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.
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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.
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