Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Michael Onwenu. Freshman Cesar Ruiz has been playing in place of an injured Onwenu, and while Ruiz has done okay, I think Onwenu has reached a point where he’s a solid right guard. Early in the year, he was struggling with his technique and conditioning, but now that he’s worked his way into game shape, he should be capable of playing an entire contest.
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Kareem Walker. Walker is a hit-or-miss guy right now, and his play is normal for a young running back. He has yet to truly adjust to the speed of the college game, and he’s not a speed back who can get the edge whenever he feels like it. He’s a north-south runner who needs to keep his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage, and he was unable to do that on Saturday (7 carries, 23 yards).
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Lavert Hill. Hill missed the second half of Saturday’s game with a concussion, and he was replaced by Brandon Watson, who did fine. But Michigan needs all hands on deck to beat Wisconsin and Ohio State, and that includes Hill, who’s tied for the team lead in passes defended (8) and interceptions (2). Wisconsin is #10 in the Big Ten in yards passing per game, but they’re #2 in passing efficiency.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . the trainer. Lavert Hill, Rashan Gary, David Long, and Mike McCray II all left Saturday’s game with injuries. Most of the injuries seem relatively minor, but the Wolverines are already an underdog in the final two weeks and winning will be made even more difficult if those guys continue to be hampered by nagging physical problems.
Play of the game . . . Brandon Peters’s dumpoff to Karan Higdon for 35 yards. Scrambling out of the pocket with some likelihood of taking a sack, Peters found running back Higdon, who had leaked out of the backfield when he saw his QB in trouble. Higdon caught the ball, dodged a couple tacklers while reversing field, and turned nothing into a 35-yard gain.
MVP of the game . . . Maurice Hurst, Jr. Even though Maryland ended up outgaining Michigan, 340-305, the Michigan defense was the biggest difference between the two teams. Hurst was once again dominant up front and ended the game with 9 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack.
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