Michigan vs. Rutgers Awards

Michigan vs. Rutgers Awards

November 23, 2020
Giles Jackson (image via Wolverines Wire)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Cade McNamara. I wasn’t quite ready after the Wisconsin game, but now I’m ready. Quarterback Cade McNamara should be the starter going forward. He went 27/36 for 260 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions, and he also ran in 1 touchdown. This happened after starter Joe Milton was 5/12 for 89 yards.

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Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Chris Evans at running back. That’s because I want him to play receiver. I heard Michigan was going to start doing this during Wisconsin week, but that whole game plan got blown up really early, so maybe they just held off. But anyway, Evans did some good things lining up at receiver, including a 21-yard catch and run late in the game. He ended up with 4 catches for 30 yards.

Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Hunter Reynolds. Walk-on safety Hunter Reynolds has been a leader off the field, but he has mostly played on special teams. When safety Brad Hawkins got hurt, Reynolds – not one of the ballyhooed freshman safeties – was the guy who got on the field. He made 3 tackles and played decent in coverage. I’m not calling for him to start, but Hawkins has been questionable at times, so it’s good to have another option there if Hawkins’s injury lingers.

Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Julius Welschof near the goal line. Welschof is a one-trick pony, and that trick is rushing the passer on stunts. Michigan made the mistake of putting him out there last week against Wisconsin, when he got double-teamed across the formation with zero resistance whatsoever. This week Michigan put him in to do what he does best, which is run a stunt . . . except they did it on the 3-yard line, and a quarterback draw scored a touchdown.

Play of the game . . . Giles Jackson’s 95-yard kickoff return touchdown. Michigan was down 17-7 at the half, and it looked like another ugly, embarrassing loss for Michigan. On the second half kickoff, Jackson caught the ball on the left sideline and essentially started running the 100-meter dash. It wasn’t a great play from a physical standpoint – other than showing off his straight-line speed – but it was the spark that started the comeback.

MVP of the game . . . Cade McNamara. This one is obvious. Michigan doesn’t win that game with Joe Milton on the field, regardless of the above play. McNamara made plays that Milton just isn’t capable of making at this point in his career. He finished 27/36 for 260 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions, while running 4 times for 4 yards and 1 touchdown.

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