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Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . John O’Korn. You don’t want to see anyone get injured, but O’Korn did a pretty good job in place of the banged up Wilton Speight. O’Korn was 18/26 for 270 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception, and he put up the best quarterback performance of the season. He also led Michigan on its two longest drives of the season (84 and 86 yards), including going 3-for-3 in the red zone. O’Korn also passed the eye test with some very good throws, quick decisions, and scrambling ability. O’Korn should be the starter moving forward.
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Speight, naturally. Maybe the injury will keep him out, anyway, but after completing just 54.5% of his passes during the first three games, he was 2/4 and took 2 sacks before he was knocked out of this one. Michigan was sacked a total of 4 times by a Purdue team that had just 1 coming into the game, but Speight took sacks on 33% of his dropbacks before getting injured. The guy just isn’t getting the job done.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Rashan Gary. He had 1 assisted tackle in this game. So far this season, he has 15 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. For a guy who some were projecting as an All-American, that’s not great production, and the easy part of the schedule is over for the most part. He doesn’t need to play more, but I would like to see him flash more.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . nobody. I think the right guys are on the field.
Let’s see more of this guy on special teams . . . Brad Robbins. Robbins had been M.I.A. in the first three games, but the coaching staff must have grown tired of Will Hart’s inconsistency, so they burned Robbins’s redshirt. He responded with a 40.57 yard average on 7 punts. That’s not a great average, but he didn’t have any shanks like Hart, who is averaging 37.92 per punt.
Let’s see less of this guy on special teams . . . Kekoa Crawford. He had 1 kickoff return for 15 yards and is now averaging 17.86 yards/return. Michigan is #107 in kickoff return average nationally, and Crawford has all but one of Michigan’s returns. It’s time to give someone else a shot.
Play of the game . . . John O’Korn’s scramble and throw. On 3rd-and-6 from his own 18-yard line in the third quarter, O’Korn was dead to rights in the pocket . . . except he wasn’t. Shrugging off a tackler and putting his hand down to catch himself, he rolled out, kept his eyes downfield, and found Grant Perry for 12 yards to keep the drive alive. Chase Winovich, David Long, Zach Gentry, and others also made some great plays, but that O’Korn scramble kept Michigan out of trouble when it was 10-7 for Purdue and the Wolverines were deep in their own territory.
MVP of the game . . . John O’Korn. The offense was sputtering before he entered, and while it still sputtered for a bit once he got in the game, he eventually got things rolling. The thing I think might be overlooked is that Michigan had its best passing game of the season in the first game where they were missing #1 wide receiver Tarik Black, who is out for a while with a broken foot. Ty Isaac also did not appear to be 100% after being the best runner on the team for the first three weeks. Wilton Speight wasn’t being productive even with Black available and Isaac at 100%, but the backup came in and got things rolling with limited personnel. Quite honestly, I think this is a much closer game or perhaps a loss if Speight hadn’t been hurt.
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