Snapshots: Pin and pull, but why no reads?

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23Nov 2020
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Snapshots: Pin and pull, but why no reads?

As with many of these snapshot plays, I’m limited with my time – and these take a while – so I apologize for not going into more depth. To discuss this post, head on over to touchthebanner.blogspot.com.

In the second quarter with the Wolverines down 7-0 to Rutgers, Michigan had a 2nd-and-1 play with Blake Corum in the backfield in 11 personnel (1 running back, 1 tight end).

Pre-snap, the setup looks like this:

Power read, a play Michigan would not could not run.

That’s Corum to the right of the QB, and it sets up perfectly (at least in my mind) for power read. One unblocked playside defender is the field safety at 10 yards, and if the receivers block, Corum has to make a guy miss in the open field. The other unblocked playside defender is the end, because the call would put him in conflict, forcing him to either chase Corum or keep an eye on the 6’5″, 243 lb. QB with the 4.62 forty.

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23Nov 2020
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Michigan vs. Rutgers Awards

Giles Jackson (image via Wolverines Wire)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Cade McNamara. I wasn’t quite ready after the Wisconsin game, but now I’m ready. Quarterback Cade McNamara should be the starter going forward. He went 27/36 for 260 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions, and he also ran in 1 touchdown. This happened after starter Joe Milton was 5/12 for 89 yards.

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22Nov 2020
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Michigan 48, Rutgers 42 (3 OT)

Cade McNamara gets harassed by former Michigan DT Michael Dwumfour (image via Michigan Daily)

For discussion, head on over to touchthebanner.blogspot.com while the comment section patiently waits to get fixed.

Winning feels good. I don’t really care that it was Rutgers. I don’t really care that it took three overtimes. I don’t really care that I had to stay up until midnight to watch the finish. I went to bed feeling . . . maybe not happy, but relieved.

Remember, remember, the 23rd of September . . . On September 23, 2017, quarterback Wilton Speight’s back got broken on a dirty hit by Purdue. In stepped backup John O’Korn, who completed 69.2% of his passes for 270 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception for an offense that had been disappointing up to that point. He was the savior! The following week he threw 3 interceptions against Michigan State and would finish with 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on the year. The Purdue game was Fool’s Gold. So I have that in the back of my mind going into the next section.

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21Nov 2020
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Michigan’s 10 Longest Plays vs. Rutgers

Jabrill Peppers (#5, image via Saturday Tradition)

Michigan has only played Rutgers six times throughout history and has a 5-1 record against the Scarlet Knights. They first played in 2014. Here you can reminisce about the ten longest plays against Rutgers.

  1. Giles Jackson 95-yard kickoff return TD (2020)
  2. Jabrill Peppers 63-yard TD run (2016)
  3. Chris Evans 61-yard TD run (2018)
  4. Jake Rudock 56-yard pass to Jake Butt (2015)
  5. Chris Evans 56-yard run (2016)
  6. Karan Higdon 49-yard run (2017)
  7. Shea Patterson 48-yard pass to Nico Collins (2019)
  8. Cade McNamara 46-yard TD pass to Cornelius Johnson (2020)
  9. Wilton Speight 45-yard pass to Amara Darboh (2016)
  10. Karan Higdon 44-yard run (2016)

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