Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . anyone who doesn’t fumble. Zach Charbonnet fumbled. Tru Wilson fumbled. Christian Turner tried to fumble, but his knee was down first. The fumbling at Michigan has been ridiculous this season.
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Christian Turner. Turner’s performance this year has been very disappointing. He misses pass protections, has yet to break an explosive run, and just doesn’t seem to be bringing a lot to the table. His longest run this season has gone for 11 yards, and that’s in 37 attempts. By contrast, someone like Hassan Haskins has long runs of 15, 18, and 29 yards in the last three games, on a total of 26 carries.
Let’s see less of this guy on offense, part 2 . . . Ben Mason. Unlike many people out there, I don’t mind fullback usage. There are ways to use H-backs and fullbacks in a spread offense, particularly out of the pistol formation. But Mason sucks right now. This is what happens when you spend all your time practicing at defensive tackle. Michigan tried to throw him a pass in the flat; it was a bad pass, and it doesn’t help that Mason is very stiff now that he’s 270 pounds. But after he didn’t catch it, he acted like a stereotypical football meathead and lowered his shoulder to run through an unsuspecting Illinois cornerback, costing Michigan 15 yards in penalty yardage.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Mike Danna. I’m glad Michigan has Danna, who has made a couple plays and has been a key piece of Michigan’s defensive line rotation. He made 4 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. Seriously, he has done a very good job, but…
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Kwity Paye. Paye just brings a whole different element of explosion and violence to the defensive end position. His leverage and power will be needed against the Penn State Nittany Lions this coming weekend. Hopefully he comes back healthy after getting injured against Iowa.
Play of the game . . . Hassan Haskins got Michigan on the board with a 29-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Michigan RB Hassan Haskins scored his first career TD pic.twitter.com/DzCtHMX4z0— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 12, 2019
MVP of the game . . . Cam McGrone. McGrone made 11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble on Saturday. It was against Illinois, a pretty weak team, but he seems to keep getting better. His athleticism is right up there with Devin Bush’s at middle linebacker, and he’s starting to diagnose plays faster. I think the NFL is really going to like him when it comes to draft time in 2021 or 2022.
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