Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Jon Runyan, Jr. Ryan Hayes had an excellent debut against Middle Tennessee State last week, and this week he fell back to Earth. He was (from what I could tell) responsible for two sacks, both of which resulted in fumbles by Shea Patterson. I think he will be a good player in the long run, but he’s not ready yet.
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Zach Charbonnet. Why bench the guy who has 190 yards of rushing offense in his first two games? Because he’s coming off knee surgery and has 41 carries in two games. He’s Michigan’s best running back, but the Wolverines need to find a guy or two who can spell him. Tru Wilson has been out with an injury, and both Christian Turner and Ben VanSumeren have squandered their opportunities with mental mistakes and sloppiness.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . a defensive tackle. It is amazing to me that Michigan doesn’t have a true defensive tackle taking regular snaps. I mean, it is actually rather preposterous that not one is even available. The position has so far been almost invisible through two games, with Carlo Kemp and Ben Mason taking the majority of snaps; defensive tackles have combined for 15 tackles and 0 tackles for loss through two games, but Mike Dwumfour and Donovan Jeter – the two true tackles to have taken snaps – have a total of 0 tackles so far this year.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Jordan Anthony. Starting middle linebacker Josh Ross disappeared in the second half of the Army game, quite possibly due to Army really liking to dive at defenders’ knees. While Ross made 9 tackles before his disappearance, Anthony made 3 in his absence.
Play of the game . . . Lavert Hill’s interception. Halfway through the third quarter, Michigan was down 14-7 and Army had the ball on Michigan’s 5-yard line. On 3rd-and-Goal, Army ran a play action pass that resulted in pressure on quarterback Kelvin Hopkins, Jr. To avoid a sack, he lofted a pass that was gobbled up by Hill at the 2-yard line and returned for 20 yards. If Army had punched the ball into the endzone at that point and gone up 21-7, I don’t think Michigan would have recovered to win the game.
MVP of the game . . . Zach Charbonnet. Charbonnet was the only running back the coaching staff trusted, and he responded. He makes very few mental errors, picks up the right guys in pass protection, and runs hard. His 33-carry, 100-yard, 3-touchdown performance was reminiscent of workhorse backs in the past, most notably Mike Hart. Those 33 carries are tied for #21 all-time at Michigan for the most in one game. (For some perspective on how much Michigan relied on Hart: he tied or topped that mark four times during his freshman season.)
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