|Mike Martin tore through Purdue’s offensive line all day Saturday|
Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Fitzgerald Toussaint. Getting only two carries against Michigan State was a tad ridiculous, but Toussaint is clearly the best pure running back on the roster. He can hit the homerun, he can run over people, and he can make people miss. As long as he stays healthy, the job seems to be his. The coaches keep saying that nobody has stood out from the rest of the pack, but maybe that’s because the whole group is pretty good.
Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . a backup lineman. Things are starting to get a little hairy on the offensive line. Both Ricky Barnum and Taylor Lewan are banged up, and with the bye week in the rearview mirror, they won’t get any significant amount of time to heal up before the end of the regular season. Michael Schofield is the top backup at guard and tackle, but the thing about Schofield is that he can’t play both guard and tackle at the same time. Hopefully Lewan visits Miracle Max and gets a magical healing potion soon.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . .
Blake Countess William Campbell. I was going to make a case for Countess, but it turns out he’s going to be the starter against Iowa, at least if reality falls in line with the depth chart that was released on Monday. So I’ll throw my hat in the ring for Campbell. Campbell has done a nice job this year, and while he hasn’t been a consistent playmaker, guys like Will Heininger and Nathan Brink aren’t doing anything special, either. My starting defensive line would be Ryan Van Bergen, Mike Martin, Campbell, and Craig Roh.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . J.T. Floyd. I know some people think Floyd is playing at a high level, but I just don’t see it. He’s a tentative tackler and doesn’t make enough plays for my tastes. I will admit that Floyd has improved since last season, but that’s not saying much. Countess and Courtney Avery have surpassed him, in my opinion.
Play of the game . . . Toussaint’s 59-yard touchdown run. He took a pitch going left, made seven Boilermakers miss, and then turned on the jets to leave everyone in the dust. It was the type of run that Michigan fans haven’t seen from a running back in years. Carlos Brown never made that many people miss, Brandon Minor would have lowered his shoulder and run over a couple dudes, and Mike Hart probably would have been caught from behind. Hopefully there’s more where that came from in the weeks ahead.
MVP of the game . . . Toussaint. Mike Martin (7 tackles, 2 sacks) is a close second, but Toussaint’s output (20 carries, 170 yards, 2 touchdowns) was the highest for a running back since Hart back in 2007.
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