Michigan vs. Hawaii Awards

Michigan vs. Hawaii Awards

September 13, 2022
J.J. McCarthy

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Roman Wilson. It’s only on three total receptions, but this guy has 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. One touchdown was a 61-yard catch-and-run bubble screen against Colorado State, and the other was a 42-yard bomb against Hawaii. Good things happen when you run a 4.37 forty and have ball skills. He’s already playing quite a bit, but the speed and big play ability are really enticing.

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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Giovanni El-Hadi. This is twice in two games against cupcakes that El-Hadi has had to make an appearance as a backup. It would be nice to get everyone healthy. The first week it was Ryan Hayes and Karsen Barnhart getting banged up, forcing Trevor Keegan from LG to LT and El-Hadi in at LG. This week Hayes was back, but Keegan left temporarily and was replaced by El-Hadi. It would be nice to see everyone healthy together, but I guess I’d rather see backups play now and get/keep guys healthy for the Big Ten slate.

Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Jaydon Hood. I’m not going to call for any backup linebackers to get on the field. The defense hasn’t really been challenged. But I like what I saw on Saturday from Hood, who showed some good speed and physicality in the win. Altogether, he made 3 tackles and 1 pass breakup in the first extended time of his career.

Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . nobody. I’m pretty satisfied with the rotations and playing time so far.

Play of the game . . . J.J. McCarthy to Donovan Edwards. In the second quarter, Michigan lined up running back Donovan Edwards as an outside receiver, where he was followed by a linebacker in man coverage. That’s the mismatch you want to see on offense, so Edwards ran a fade route. McCarthy went ahead and chucked it, and Edwards made a leaping 33-yard reception and came down on the 1-yard line. It was an impressive display from both McCarthy and Edwards and shows what a weapon Edwards can be in the passing game.

MVP of the game . . . J.J. McCarthy. This one is obvious. McCarthy finished 11/12 for 229 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. He also ran 1 time for 16 yards. The offense seemed to have a lot more juice with McCarthy behind center, and obviously, the fans have really embraced him. He has been, after all, the most popular man on the team: the backup quarterback.

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