2021 Michigan vs. Wisconsin Awards

2021 Michigan vs. Wisconsin Awards

October 6, 2021
Cornelius Johnson

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Cornelius Johnson. Johnson caught 2 passes for 47 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s averaging 24.5 yards per catch, and that’s mostly against the starters. (Daylen Baldwin is averaging 25.8, but that has largely come late in blowout wins.) But through five games, he has just 10 receptions overall, or 2 per game, in other words. A receiver of his caliber should be getting more touches.

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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Blake Corum. Corum has been getting a heavy load of work (22.8 touches per game) and took a couple hard shots against Wisconsin. Michigan needs him healthy down the stretch. Do what you need to do to win each game, but also I hope Michigan gives him enough rest that he can be healthy down the stretch.

Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . nobody.

Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . nobody.

Play of the game . . . Cade McNamara to Blake Corum. I have to agree with reader Roanman here and say that a short dumpoff to Corum was a huge play. In a 0-0 game during the first quarter, Michigan faced a 3rd-and-7 near its own goal line. McNamara dropped back to pass in the end zone, could not find anyone, and then was pretty quickly pressured by Wisconsin’s defense. Feeling pressure coming from his left, McNamara scrambled and found Corum for 7.5 yards, but only after Corum stopped blocking and slipped out of the backfield during the scramble drill. That got Michigan some breathing room and avoided a 2-0 deficit that could have resulted from a sack in the end zone.

MVP of the game . . . Cade McNamara. A lot of people might say Aidan Hutchinson (National Defensive Player of the Week to some outlets) or David Ojabo (2.5 sacks) would be the MVP, but that doesn’t really jive with my thinking. In this game – which was considered almost a toss-up going in – I think Michigan would have played well defensively without either one of those players. Wisconsin didn’t have much firepower on offense. The real question was whether Michigan would be able to throw the ball well enough to score against a stifling run defense, and McNamara performed admirably. He finished 17/28 for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns, and those numbers include a few early drops that left some questions about how the day would go. Obviously the day ended up going pretty well overall with the 38-17 victory.

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