Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

Michigan vs. Penn State Awards


October 22, 2019
Ronnie Bell (image via Wolverines Wire)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Ronnie Bell. Maybe this is an emotional reaction to the backlash Bell received for dropping the potential game-tying or game-winning pass on Saturday night, but I thought the kid played very well overall. He caught 5 passes for 82 yards, he blocks, and he earns yards after the catch. He’s Michigan’s version of Julian Edelman. And yes, that means he’s Michigan’s best receiver.

Hit the jump for more.

Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Luke Schoonmaker. I know Schoonmaker caught a touchdown pass against Illinois. He’s not a bad athlete, but is he one of Michigan’s best 11 or 12 or 13 offensive players? No, he’s not. I might be able to understand if he was out there for his blocking, but he’s not a good blocker.

Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Daxton Hill. I’m generally a fan of bringing along freshman safeties slowly, and it’s been half a season with Hill getting limited snaps. Athletically, he’s ready to play with the big boys, and his reaction time is getting up to speed, too. There might be some issues working him in with starters Josh Metellus and Brad Hawkins already established, but whether he plays a lot now or not, 2020 is going to be a full go.

Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Brad Hawkins blowing coverages. Not every team has a K.J. Hamler, and I won’t put the slot fade touchdown on him; he was simply outmatched. But on the second Hamler touchdown – the post route that “beat” Josh Metellus – Hawkins was doing diddly squat when he should have been playing Hamler’s post.

Play of the game . . . Ronnie Bell’s 35-yard catch-and-run. This would have been my pick, regardless of the post-game shenanigans. Bell caught a bubble pass, sliced between a couple pretty good blocks, made a nice jump cut, and showed some toughness to get Michigan down in scoring territory.

MVP of the game . . . Shea Patterson. Patterson’s overall numbers weren’t great, but he kept Michigan in the game, moved well in the pocket, and did what he needed to do to put Michigan in a position to tie or win against a pretty good team. He was 24/41 for 276 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception, along with running 12 times for 34 yards and 1 touchdown. He missed a couple reads in the run game and threw a terrible interception, but overall, I thought it was one of his top few games in a Michigan uniform. It hasn’t been talked about much, but Penn State was allowing just over 8 points per game and hadn’t given up more than 13 points in any game this year until Michigan scored 21.

29 comments

  1. Avatar
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    je93
    Oct 22, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Couldn’t agree more on Schoonmaker & Dax

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    ragingbull
    Oct 22, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    far from perfect overall but huge step in the right direction for patterson. he finally seemed to play with some confidence. still needs to work on decisions in the run game but he played well, especially on 3rd down

  3. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Oct 22, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Maybe more a matter of what I expose myself to than reality but I saw a whole lot of support for Bell in the aftermath of the drop. Of course there are some trash-people are out there but it was nice to see the majority understand he was going to take it harder than anyone else on the planet. As it should be.

  4. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Oct 22, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Michigan needs to be careful with how they manage Hawkins and Hill. With Woods gone and Metellus graduated safety depth will be thin next year.

  5. GrandLake
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    GrandLake
    Oct 22, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Let’s see less: punting on 4th and 1 from PSU 47yd line on first drive and 58 yd field goals. UM was actually moving ball early and to think they can’t pull 1 yd is showing a lack of faith in Offense. Also Hart has not shown much in pinning teams deep and naturally the kick went right into end zone.
    Good to know now Moody can hit anything up to approx 52yds but with no Nordin who can theoretically make it from that distance am not sure what the point was of this was it left PSU in good field position. Again would rather see UM go for it given the low,prob of 3 pts. Am still surprised Franklin didn’t keep Hamler out there to return the kick – he was actually in the end zone and then they removed him after TO.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Oct 23, 2019 at 11:57 AM

      What happened to Nordin? Is he hurt? Transfer?

      When I saw Hamler back to return the kick I thought it was a great time for a fake.

      • GrandLake
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        GrandLake
        Oct 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM

        Word is that he is hurt. I would be surprised if he is still around next year – has a lot of leg but looks like a golfer who gets on the tee and isn’t really sure where the ball is going. Change of scenery might do him good.

        • Lanknows
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          Lanknows
          Oct 23, 2019 at 5:19 PM

          Thanks. I hadn’t heard.

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        je93
        Oct 23, 2019 at 3:34 PM

        Questioning the coaches, and spreading transfer rumors in one post? You are what you hate Lank!

        • Lanknows
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          Lanknows
          Oct 23, 2019 at 5:18 PM

          faaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt

  6. 17years
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    17years
    Oct 23, 2019 at 2:05 AM

    Let’s see less of this guy… Josh Gattis. The emperor’s has no clothes.

  7. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Oct 23, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    “We are asking Jim Harbaugh to put Michigan in a spot that they’ve never been in their history — and during an era in which Ohio State is achieving at its highest clip in its history.” — @JoelKlatt

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    je93
    Oct 23, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Klatt’s statement is not true

    MICHIGAN has won plenty of B1G titles. JH hasn’t gotten us closer than third

    MICHIGAN beat ohio regularly when I started following (80s). JH has added another four losses to the rivalry

    MICHIGAN has even won National titles. At this point, starting a game with a TimeOut, only throwing deep once per game (even though it’s actually something that works), etc are all things keeping us from getting even close to back at pre-Tressel levels

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Oct 23, 2019 at 6:22 PM

      “keeping us from getting even close to back at pre-Tressel levels”

      So you think Michigan should define itself relative to a less successful past version of OSU rather than the current version?

      Michigan is not winning Big Ten titles now because the Big Ten is better than it used to be – particularly at the top (i.e., OSU).

      Michigan has not won a national title outright since 1947.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Oct 23, 2019 at 6:40 PM

        1988 – Big Ten had 2 ranked teams and only 2 teams finished with more than 6 wins.

        2018 – Big Ten had 5 ranked teams and 8 finished with more than 6 wins.

        In both years Michigan lost to both top 5 teams they played. In both year Michigan beat two ranked teams.

        Maybe you prefer playing unranked Iowa to a tie vs losing to number 10 Florida in a bowl game but the truth is that 2018 Michigan was about as good as Bo’s most successful teams of the 1980s.

        The big difference is that OSU isn’t 4-6-1 anymore.

        Nebraska and Penn State also remember past times a lot more fondly – because they were busy not getting it handed to them by OSU and the rest of the Big Ten.

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    je93
    Oct 23, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Excuses

    2018: purdont beat ohio
    2017: Iowa beat ohio
    2016: PennSt beat ohio
    2015: sparty beat ohio

    Ohio State is a powerhouse; there’s no denying that. But that doesn’t mean they are unbeatable. Lesser talented teams have beat them with less-resourced coaching staff

    Harbaugh doesn’t want the excuses, so why do fans use them?

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Oct 23, 2019 at 11:36 PM

      Nobody said they were unbeatable.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Oct 23, 2019 at 11:39 PM

      If Harbaugh had beaten OSU in 2017 and lost to Iowa this year instead you’d still be whining online, it’d just be about beating the teams you’re supposed to beat instead of OSU.

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        je93
        Oct 23, 2019 at 11:57 PM

        I don’t whine

        Just because someone disagrees with you, doesn’t make them a whiner

        Be better than that

        • Lanknows
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          Lanknows
          Oct 24, 2019 at 1:26 PM

          If it walks like a duck

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            je93
            Oct 24, 2019 at 10:34 PM

            You just don’t get sports. If you had played, you’d know ANY loss sucks

            It’s not whining to not like it. You’ll never be able to comprehend

            That’s fine. Insults are when I know you’ve given up on making a point

            • Lanknows
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              Lanknows
              Oct 25, 2019 at 11:34 AM

              Impressive amount of wrong packed into just a few sentences. Instead of pointing out where, I’ll just let you have your claim to expertise in losing.

              The only one insulting you here is you.

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                je93
                Oct 25, 2019 at 10:37 PM

                Lol, “wrong”

                Ty Law, Charles Woodson, Doug Skene… I can go on

                People who have played – especially MICHIGAN football players have all said as much. It’s a cultural thing, so I don’t expect you to understand

              • Lanknows
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                Lanknows
                Oct 26, 2019 at 10:17 AM

                You sound more like Braylon Edwards or Marcus Ray to me. Charles Woodson and Tom Brady aren’t blathering on and on about Year 5 every week and talking about which freshman QB has a flawed character and is going to transfer.

                Here’s a fact — you didn’t play for Michigan. You’re not one of those guys. You don’t coach there. You didn’t even go there. You’re a FAN. And not a very good one at that.

                One thing you learn playing sports is the difference between a player and a fan. Nobody takes the losses as hard as those experiencing it. People in the stands can put away the loss faster than you. They can console you or celebrate with you but they aren’t thinking about it X days later like you are while eating your cheerios or riding around or in the shower.

                The topic you raise – what playing or coaching sports teaches you – is a good one. Of course you get it wrong. It doesn’t teach you to be competitive – you can see those traits in 2 and 3 year olds. What it teaches you is what to do with those feelings. How are YOU going to react and then act going forward.

                You’ll learn that people are different. Some don’t care. Anyone who has played team sports knows that some take losing much harder than others. Sports doesn’t change that it exposes it. You see that difference in competitiveness, resilience, and work ethic beyond sports also. You see how talent is only part of the equation.

                To put it bluntly – and to your credit you did hit on this JE – you learn what to do with losing. In organized sports you’re going to get a good bit of both losing and winning, even in little league. In life too obviously, but there’s not always going to be a scoreboard to spell it out like in sports so it’s easier to whitewash or ignore.

                You learn, sooner or later, that whining crying or yelling doesn’t get you anything. Working harder does. You can scream to the sky or you can cry in the back of the bus or you can stare out into the void. Those emotions only matter if they turn into action. If they motivate – you or your teammates or your players.

                Your whining doesn’t matter. You’re on a message board not the locker room. The players don’t care about this. The coaches don’t read it. You’re a fan writing on a blog. Either you’re doing that for fun or not.

                But please keep exposing your ignorance and hypocrisy. Keep lecturing me about how I haven’t played sports and how I should take losses as a fan and how I shouldn’t tell people how to be fans. Please keep telling yourself how you’re just like Charles Woodson when you complain on a message board.

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                  je93
                  Oct 26, 2019 at 2:12 PM

                  Blah, blah, blah … More words & lies

                  Who did I insult? Who’s character have I EVER questioned? You’re making stuff up in hopes of justifying your feelings

                  I never compared myself to Woodson or even mentioned Brady. I pointed out former players who are reasonably critical. I have done so without insulting or demanding someone leave/get fired

                  Please, stop trying to explain competition to me. You can’t win there. Stick to spreadsheets of data collected by others

                • Thunder
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                  Oct 26, 2019 at 4:23 PM

                  *munches on popcorn*

                • Lanknows
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                  Lanknows
                  Oct 27, 2019 at 12:03 PM

                  Pointer finger to my lips.

                  Ahhhhhhh.

              • Lanknows
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                Lanknows
                Oct 27, 2019 at 12:04 PM

                We’ll see if JE is a man of his word or not. I’ll be surprised but tip my cap if so. [Edited by Thunder]

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