Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . the running back with the hot hand. Hassan Haskins had the best game on the ground for Michigan, rushing 8 times for 56 yards (7.0 yards/carry) and 1 touchdown. He had the hot hand for a team that’s trying to spread around the carries. In a close game, you need to stick with the hot hand. I like Zach Charbonnet’s speed and toughness, and I like Blake Corum’s quickness and vision, but Haskins was doing well, and the staff just forced the other guys in there. Why is a guy who’s getting 7.0 yards/carry only running the ball 8 times when the quarterback is only getting 5.9 yards per attempt passing the ball?
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Erick All. Michigan has a fifth year senior Nick Eubanks and a redshirt sophomore in Luke Schoonmaker. All might be the most talented of the three, but he probably already has more drops (at least 3) than Eubanks has in his career. Quarterback Joe Milton is targeting All too much, and it’s taking away from his desire to scan the whole field.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . a corner in a deep third. Don Brown has his work cut out for him this year in a bigger way than any time before during his Michigan tenure. He wants to be aggressive and play man coverage, but he just doesn’t have The Dudes. Vincent Gray is not a guy who can be put on an island. Gemon Green might get there, but he’s not there yet. Brown needs to start working on different and more varied coverages, whether it’s Quarters, Cover 3, etc. I don’t think Brown has done a good job this season of matching his defensive scheme to his personnel.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Vincent Gray. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I don’t think Gray can last where he is now. He seems like a guy who would be a prime candidate for a move to safety next year. In fact, Michigan would probably be better off moving Dax Hill to corner and putting Gray at safety. (Word is that Hill has balked at the idea of playing corner.) Gray’s athleticism has been a big question mark going all the way back to high school, and at this point, I think the writing is on the wall.
Play of the game . . . Hassan Haskins’s 19-yard run. It’s kind of sad that this is probably the biggest highlight of the game, but Haskins broke a couple tackles and hurdled a defender on the sideline.
MVP of the game . . . Hassan Haskins. He had 8 carries for 56 yards (7.0 yards/carry) and 1 touchdown.
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