Michigan 59, Maryland 18

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21Nov 2021
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Michigan 59, Maryland 18

Donovan Edwards (image via Michigan Daily)

That was quietly ugly for Maryland. With my high school season having ended last week, I made the trip to Maryland because I had never been there for a game. Watching the game in person, Michigan was certainly in control for the whole game but in the first half, it seemed like the Terrapins were holding their own. Michigan should have been able to run all over them, but they couldn’t. Michigan should have been able to beat up and bruise Taulia Tagovailoa, but they couldn’t. It was a comfortable 24-3 lead at halftime, but it never seemed like Michigan was beating the pants off them. And then . . . well . . . the third quarter happened, when Michigan exploded for 28 points. Even though Maryland scored 15 in that stanza, the rout was on. I looked up at the scoreboard and thought, “Is Michigan about to score 60 on a Big Ten opponent not named Rutgers?” In truth, no, they weren’t. But they got as close as possible.

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19Nov 2021
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Preview: Michigan at Maryland

RUSH OFFENSE vs. MARYLAND RUSH DEFENSE
Michigan is the #14 rushing offense in the country (225 yards/game). The bell cow right now is 6’1″, 225 lb. Hassan Haskins, who has 58 carries over the past two weeks since Blake Corum hurt his lower leg. Haskins has responded with 168 and 156 yards, many of them coming after contact while pushing piles, twisting, and diving for extra yardage. Michigan will pound-pound-pound the ball inside and then get big chunks on the edges. Maryland is #77 in rushing defense (157 yards allowed/game) and #70 in yards allowed per carry (4.11). They did a respectable job against Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker last week (30 carries, 143 yards, 2 touchdowns), but that allowed quarterback Payton Thorne to average 9.6 yards per passing attempt and throw 4 touchdowns. The top two tacklers for the Terrapins are safeties Jordan Mosley (6’1″, 205) and Nick Cross (6’1″, 215) with 67 and 57, respectively. It’s not usually a great thing when safeties are leading the team in tackling. Nose tackle Ami Finau (6’2″, 320) is a decent run stuffer with 5 tackles for loss. Michigan might not be able to gash Maryland over and over again, but they should be able to move the ball consistently.
Advantage: Michigan

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17Nov 2021
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Jimmy Rolder, Wolverine

Jimmy Rolder (image via 247 Sports)

Chicago (IL) Marist linebacker Jimmy Rolder committed to Michigan on Tuesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Florida, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, and Ohio State, among others.

RATINGS
ESPN: 3-star, 79 grade, #13 ILB
On3: 4-star LB, 90 grade
Rivals: 4-star ILB, 5.8 grade
247 Sports: 3-star, 89 grade, #48 LB

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17Nov 2021
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2022 Recruiting Update: November 17, 2021

Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2022

Austin (TX) Westlake defensive end Ethan Burke was offered by Michigan. Burke is a 6’7″, 225 lb. prospect with offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, and Utah, among others. He’s a 247 Sports 3-star and the #39 edge player.

Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson decommitted from USC. Jackson is a 6’1″, 185-pounder who’s a 5-star, the #2 cornerback in the country, and #6 overall. Jackson is a good friend of 2022 cornerback commit Will Johnson, but a recent visit to Alabama seems to have put the Crimson Tide in front for now. Jackson will probably be back in Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game, so the Wolverines may have a chance to take back the lead.

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16Nov 2021
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Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

Aidan Hutchinson (image via MLive)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Blake Corum. Corum missed most of the Indiana game and the entire Penn State game, leaving the Wolverines to rely heavily on Hassan Haskins. Corum has 130 carries for 778 yards (5.98 yards/carry) and 10 touchdowns. A report came out on Saturday that Corum would miss the next two games, but it’s unclear if that meant he would be out through the Maryland game or the Ohio State game. I’m not expecting Corum to come back this week, but it would be great if he could be back by OSU.

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