Michigan vs. Iowa Awards

Michigan vs. Iowa Awards


October 10, 2019
Aidan Hutchinson and Kwity Paye (image via Wolverines Wire)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Tru Wilson. Wilson had 4 carries for 28 yards in a little bit of action on Saturday. One reason he has not played much so far this year is because of a broken hand he suffered in camp. Another reason is that freshman Zach Charbonnet has shown promise, but Charbonnet has some vision issues and hasn’t developed the patience required.

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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Zach Charbonnet. No, I’m not looking for Charbonnet to get benched, but I would like to see Wilson take some of Charbonnet’s carries. So far Charbonnet has 61, Christian Turner has 36, and Hassan Haskins has 14. Even backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, who has been injured for three weeks, has 11 carries. Charbonnet is doing okay, but Wilson has a better understanding of the run game right now.

Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Daxton Hill. Hill has given Michigan’s defense and special teams a boost over the past couple weeks. He has 6 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1 pass breakup over the past two weeks, and that’s not to mention the 25-yard catch-and-run he had against Army in week two. I agree with developing safeties slowly, but it’s about time for him to be unleashed.

Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . no one. The defense played really well last Saturday, and the rotations seem to be just fine now, all things considered. Michael Dwumfour came back at defensive tackle and had a solid game, and Cameron McGrone is doing a decent job filling in for the injured Joshua Ross, who is not expected to be back this week.

Play of the game . . . the ball probably isn’t completed if Lavert Hill doesn’t make this play, but still, Lavert Hill stalled an Iowa drive in Michigan territory with a pick at the 4-yard line.

MVP of the game . . . Kwity Paye. Paye abused Iowa’s offensive line until he left with a lower body injury. He racked up 4 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 quarterback hurries. A very close honorable mention goes to Aidan Hutchinson, who had 6 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 fumble forced, and 1 pass breakup. I give the edge to Paye because I felt like he set the tone early for a dominant defensive performance, but Hutchinson had a great week, too.

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    je93
    Oct 10, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Paye was an absolute man out there. Hutch too, but I give the slight nod to paye

    This is the type of “competition” between DEs I hoped to see when rashan was here

    • Thunder
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      Oct 10, 2019 at 9:49 AM

      Yep. Hutchinson’s 2 forced fumbles and 2 pass breakups this season are both more than Gary had in his entire career. The sack numbers are lagging a little behind overall, but Hutchinson is playing very well. And Paye’s not quite as destructive as Winovich, but he’s doing well at WDE. Both of them are doing it without a ton of production from the defensive tackles, although Kemp has quietly been doing a good job in the middle.

  2. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Oct 10, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Impossible not to be pleased with the defense this week but we can’t forget Wisconsin debacle. They’ll get much bigger tests in the weeks to come too.

    I’m hopeful Ross can return and start rotating with Glasgow. I think the secondary rotation looks perfect right now. Dwumfour needs to stay healthy along with the other 3 starters.

  3. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Oct 10, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    I’m ready to see a bit less of Ronnie Bell. Patterson seems to love him but I want Collins, DPJ, and Black getting more targets.

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      je93
      Oct 10, 2019 at 12:33 PM

      Black? No thanks

      That guy lost a lot in his two years missed

      • Thunder
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        Oct 10, 2019 at 1:14 PM

        I haven’t really seen much from Black that makes me want to see more of him. I get a little bit of a Ronald Bellamy feel from him. You know, a guy who’s decent but not a standout. I see the route running and the athleticism and toughness from Ronnie Bell. I see the size and strength of Collins. I see the overall athleticism and speed of Donovan Peoples-Jones. I’m not sure there are any traits of Black’s that stand out.

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          je93
          Oct 10, 2019 at 8:24 PM

          Yeah, I’m pretty sure I disagreed with the countdown. I was sure Black would look more like he did against MTSU, than he has since

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Oct 10, 2019 at 6:45 PM

      i could be mistaken but I thought Black started last game over Collins

  4. GrandLake
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    GrandLake
    Oct 10, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Lets see more of this: good RB pass protection. Not sure if its just the return of Tru (who had a great pickup on blitzing CB) but Turner also had a good pickup on an LB running free (think it was the play where Shea held ball forever until Epenesa almost ended him) and even Haskins appears to have improved in this regard. Seems to be the only thing getting better on offense.
    Also any QB coaching – maybe I’m reaching here and Shea is just not going to improve but we know he can play better given last year. I made a semi-serious comment after the WI game of bringing back Jedd Fisch to run the offense and it seems to me he was QB coach the last time UM QB’s (Ruddock and 1st year Speight) were showing any type of improvement throughout year. All of the coaching staff is VERY highly compensated and this is a position that is just not improving.

    Lets see less of this: mediocre results from Ruiz. Not saying he should not be starting and Warriner seems to be the only offensive coach who is earning his paycheck but there sure seems to be a lot less concern about him leaving for the NFL than there was 6 weeks ago.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Oct 10, 2019 at 6:47 PM

      Speight famously fell off quite a bit at the end of 2016.

      Fisch fetishes are weird.

      • GrandLake
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        GrandLake
        Oct 10, 2019 at 7:38 PM

        Probably because it’s the last time the position has looked even remotely competent.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Oct 11, 2019 at 12:40 PM

        Patterson was well above competent last year.

        I give some credit to Fisch for squeezing a lot out of Speight but things ended badly and then he moved to another job, like he always does.

        If you judged Fisch after 5 games he wouldn’t have done very well either. Rudock had 5 TDs and 6 INTs.

        Early struggles have been there for all 3 pass game coordinators under Harbaugh. And among the other recent OCs (Nussmeir, Borges, Magee) the only one who didn’t struggle early was Borges – likely because he knew deliberately managed the transition all season long with Denard rather than try to flip a switch.

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