Michigan vs. Indiana Awards

Michigan vs. Indiana Awards

November 9, 2020
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Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Jalen Mayfield. Naturally, because it’s 2020 and everything sucks, Michigan had one returning starter on the offensive line and that lone returning starter was the first lineman to get hurt. Mayfield missed the Indiana game, and so did left tackle Ryan Hayes. I said in the lead-up to the game that I thought Michigan would lose the game if Mayfield didn’t play. The Wolverines had 18 rushing attempts for 13 yards (0.7 yards/carry) and the Hoosiers had 3 sacks.

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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Erick All. This might turn into my weekly pet peeve, but there Michigan was targeting tight end Erick All again, and there he was dropping it again. I think the count so far this year is 5 catches and 4 drops, but it might be 5. He has dropped at least one easy pass in every game this season. All is the best blocking tight end on the team, but his hands have been atrocious this year. I think A.J. Williams and Eddie McDoom had better catch rates than All.

Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Andre Seldon, Jr. Seldon was an Under Armour All-American and a standout during the week. Cornerback is a position where talented athletes can play early. He has reportedly been dealing with an injury, so I’m not saying Michigan should throw him out there with no care for his health. But when he’s healthy, I would like to see him get some time because . . .

Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Vincent Gray. Gray had a pass breakup in this game, and everyone acted like that PBU was 4th down on the game-sealing play. I think it was in the second quarter. I don’t begrudge the excitement, but that’s how bad things have been for Gray, that a relatively insignificant PBU was seen as a giant step forward. He proceeded to get beaten by a mediocre receiver for a touchdown shortly thereafter.

Play of the game . . . Michigan’s first score came on a 37-yard post route from Joe Milton to Cornelius Johnson. The leaping, sprawling touchdown catch reminded me of the (too infrequent) body control displayed by Donovan Peoples-Jones over the previous few seasons. More of that, please.

MVP of the game . . . Ronnie Bell. Bell had 6 catches for 149 yards (24.8 yards/catch) and 1 touchdown. If you take away his long catch of 52 yards, he still had 5 catches for 97 yards. Bell is no longer the frequent RPO target because he has changed positions, but he is still getting open on the outside. Michigan needs to find a way to get him the ball more often, because he didn’t really get active until the second half.

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