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Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Ambry Thomas. Thomas had just 1 catch for 5 yards and had only a couple snaps on offense, but it would be nice if Michigan could put together some packages for him. He’s the #4 corner on defense right now and Michigan lacks playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, so they might as well use him on offense. Get your best athletes on the field.
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . nobody. When you rush for 308 yards and throw 3 touchdowns with 0 picks, there’s not a lot to complain about on offense.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Joshua Ross. I really like what I’m seeing from Joshua Ross on defense. He’s physical and quick. He finished with 5 tackles and 2 tackles for loss.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Devin Gil. Gil got the start at WILL linebacker, but I think he’s being outplayed by Ross. That’s what I see in games, and it also matches up with the stats (Gil made just 2 tackles). Michigan rarely rotated linebackers when it was Devin Bush and Mike McCray starting last year, but now Ross is getting a lot of run at inside linebacker, so maybe the coaching staff is still trying to decide which of these two guys should start.
Play of the game . . . Noah Furbush’s interception. There were a lot of good plays, but I really liked the one by Furbush. He started the play at the line of scrimmage feigning a blitz. Then he dropped to his zone, located the receiver running a curl route, and made a nicely timed leap to reel in the catch. That’s pretty good work for a 6’5″, 240 lb. outside linebacker.
MVP of the game . . . Shea Patterson. Patterson’s numbers weren’t out of this world, but they were pretty good overall (12/17 for 125 yards, 3 TDs). Best of all, he made some nice throws that other Michigan quarterbacks have missed on over the past couple years. The touchdown pass on the corner route to Donovan Peoples-Jones required arm strength and good ball placement, and the score to Nico Collins was a throw that the quarterbacks from last year would have turned into a difficult catch. Or incompletion. Or interception.
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