Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Ronnie Bell. The freshman wide receiver is making plays when given the opportunity. He caught a long touchdown pass from Dylan McCaffrey a couple weeks ago, and this week he caught a crossing route from Shea Patterson that turned into a catch-and-run touchdown. Michigan needs to keep the receivers healthy, so it’s good that Bell is getting some snaps so he (and others) can be available down the stretch.
Hit the jump for the rest of the awards.
Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Karan Higdon. Higdon has 55 carries over the past two weeks. Much has been made of his having bulked up this off-season, but it’s rare these days for a guy to be getting 27.5 carries a game. The Wolverines don’t have a lot of depth at running back, so I would like to see them pull back a little on Higdon in a game that was headed toward being a 42-21 victory.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Brandon Watson. Watson has already been getting a lot of snaps, so I’m not really asking for him to play a ton more. But he has been playing as good as, or better than, the starting cornerbacks for the Wolverines. His 46-yard interception return for a touchdown was nice, but Watson was already doing a great job before that. With the way he has played this season, it will be curious to see whether the NFL takes an interest in him next year.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . the trainer. Michigan’s defensive line has been beaten up this year (Rashan Gary, Luiji Vilain, Aubrey Solomon, Carlo Kemp, and Michael Dwumfour have all missed time). There are always going to be injuries, but Michigan has had more than its fair share at that position group.
Play of the game . . . Ben Mason’s 15-yard catch. There were some great plays on Saturday (Ronnie Bell’s touchdown, Donovan Peoples-Jones’s touchdown, Brandon Watson’s pick-six, etc.), but not much beats watching a 6’4″, 254 lb. fullback hurdle a safety.
6’3″, 254 lbs going up and over.
Ben Mason is a BEAST. pic.twitter.com/7O72M7P8gi
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 6, 2018
MVP of the game . . . Shea Patterson. I feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but this guy keeps getting better and better with the guys around him. He was 19/27 for 282 yards (10.4 yards/attempt), 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. A couple of his touchdowns came on plays where he scrambled to keep the play alive. Of players with 100+ passing attempts in a season at Michigan, Patterson is currently #1 in completion percentage at 68.8. Next is Todd Collins (65.3% in 1992) and #3 is none other than Jim Harbaugh (65% in 1986). It’s possible that we’re watching the best-ever Michigan quarterback.
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