Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

November 16, 2021
Aidan Hutchinson (image via MLive)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Blake Corum. Corum missed most of the Indiana game and the entire Penn State game, leaving the Wolverines to rely heavily on Hassan Haskins. Corum has 130 carries for 778 yards (5.98 yards/carry) and 10 touchdowns. A report came out on Saturday that Corum would miss the next two games, but it’s unclear if that meant he would be out through the Maryland game or the Ohio State game. I’m not expecting Corum to come back this week, but it would be great if he could be back by OSU.

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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Donovan Edwards. Edwards had just 2 carries for 2 yards on Saturday in a backup role. Those carries came early in the game, and he got yanked when it became apparent that the moment was too big for him. He lost his balance without being touched. That left Hassan Haskins to carry the load entirely on his own, as Haskins notched a career-high 31 rushing attempts. Edwards will be good down the road, but he’s not right now.

Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Rod Moore. I actually don’t have much of a problem with Michigan’s defensive rotations these days, but Moore (6 tackles) just looks the part of a quality safety. He has the quickness of a corner and the physicality of a safety, and that’s what I wish Michigan would get more of from the safety position.

Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . nobody.

Play of the game . . . Cade McNamara’s 47-yard touchdown pass to Erick All. This comes as a surprise to no one, but late in the game when Michigan was down 17-14, the Wolverines needed a big play. They got it from one of the unlikeliest places: a tight end who hasn’t done much in the way of big plays. All has been a solid player this season, but Michigan is rarely able to get him in a position to get upfield. McNamara hit him on a crossing route, and as he turned upfield, it almost looked like he thought he was going to get submarined by a safety. When the contact didn’t come, he turned upfield and outraced a couple defensive backs to the pylon, which turned out to be the game-winning play.

MVP of the game . . . Aidan Hutchinson. Especially at the start of the game, Hutchinson was a terror (along with bookend outside ‘backer David Ojabo). Hutchinson finished with 7 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble, while Ojabo made 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 quarterback hurries. The combination of the two forced Sean Clifford to get rid of the ball early at times, and by the end of the game, he was beaten and battered into making too many errant throws and rushed decisions.

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