Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 5

Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 5


October 12, 2020
Shaun Crawford (image via UHND)

FORMER PLAYERS

WR Tarik Black (Texas): Black did not start but made 1 catch for 24 yards in a 53-45 loss to Oklahoma.

TE Mustapha Muhammad (Kilgore Junior College): Muhammad transferred from Michigan to Houston and is now at Kilgore Junior College, which has canceled its season due to COVID.

CB Myles Sims (Georgia Tech): Sims made 1 tackle in a 46-27 win over Louisville.

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DT Aubrey Solomon (Tennessee): Solomon made 3 tackles in a 44-21 loss to Georgia.

OG Stephen Spanellis (Vanderbilt): Spanellis opted out of the 2020 season.

RB Kareem Walker (Mississippi State): Walker did not play in a 24-2 loss to Kentucky.

S J’Marick Woods (Duke): Woods did not play in a 38-24 win over Syracuse.

FORMER COMMITS

WR Kalil Branham (Kentucky): Branham did not play in a 24-2 win over Mississippi State.

CB Te’Cory Couch (Miami): Couch made 2 tackles in a 42-17 loss to Clemson.

CB Shaun Crawford (Notre Dame): Crawford made 3 tackles, 1 interception (returned for 23 yards), and 2 pass breakups in a 42-26 win over Florida State.

OG Emil Ekiyor (Alabama): Ekiyor started at left guard in a 63-48 win over Ole Miss.

RB Eric Gray (Tennessee): Gray had 8 carries for 25 yards and 8 catches for 54 yards in a 44-21 loss to Georgia.

OT Devery Hamilton (Duke): Hamilton started at right tackle in a 38-24 win over Syracuse.

OT Kai-Leon Herbert (Miami): Herbert is out for the season for Miami.

WR Jeremiah Holloman (FIU): FIU (1-0) had a bye.

OT James Hudson III (Cincinnati): Cincinnati (3-0) had a bye.

C Jalil Irvin (Auburn): Irvin did not play in a 30-28 win over Arkansas.

LB Chase Lasater (FAU): FAU (1-0) had a bye.

OT Micah Mazzccua (Baylor): Baylor (1-1) had a bye.

TE Nick Patterson (Choate Rosemary Hall): Patterson, who decommitted from Michigan and signed with Princeton, decided to take a prep year and enroll at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. That would make him a teammate of class of 2021 Michigan commit Tristan Bounds, though with Connecticut football being canceled, I’m not sure if Patterson is truly there or not.

Amauri Pesek-Hickson (Kansas): Kansas (0-3) had a bye.

S Otis Reese (Ole Miss): Reese has transferred from Georgia to Ole Miss, but he has not received a waiver to be immediately eligible for the Rebels, who lost to Alabama by a score of 63-48.

OT Erik Swenson (Oklahoma): Swenson started at left tackle in a 53-45 win over Texas.

TE Leonard Taylor (Cincinnati): Cincinnati (3-0) had a bye.

DE Rashad Weaver (Pitt): Weaver made 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hurry, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery (returned for 5 yards) in a 31-30 loss to Boston College.

FORMER COACHES

D.J. Durkin (Co-Defensive Coordinator, Ole Miss): After giving up 642 yards and 51 points to Florida in the first game, Ole Miss only allowed 559 yards and 41 points to Kentucky, and then they only allowed 723 yards and 63 points to Alabama. Ole Miss is dead last (out of 76 teams who have played) in total defense (641.3 yards allowed/game) and scoring defense (51.7 points allowed/game).

Les Miles (Head Coach, Kansas): Kansas (0-3) had a bye.

Chris Partridge (C-Defensive Coordinator, Ole Miss): Partridge’s defense, coincidentally, suffered the same exact fate as Durkin’s (see above).

10 comments

  1. Avatar
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    Roanman
    Oct 12, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    Sean Crawford would be a handy guy to have this year.

    Ya think Durkin has forgotten how to coach a defense, or maybe they have a too many cooks thing going on?

  2. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Oct 12, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Black was targeted near the end zone at the end of regulation and on the last play of the game. It was a shootout so lots of snaps in the game but he doesn’t appear to be cutting into any of the starters playing time.

    His role looks to be nearly identical to what it was last year at Michigan. A key contributor but not a difference maker.

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      bradD23
      Oct 12, 2020 at 8:26 PM

      Yea. He just doesn’t look the same since he got injured his freshman year. Wonder what happened to him? Did the injury take away that extra bit of athletic ability to go from avg. Player to good or great player. On another note damn Weaver is a stud. Can’t believe Someone at Michigan decided to processed him out.

    • Thunder
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      Oct 12, 2020 at 9:03 PM

      Right now he’s 7th on the team in receptions. He has 2 receptions for 36 yards over the past three games.

      Last year at Michigan he was tied for #4 on the team in receptions. He seems to have taken a step back.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Oct 13, 2020 at 12:54 PM

      Also true that Black is 4th in yards and touchdowns despite missing one of their 4 games.

      He was targeted at least twice with the game on the line against their hated arch rival which is not something he could say last year.

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    AC1997
    Oct 12, 2020 at 8:55 PM

    It really is shocking how little production we ended up getting out of Black, DPJ, and Collins for so many random reasons. I guess the Texas coaches have seen similar things to Michigan – just not a starting caliber WR at this point.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Oct 13, 2020 at 12:51 PM

      It was an absolutely loaded WR class including Jeaudy, Ruggs, Smith, Higgins, St Brown. Oliver Martin was ranked 29 in the class, a few spots behind CeeDee Lamb at 24 and well ahead of KJ Hamler at 47.

      We got 4 of the top 30 guys, none made it through to senior year, and none ended up being better than 3rd team all-conference. It could be random stuff in each case but given the collective outcome it seems more likely to be indicative of some issues with the program.

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    AC1997
    Oct 12, 2020 at 8:58 PM

    I know Partridge needed to spread his wings on his way to a future HC gig….but man it sucks to lose a quality assistant and recruiter to a co-DC job of a horrific defense. I hope he is able to avoid a firing after this season.

    Speaking of horrific D….how about LSU? Every star aligned for them last year and now they are seeing a spectacular reversal of fortune.

    • Thunder
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      Oct 12, 2020 at 9:07 PM

      You could see it coming for LSU. I didn’t study them in the off-season, but I knew they would take a step back because of how much they lost. They’re not like Alabama where they can just reload year after year. But as soon as I saw them on the field in the opener against Mississippi State, I was like, “Oh…yeah, this is bad.” Their guys just aren’t ready. They’re playing too early. Some of those guys flat-out shouldn’t be on the field yet, because they’re not physically ready.

      I think Michigan is going to have some struggles this year, but at least they won’t be lacking physical maturity (unless there are injuries).

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        AC1997
        Oct 12, 2020 at 11:38 PM

        They also caught lightning in a bottle with Burrow, their coordinators, and a couple of breaks. I have always thought Orgeron was like Hoke….good recruiter, decent guy, but highly dependent on player talent and assistants.

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