Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Tom Brady

    Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady continues to play like a much younger man. The 44-year-old Brady completed 32/50 passes for 379 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in a 31-29 win over the Cowboys on Thursday night. His first interception was a screen pass thrown to running back Leonard Fournette that was right at his facemask and bounced off his hands, and the second was a Hail Mary attempt that was picked off by Jourdan Lewis at the end of the first half. Here's his first touchdown of the 2021 season:



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    2021 Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 2

    Brady Hoke (image via sdsuaztecphotos.com)

    FORMER PLAYERS

    LB Jordan Anthony (Troy): Anthony made 2 tackles in a 21-13 loss to Liberty.

    RB Zach Charbonnet (UCLA): UCLA had a bye.

    WR Kekoa Crawford (Cal): Crawford made 1 catch for 49 yards in a 34-32 loss to TCU.

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    2021 Michigan vs. Washington Awards

    Aidan Hutchinson (image via Yahoo)

    Let's see more of this guy on offense . . . a wide receiver catching the ball. Michigan completed just 3 passes to wide receivers on Saturday night, and just 7 in total. Washington has a formidable defense, but wide receivers are going to get frustrated pretty quickly if they don't start getting the ball once in a while to show off their skills. Cornelius Johnson (1 catch, 33 yards), A.J. Henning (1 catch, 1 yard), and Mike Sainristil (1 catch, -1 yard) got the ball, which means Roman Wilson and Daylen Baldwin didn't.

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    Michigan 31, Washington 10

    Blake Corum (image via Fansided)

    Run, run, and run again. Michigan fans on Twitter were getting pretty grumpy about running the ball, but I don't have a problem with it.* It turns out that despite the rumored good defense that Washington was bringing to Ann Arbor, they couldn't fit the run properly. Michigan ran 56 times for 343 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and 4 touchdowns. The offensive line didn't provide a ton of gaping holes, but they provided enough room for slippery backs like Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins to make hay. The last time Michigan ran for more yards was in the rain during the 2017 game against Minnesota, when Chris Evans and Karan Higdon ran wild to the tune of 370 rushing yards. You do what you have to do to win the game, and Michigan was obviously destroying the Huskies with the run.

    *Except I do have a problem with it. I know I lied above. And I apologize. I don't have a problem with running the ball like mad when it's an attempt to win an individual game, but it's going to be very hard to recruit good receivers on the edge if you don't throw the ball. Josh Gattis came in with the "speed in space" mantra and that borrowed some time for the Wolverines, but now they're reverting to the Jim Harbaugh days of yore. If I'm a good wide receiver, I have zero interest in playing for Michigan. Michigan wide receivers caught just three (3!!!) balls on Saturday night in a comfortable, three-touchdown win. The leading receiver was Blake Corum with 3 catches himself for just 11 yards.

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    Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 1

    Zach Charbonnet

    FORMER PLAYERS

    LB Jordan Anthony (Troy): Anthony made 3 tackles in a 55-3 win over Southern.

    RB Zach Charbonnet (UCLA): Charbonnet ran 11 times for 117 yards and 1 touchdown, adding 1 catch for 35 yards, in a 38-27 win over LSU.

    WR Kekoa Crawford (Cal): Crawford made 2 catches for 33 yards in a 22-17 loss to Nevada.

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    Visitors: Michigan vs. Washington

    Seattle (WA) Rainier OT Joshua Conerly, Jr. (image via 247 Sports)

    2022

    Aaron Alexander - LB - Belleville (MI) Belleville: Alexander is committed to Michigan (LINK).

    Austin Ausberry - CB - Baton Rouge (LA) University Lab: Ausberry is a 6'1", 185-pounder with offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, and Michigan, among others. He's a 4-star, the #24 cornerback, and #197 overall.

    Lander Barton - LB - Salt Lake City (UT) Brighton: Barton is a 6'4", 215 lb. prospect with offers from Michigan, Texas, and Utah, among others. He's a 4-star, the #21 linebacker, and #187 overall. Numerous family members went to Utah, so he will be a tough pull from the Utes. This is an official visit.

    Joshua Conerly - OT - Seattle (WA) Rainier: Conerly is a 6'5", 275-pounder with offers from Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas, among others. He's a 5-star, the #3 offensive tackle, and #20 overall. This is an official visit.

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    2021 Michigan vs. Western Michigan Awards

    Blake Corum (image via Maize 'n' Brew)

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    Let's see more of this guy on offense . . . A.J. Henning. Assuming Ronnie Bell is out for a while (hopefully not!), I think Henning is probably the guy who needs to see more touches. Michigan needs a guy who can run through tackles and make something happen after the catch. As much as I like Cornelius Johnson, Roman Wilson, and other guys, I'm not sure that any receiver besides Henning can offer that ability after the catch. Henning had a 74-yard touchdown on an end around and caught 1 pass for 11 yards from J.J. McCarthy.

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