Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Ty Isaac, Chris Evans, and Lavert Hill. WTF? Yeah, I listed two running backs and a cornerback. Michigan needs to think outside the box as they game plan moving forward. Hill was a productive receiver and special teams player in high school, and Michigan should try to get the ball in his hands in limited ways. Put together a package with him as a slot receiver, which would offer a different dimension than running out three or four tight ends. As for Isaac and Evans, they’re better players than guys like Maurice Ways and Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. A couple years ago against Maryland, Michigan trotted out a full house backfield for a stretch. Maybe having Isaac, Evans, and Karan Higdon in the game at the same time isn’t a perfect trio, but two of those guys with Khalid Hill and/or Ben Mason might make for an interesting combination.
Hit the jump for more awards from Saturday’s game.
Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Eddie McDoom if he ain’t runnin’ jet sweeps. The value of McDoom right now is as a jet sweep/end around/reverse threat. If he’s not doing that – even on fakes – then Michigan doesn’t need to be throwing fades to him. He hasn’t proven himself as a downfield receiver yet, and he’s more of a slot receiver, anyway.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Noah Furbush. Against Penn State next weekend, I think a guy like Furbush needs to see the field quite a bit so he can offer some flexibility in pass coverage. Usually when he’s in the game, that means Bryan Mone is not. Mone has a tendency to get winded if he’s on the field for long, and PSU plays with good tempo that could find Mone stuck on the field for extended stretches.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Bryan Mone. See above.
Play of the game . . . Karan Higdon’s 25-yard touchdown run to win the game. His other two touchdowns were nice, as well, but on his game-winner, it looked like he would be stopped for a 3-yard loss. Center Patrick Kugler blocked the wrong way and there was a cluster in the backfield. The small-ish Higdon got lost behind some linemen, and then he bounced it out to the left sideline, outracing Indiana for the deciding score.
MVP of the game . . . Karan Higdon. He ran 25 times for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was pretty consistent throughout the game and managed three plays of 20+ yards (all of which were TDs, from 59, 25, and 22 yards). Ty Isaac (7 carries for 38 yards) played okay and Chris Evans (8 carries for 5 yards) didn’t do anything. Higdon earned the bulk of the carries and did an excellent job with the opportunities.
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