Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Brandon Peters. Peters has only played a couple snaps this season, which included a handoff and a quick pass to Mo Ways for 4 yards. I wasn’t one of the guys longing for Peters against Penn State, but if Michigan can pull away from Rutgers, it would be nice to get Peters some snaps.
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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . John O’Korn. Get Peters in the game and/or show some creativity by putting in a Wildcat package for someone like Chris Evans, which was rumored in the offseason.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Kwity Paye. Paye got some run on Saturday night, and he responded with 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 0.5 sacks. That’s not bad for a true freshman from Rhode Island that not many recruiting gurus took note of, though he did get voted into the Under Armour All-American Game. Chase Winovich needs a break sometimes, and maybe Paye is the guy to provide it.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Mike McCray II covering wheel routes. I like McCray and think he gets a bad rap sometimes, but he shouldn’t be covering wheel routes or running backs lined up in the slot.
Let’s see more of this guy on special teams . . . Ambry Thomas. Thank goodness Thomas seems to have permanently replaced Kekoa Crawford as the kickoff return guy. Thomas had 3 kickoff returns for 87 yards (29 yards/return), including a 43-yarder. It only took the coaches half of a season to figure it out.
Let’s see less of this guy on special teams . . . Brad Hawkins. I’ve been rather confused for a few weeks why Hawkins – who was not known for his speed coming out of high school – has been back as the secondary kickoff return guy. He had 2 returns for 26 yards on Saturday (13 yards/return), and he’s averaging 14 yards/return on the year. I don’t know why Michigan’s coaching staff has continued to put non-playmakers back to return kicks.
Play of the game . . . O’Korn’s 23-yard completion to Kekoa Crawford. It was Crawford’s lone reception, but we’ve been talking about Crawford not making any plays for weeks. I’ll give credit where credit is due. He made a great adjustment on a ball that O’Korn had to throw early when he knew he was going to take a huge hit. It was a nice play from both parties.
Player of the game . . . Khaleke Hudson. It’s hard to pick anyone out in a 42-13 blowout loss, but I thought Hudson played pretty well. He would have had the play of the game and potentially a momentum-changer if he had been able to hold onto an attempted screen that Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley threw from his own endzone. Hudson jumped and got both hands on it from point-blank range, but he wasn’t able to maintain possession as he fell to the ground and it forced PSU to punt. Hudson ended the game with 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and the aforementioned PBU.
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