Michigan 24, Army 21

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7Sep 2019
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Michigan 24, Army 21

Zach Charbonnet (image via Maize ‘n’ Brew)

Phew. I saw people mentioning the 2007 Appalachian State game on Twitter. However, I couldn’t stop thinking about the 2013 game against Akron. As the game went along, I felt like Michigan was going to pull it out with a goal line stand or just an outstanding play by the defense. Not because they’re great, but because they’re better than Army. In that 2013 Akron game, Jarrod Wilson ended the game with an interception. In the 2019 Army version, it was Kwity Paye with a sack and a fumble.

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6Sep 2019
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Preview: Michigan vs. Army

MICHIGAN RUSH OFFENSE vs. ARMY RUSH DEFENSE

Michigan is #37 in rushing after one week (233 yards) with the leading rusher being freshman Zach Charbonnet (8 carries, 90 yards). The Wolverines are massive up front, even if slightly less massive at left tackle with starter Jon Runyan, Jr. has been out with injury; his replacement, the 299-pound freshman Ryan Hayes, was named the team’s MVP last week. The Wolverines are mostly an inside zone team. Army’s defensive tackles are a 5’11”, 282-pounder and a 6’4″, 260-pounder. They run a 4-3 look with leading tackler Cole Christiansen (6’2″, 225 lbs.) as a senior and returning starter. The Black Knights gave up 181 yards on 30 attempts last week against Rice. Michigan should be able to gain yards in chunks on the ground.
Advantage: Michigan

MICHIGAN PASS OFFENSE vs. ARMY PASS DEFENSE

Michigan started off hot last week but throttled down the passing game once it was clear that quarterback Shea Patterson was rattled (due to a rib injury) and that Middle Tennessee State wasn’t going to mount a comeback. Patterson threw for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns on 58.3% completions. The leading receiver was redshirt sophomore Tarik Black (4 catches, 80 yards, 1 TD), who was considered to be a backup coming into the season; the availability of nominal starter Donovan Peoples-Jones is unknown after suffering an ankle injury in practice a couple weeks ago. Army allowed just 50% completions against the Owls last week for 62 yards total on 4.4 yards/attempt. They did not make any sacks and finished #69 nationally in sacks last year. Their most dangerous defensive back in senior Jaylon McClinton (5’10”, 200), who has 4 career interceptions.
Advantage: Michigan

MICHIGAN RUSH DEFENSE vs. ARMY RUSH OFFENSE

This is the most interesting matchup of the game. Will Michigan’s thin defensive interior be able to hold up against Army’s triple option? Army has four starting linemen who are 290+ pounds (the left tackle is 265), but they cut block like crazy. Michigan was already thin at defensive tackle coming into the season, and that was before Donovan Jeter missed week one and Mike Dwumfour missed all but one snap. Both will supposedly return to action this week, but they have one combined snap. Other options at defensive tackle include former fullback Ben Mason and former linebacker Carlo Kemp. Michigan was led in tackles last week by Viper Khaleke Hudson (8 tackles) on the way to allowing 67 yards on 2.4 yards/carry. Army rushed for 231 yards on 4.1 yards/carry last week. Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins (21 carries, 80 yards, 1 TD) and fullback Sandon McCoy (20 carries, 70 yards) were last week’s leading rushers.
Advantage: Michigan

MICHIGAN PASS DEFENSE vs. ARMY PASS OFFENSE

What pass offense? Army threw just 8 passes last week, completing 3 of them for 53 yards. This is the norm for a triple option offense. Run the ball a ton, and then look for big plays in the passing game. The completions went for 19, 17, and 17 yards. Meanwhile, Michigan cornerback Ambry Thomas allowed 0 receptions and made 1 interception last week, while the guy on the opposite side of him is a potential All-American. Michigan should be pretty solid against the pass as long as the starters are in the game; things get dodgy when the backups come in, because Michigan’s backup corners are inexperience or just flat-out unready for prime time.
Advantage: Michigan

ROSTER NOTES

  • Army players from Michigan include: DE Henry Janeway (Utica Eisenhower)

LAST TIME THEY PLAYED…

  • Michigan is 4-3 against Army since 1949
  • All those games have been in Ann Arbor except the 1950 contest, which was in New York City
  • On October 6, 1962, Michigan ran 70 times for 276 yards and 2 touchdowns (throwing only 10 times)
  • The final score was Michigan 17, Army 7

PREDICTIONS

  • Christian Turner leads Michigan in rushing
  • Michigan pulls away in the third quarter
  • Joshua Ross makes 10 tackles
  • Michigan 37, Army 13
5Sep 2019
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2020 Recruiting Update: September 5, 2019

Tobias Braun (image via Twitter)

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2020

Tobias Braun – OT – Salisbury (CT) Salisbury: Braun was offered by Michigan. He is a 6’7″, 306 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Florida State, and Oregon, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #62 offensive tackle, and #733 overall.

Montra Edwards – DT – Lexington (MS) Holmes Central: Edwards is a 6’3″, 293 lb. prospect who decommitted from Missouri; he’s a 3-star, the #63 defensive tackle, and #678 overall.

Javier Morton – S – Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson: Morton is a 6’2″, 197 lb. prospect who decommitted from Alabama. He’s a 4-star, the #20 safety, and #220 overall. Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, and Ohio State, among others, have all offered. Yes, even Alabama suffers from decommitments.

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4Sep 2019
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2019 Season Countdown

Shea Patterson

Thanks for reading the 2019 countdown list! If you want to check out any of the profiles, they’re all linked below.

  1. A) Shea Patterson, B) Donovan Jeter
  2. Ben Bredeson
  3. Aidan Hutchinson
  4. Lavert Hill
  5. Cesar Ruiz
  6. Jon Runyan, Jr.
  7. Nico Collins
  8. Josh Ross
  9. Donovan Peoples-Jones
  10. Josh Uche
  11. Ambry Thomas
  12. Josh Metellus
  13. Carlo Kemp
  14. Khaleke Hudson
  15. Michael Onwenu
  16. Tru Wilson
  17. Kwity Paye
  18. Sean McKeon
  19. Zach Charbonnet
  20. Mike Sainristil
  21. Michael Dwumfour
  22. Tarik Black
  23. Devin Gil
  24. Will Hart
  25. Vincent Gray
  26. Dylan McCaffrey
  27. Ronnie Bell
  28. Mike Danna
  29. Andrew Stueber
  30. Jalen Mayfield
  31. Nick Eubanks
  32. J’Marick Woods
  33. Brad Hawkins
  34. Christian Turner
  35. Jordan Anthony
  36. Stephen Spanellis
  37. Jordan Glasgow
  38. Chris Hinton, Jr.
  39. Luiji Vilain
  40. Oliver Martin
  41. Ben Mason
  42. Daxton Hill
  43. Gemon Green
  44. Camaron Cheeseman
  45. Jake Moody
  46. Mazi Smith
  47. Cam McGrone
  48. Ben VanSumeren
  49. Julius Welschof
  50. Joel Honigford
  51. Quinn Nordin
  52. Jaylen Kelly-Powell
  53. Michael Barrett
  54. Mustapha Muhammad
  55. Joe Milton
  56. Hunter Reynolds
  57. Sammy Faustin
  58. Tyler Cochran
  59. German Green
  60. Nate Schoenle
  61. Giles Jackson
  62. Erick All
  63. Jake McCurry
  64. Hassan Haskins
  65. Quintel Kent
  66. Jalen Perry
  67. Chuck Filiaga
  68. Quinten Johnson
  69. Carl Myers
  70. D.J. Turner II
  71. David Ojabo
  72. Taylor Upshaw
  73. Greg Robinson
  74. Michael Morris
  75. Peter Bush
  76. Luke Schoonmaker
  77. Ryan Hayes
  78. Anthony Solomon
  79. Andrew Vastardis
  80. Phillip Paea
  81. Adam Shibley
  82. Adam Fakih
  83. Brad Robbins
  84. Cade McNamara
  85. Nolan Rumler
  86. Zach Carpenter
  87. Matt Brown
  88. Gabe Newburg
  89. Joey Velazquez
  90. Jess Speight
  91. Karsen Barnhart
  92. Trevor Keegan
  93. Julian Garrett
  94. George Johnson III
  95. Trente Jones
  96. Charles Thomas
  97. Jared Davis
  98. Dan Jokisch
  99. Michael Sessa
  100. Caden Kolesar
  101. Dane Drobocky
  102. Max Wittwer
  103. Jameson Offerdahl
  104. Jack Stewart
  105. Kraig Correll
  106. Brandon Peters
  107. Kyle Grady
  108. Lucas Andrighetto