Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Hassan Haskins. Haskins had 20 carries for 149 yards. This is just an affirmation of his fantastic overall play over the past few weeks, not necessarily a request to see him get more than 20 carries. Those 20 attempts included a 49-yard run, a highlight-reel hurdle, and lots of broken tackles. He’s averaging 6.2 yards per carry on the year.
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . that one left-handed quarterback. I forget his name, but I hope he never plays another down at Michigan.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Daxton Hill. At this point I believe Hill is one of Michigan’s best eleven healthy defensive players. Hutchinson, Kemp, Paye, McGrone, Hudson, Glasgow, Lavert Hill, Thomas, Metellus, Hawkins, and Daxton Hill are at the top in the defensive rotation. Michigan running a 3-3-5 with three safeties seems to be a good look against spread teams.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Michael Dwumfour. I guess in the above equation, Dwumfour would be removed from the equation. He’s not playing poorly now that he’s healthy, but he’s not one of the top eleven, either.
Play of the game . . . Michigan getting a punt blocked. Yes, who would have known that Michigan having its punt blocked would turn into perhaps the biggest momentum swing of the game . . . in favor of Michigan? With a 0-0 tie and standing in his own end zone, Will Hart’s punt was blocked but still went beyond the line of scrimmage. Notre Dame linebacker/special teamer Jonathan Jones – who was once VERY close to committing to Michigan – tried to corral the punt, but it squirted out, only to be recovered by Michigan. Basically, since the kick still went beyond the line of scrimmage, it was treated as a muffed punt, meaning the Wolverines could recover it; that nuance seemed to be misunderstood by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. Michigan would proceed to break the scoreless tie by driving for a field goal.
MVP of the game . . . the offensive line. It’s hard to grade singular offensive linemen based on one watching of the film, but the big guys up front manhandled the Notre Dame defensive line. I thought both offensive guards (Ben Bredeson, Michael Onwenu) played extremely well. Michigan averaged 5.3 yards per carry on 57 attempts and tallied 303 yards on the ground. It was pure domination in the trenches.
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