Donovan Peoples-Jones had his breakout game. I predicted a breakout game for Peoples-Jones with 100+ yards and a touchdown, but it was even better than that. He caught 4 passes for 90 yards and 3 touchdowns. I did not think SMU’s secondary would match up well with Peoples-Jones, and they didn’t. He had his way with their defensive backs all day, and the only thing that prevented him from going off even more was questionable offensive line play. I don’t think Peoples-Jones will get a lot of opportunities to have days like this due to the offensive line and a questionable offensive philosophy altogether, so let’s enjoy these 90-yard days while we can.
Hit the jump for the rest of my quick thoughts on the game.
Name: Jordan Glasgow Height: 6’1″ Weight: 210 lbs. High school: Aurora (IL) Marmion Academy Position: Safety Class: Redshirt junior Jersey number: #29 Last year: I ranked Glasgow #25 and said he would be a backup safety/Viper (LINK). He made 11 tackles and 1 pass breakup. TTB Rating: N/A
Glasgow is part of a family that already sent two walk-ons (Graham, Ryan) through Michigan who ended up starting and then getting drafted into the NFL. In the spring of 2017, Glasgow looked like a front-runner to start and replace Delano Hill or Dymonte Thomas, both of whom graduated after the 2016 season. He played well in last year’s spring game and Michigan’s only other options were the unproven Josh Metellus (safety), the unproven Khaleke Hudson (Viper), and freshmen.
It turned out that I overrated Glasgow’s impact, though he was named the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year. Metellus and Hudson ended up starting at Glasgow’s potential positions, and he didn’t play much on defense.
This year I’m readjusting downward for Glasgow based on the 2017 season. Hudson has established himself, and while Metellus struggled, Glasgow has not been mentioned as one of the threats for his position. J’Marick Woods, Jaylen Kelly-Powell, and transfer Casey Hughes might take some Metellus’s snaps, but probably not Glasgow. At least not in crunch time. Glasgow will definitely play special teams, though, and he will probably be an important factor on the coverage units.
Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Brandon Peters. If Peters were the quarterback in this game, I think Michigan probably wins it. Unfortunately, Peters got concussed against Wisconsin and was still in concussion protocol when the Ohio State game came around. It was the right call for the health of Peters, and I’m glad the medical staff didn’t clear him. But it was unfortunate for Michigan. Hopefully Peters is ready to go for the bowl game.
Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . John O’Korn. O’Korn didn’t have an absolutely terrible game (17/32, 195 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), but he missed a handful of open receivers and threw a really, really, really, really, really bad interception when Michigan was down just 24-20 with a little less than three minutes left. O’Korn took the blame for the loss, and that’s entirely fair. Good for him. But he doesn’t give Michigan a very good chance to win.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Tyree Kinnel. For most of the season, I’ve said I like the defensive rotations. I just want Kinnel to be healthy after it looks like he suffered a concussion when hitting Ohio State receiver Austin Mack.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Jordan Glasgow. As much as I respect the Glasgow family – and even Jordan himself – Michigan has better safeties. Both Kinnel and J’Marick Woods got injured, which forced Glasgow into action late in the game. Hopefully, he can just concentrate on special teams in the bowl game.
Play of the game . . . Donovan Peoples-Jones’s 42-yard punt return. Peoples-Jones made several people miss, accelerated up the sideline, lowered his shoulder, broke a tackle, spun back for extra yards, etc. It was a brilliant return, and it indicated that it would be great if Michigan could find ways to get him the ball more.
MVP of the game . . . Rashan Gary. Naysayers might point to Gary’s missed tackle, which came right after he left the game with a shoulder injury (that seems to have been nagging him for several weeks). It didn’t look great, but bad shoulders can do that to a guy. Even so, he finished the game with 10 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. He was Michigan’s best defensive player on Saturday, and nobody on offense had a standout game.
Before the spring game of 2017, you probably knew two things about Jordan Glasgow. One, he’s the youngest of the Glasgow brothers, all of whom walked on to Michigan’s program and got drafted so far. Two, he was the dude who missed the tackle on Florida State’s kickoff returner, Keith Gavin, in the Orange Bowl. The latter is probably the most embarrassing moment of the youngest Glasgow’s whole football career, because there’s a very good chance that Michigan would have won the bowl game and been 11-2 to end the season.
Surely he wants to give people something else to remember. Of course, this didn’t erase the Orange Bowl gaffe, but he did make an endzone interception in the spring game and return it 103 yards for a touchdown against a Wilton Speight-led offense. He also made 2 tackles and 1 pass breakup on defense in the spring game. He probably won’t start this fall unless injuries occur, but right now he appears to be a primary backup to Viper Khaleke Hudson and strong safety Joshua Metellus. He should get a fair amount of playing time, and maybe he can make something happen in game action to forget his most embarrassing moment.
Prediction: Backup Viper/strong safety, special teamer
Name: Jordan Glasgow Height: 6’1″ Weight: 195 lbs. High school: Aurora (IL) Marmion Academy Position: Safety Class: Redshirt freshman Jersey number: #29 Last year: I did not rank Glasgow. He redshirted.
Jordan became the third Glasgow brother to walk on at Michigan, joining offensive lineman Graham (drafted by the Lions in April) and defensive tackle Ryan. But safety is a tougher position to break in as a walk-on, because skill guys need some God-given talents like speed to succeed. Linemen can eat and get stronger, but it’s tough to get a great deal faster.
Jordan redshirted last season, and because of the shallow depth chart at safety, he played a lot this spring. However, Michigan returns two safeties with starting experience (Delano Hill, Dymonte Thomas), a solid recruit (Tyree Kinnel), and a part-time starter at corner who could move back to safety if necessary (Jeremy Clark). Glasgow’s too slow and stiff to play much safety this year, but he could be a special teams guy or a mop-up guy.