Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Dylan McCaffrey. We have seen Penn State use two quarterbacks on the field at the same time with some effectiveness in recent years, and they also let running backs take direct snaps on occasion. I would like to see the Wolverines give McCaffrey a couple plays on the field with Shea Patterson, like they did briefly against Wisconsin. McCaffrey is a good enough athlete to do a few different things (run, catch, and throw).
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . that guy who fumbles. Chris Evans coughed one up on the 7-yard line that led to Michigan State’s only touchdown, and Karan Higdon fumbled once, too, but luckily it rolled out of bounds. This offense isn’t good enough to make turnovers against solid teams.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Rashan Gary. There has been much consternation about whether Gary will return this season or not. He has missed the last three games due to a shoulder injury, and reports late last week suggested he was perhaps going to give it a go against MSU. He didn’t, though, and people are wondering if he’ll take the Nick Bosa route and just turn his focus to preparing for the NFL. I hope he plays more this season. I think if people are being honest, they would expect more than 20 tackles for loss and 8 sacks for the entire college career of 2016’s #1 overall recruit. But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . that guy who throws the flags. Michigan is #111 in penalty yardage (73.4 yards/game) and #106 in number of penalties (7.8 per game). They’re also #86 in opponent penalty yardage (51.4 yards/game) and tied for #93 in opponent penalties (5.6 per game).
Play of the game . . . Shea Patterson’s 79-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones. Peoples-Jones only had one catch, but he made it count. He outran Michigan State’s corner, high-stepped out of a tackle attempt, and Paul Bunyaned in the end zone. It was a beautiful thing.
October 20th, 2018: Shea Patterson throws a 79-yard TD to Donovan Peoples-Jones to put the Wolverines ahead of Sparty. DPJ does the Paul Bunyan pose in the endzone. 😂 pic.twitter.com/rwwALIFGEj
— Michigan Moments (@UofMMoments) October 21, 2018
MVP of the game . . . Chase Winovich. Statistically, Winovich didn’t have an outstanding day (4 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 3 quarterback hurries), but he was causing havoc in the backfield all day. Along with good coverage from the defensive backs, Winovich was a primary factor in forcing MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke into a 5/25 (20%) performance, which forced the QB to the sideline in favor of a totally unproven backup in Rocky Lombardi. Kudos to Josh Uche, the backup linebacker/defensive end who leads the team in sacks this year, but Winovich was constantly sending Lewerke into panic mode.
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