Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Ty Isaac. I hit on it last week when Isaac had 114 yards, and the Michigan coaching staff listened. Can you guys believe Jay Harbaugh reads this blog? I’m honored and humbled . . . Really, though, Isaac ran 20 times for 133 yards in this one and is averaging 8.0 yards a carry this year. So far he has been the best back on the team, and Michigan should continue riding him until Chris Evans and/or Karan Higdon step up their performances.
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Michael Onwenu. I was not impressed with Onwenu’s effort on Saturday, and I do mean effort. There were several times where he just leaned on guys and expected them to move. That’s not how it works on college. He also made some mental mistakes with, oh, which way to block and whom he should block. Michigan has other options at offensive guard, and I’m curious to see whether someone else gets a chance.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Angry Rashan Gary. Some people were surprised that I wasn’t hopping on the Rashan Gary bandwagon over the summer, but he has yet to be extremely impressive for any long stretches. Don’t get me wrong – I think he’s good. But he’s not truly dominant right now. He made 3 tackles and 1 quarterback hurry on Saturday (even though I think he should have been given a couple QB hurries), but he seemed to play better once he was investigated for targeting. He was found not guilty, but for the next few plays, he was right in Hayden Moore’s face. He doesn’t appear to be a really fiery guy, but maybe he needs to find a way to get pissed off so he can play at his highest level.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Michael Wroblewski. Wroblewski didn’t do anything wrong, but I really hope one of the freshman linebackers steps up his play soon so the team can prepare for the departures of Mike McCray and Wroblewski. Wroblewski’s just a guy. Joshua Ross has already burned his redshirt, so maybe he’s the most likely guy.
Let’s see more of this guy on special teams . . . Grant Perry. Donovan Peoples-Jones was both indecisive and risky at punt returner, so give me more of Perry, who can at least fair catch the ball.
Let’s see less of this guy on special teams . . . Will Hart. Hart averaged 39.2 yards per punt on Saturday, and that included two shanks that went out of bounds. I’ve heard Brad Robbins had a solid fall camp, so I hope he gets a shot.
Play of the game . . . Lavert Hill’s pick-six. It’s tough to tell from the TV angles, but based on context clues, it sure looks to me like Hill baited Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore into throwing the ball there. Not only did he make the pick, but he then showed some speed and vision by cutting across the field to return it for a touchdown. If he can start to replicate the playmaking ability he showed in high school, he’s going to be very exciting.
MVP of the game . . . Mason Cole. When Michigan needed to run, they ran behind left tackle Mason Cole. The defense blew some assignments, the passing game was inconsistent, and the right side of the line struggled, but Cole did well for the most part. He may not be an elite player at his position, but he’s very consistent and dependable.
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