver at the next level. With his current size, it seems like he might outgrow the cornerback position, so I’m guessing he ends up at safety. Georgia is the favorite, but they are having some struggles on the field. Gibbs is looking at visiting Michigan for the Ohio State game on November 28th.

Hit the jump for a couple more new offers, some guys who committed elsewhere, and some random bits.

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3Nov 2015
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 9

Dallas Crawford (#25)

Former CB Blake Countess: Countess had 5 tackles, 1 pass breakup, and 1 interception in Auburn’s 27-19 loss to Ole Miss. That’s Countess’s first interception since the 2013 season.

Former CB commit Dallas Crawford: Crawford made 5 tackles and had 1 kickoff return for 1 yard in Miami’s 30-27 win over Duke. He was also a part of Miami’s kickoff return unit that used 8 laterals to score on the final play of the game. You can see him here fielding the kickoff to start it off, and then the former high school QB throws the final lateral across the field. Hit the jump for the video and the rest of the updates:

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2Nov 2015
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ESPN 300 for 2016 updated

Ben Bredeson is the #58 prospect in the country

The ESPN 300 for 2016 was updated last week (LINK). Here’s what it looked like back in June (LINK). Movement for Michigan commits:

– Ben Bredeson dropped from #56 to #58
– Brandon Peters jumped from #152 to #92
– Michael Onwenu jumped from #255 to #174
– Brad Hawkins, Jr. fell from #191 to #196
– Ahmir Mitchell fell from #211 to #217

1. Rashan Gary – DT – NJ
2. Greg Little – OT – TX
4. Ed Oliver – DT – TX (Houston)
5. Willie Allen – OT – LA
6. Levonta Taylor – CB – VA (Florida State)
8. Dexter Lawrence – DT – NC
10. Isaac Nauta – TE – FL
12. Lyndell Wilson – LB – AL

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2Nov 2015
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Michigan vs. Minnesota Awards

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . 
Drake Johnson. Much like last year, it seems like Drake Johnson (10 carries, 55 yards) is the only guy who can infuse life into the running game right now. For whatever reason, Ty Isaac and Karan Higdon did not participate in Saturday’s game, and Derrick Green (3 carries, 4 yards) is still just a guy. Meanwhile, starter De’Veon Smith (9 carries, 16 yards) is just limping along at this point. I’m unimpressed with Michigan’s options at the position, but there isn’t anyone new coming through the door just yet.

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