Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Christian Turner. Why Christian Turner? Toward the end of last week’s blowout win against Penn State, Michigan was still running zone read options with quarterbacks Shea Patterson and Dylan McCaffrey. I was afraid it would get one of them injured, and it turns out McCaffrey broke his right collarbone and will be out for the year. If Michigan gets in another blowout situation – which is a strong possibility this week against Rutgers – then I would prefer to see the quarterbacks hand off to Turner (or other backup running backs).
Hit the jump for more thoughts on the game.
Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Karan Higdon. In the last five games, starting running back Karan Higdon has 117 total carries, which averages out to be a little over 23 per game. I would like to see those carries get spread around a little bit in order to keep Higdon fresh for tougher games against Indiana, Ohio State, and whoever comes next.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Jordan Anthony. I have some of the same concerns about Devin Bush that I have about Higdon, so it would be nice to see Anthony (or another middle linebacker) get on the field a little sooner if there’s a blowout win. It seems like Bush is playing later in games than necessary.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Devin Bush, Jr. See above.
Play of the game . . . Michael Onwenu getting chop-blocked. Seriously. When Michigan was up just 7-0 early in the second quarter, a blocked field goal turned into a touchdown for the Nittany Lions, which would have made it 7-7 (or at least 7-6). Instead, Onwenu, who was never going to make a tackle on the play, managed to trick a silly Penn State player into going low in the open field. That brought back the touchdown, Michigan got a stop, and the romp was on. If the Nittany Lions had gained momentum and tied it up there, the game might have gone in a different direction.
MVP of the game . . . Shea Patterson. There were a number of players who had good games (Jon Runyan, Karan Higdon, Chase Winovich, Rashan Gary, Josh Uche, Brandon Watson, David Long, Devin Bush, etc.), but Patterson stepped up big in a huge game for the Wolverines. Not only was he efficient passing the ball (11/17, 144 yards, 2 TD), but he took care of the football and made plays on the ground when needed (11 carries, 42 yards, 1 TD). Statistically, nobody had a great game, but Patterson had a very good all-around performance.
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