Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

December 1, 2020
Hassan Haskins

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Hassan Haskins. Haskins averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 17 attempts (stat line: 17 rushes, 106 yards, 2 TD). The quarterbacks combined to average 4.0 yards per passing attempt. Of course, you’re probably not going to be able to break off big runs if you’re handing off the ball 60 times and throwing it 20 times, but Haskins was not used enough. He’s the most consistent runner behind a mediocre (or bad) offensive line.

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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Cade McNamara. I hate to say it, because I do think McNamara gives Michigan the best chance to win, but McNamara’s throwing shoulder was not operating properly. He was playing pretty well prior to getting injured, and he ended up 12/25 for 91 yards. Hopefully he can get healthy for the Ohio State game, but ultimately, you want him to be healthy long-term.

Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Kwity Paye. I say this not because anyone wants Paye on the sideline, but because Michigan’s defensive line was noticeably more explosively with him on the field after missing two weeks due to injury. With the season spiraling downward, I hope he sticks it out for Michigan’s final two or three games. He made 4 tackles and 1 of just 2 quarterback hurries on the day for the Wolverines.

Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Adam Shibley. It’s great that Shibley is a feel-good story as a walk-on, and he has performed fairly well (6 tackles against PSU). Ultimately, he’s just not a difference-maker as an athlete. Michigan might as well play for the future by getting some young guys playing time, such as Kalel Mullings and Nikhai Hill-Green. Shibley couldn’t keep up with Penn State’s freshman, 230-pound running back, and that physical mismatch is just going to get worse against Maryland and Ohio State.

Play of the game . . . A.J. Henning’s leaping catch for a 28-yard gain. It was the rare big gainer for a Michigan team that only had 112 yards through the air on Saturday, but down 20-10 late in the third quarter, an injured McNamara lofted a slot fade for Henning, who brought down a tough catch.

MVP of the game . . . Hassan Haskins. As mentioned above, Haskins had 17 carries for 106 yards (5.9 yards/carry) and 2 touchdowns. He was the best part of Michigan’s offense. I wish he had a little more top-end speed to turn that 59-yard run into a touchdown, but beggars can’t be choosers.

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