|Linebacker Brandon Herron picks up a fumble and returns it 29 yards for a touchdown as
former Wolverine Dann O’Neill (#68) chases from behind
Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Michael Shaw. Fitzgerald Toussaint looked pretty solid as the starting running back (11 carries, 80 yards, 2 touchdowns), but Shaw (4 carries, 54 yards, 1 touchdown) has the speed to be a gamebreaker. He also has a little bit of shake to him and can run through a tackle once in awhile. The knock on Toussaint has been his vision, and his 43-yard run could have been longer if he had made a cutback. Both performed well and should continue to see time, but hopefully Shaw gets more than 4 carries next week.
Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Michael Schofield. Schofield got the start at left guard because of an injury to Ricky Barnum. While Schofield didn’t play horribly, he’s too tall at 6’7″ to be a guard and doesn’t have the agility that Barnum does. Big #75 is a capable backup, but hopefully he can get back to being a second string tackle soon.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Brandon Herron. The fifth year senior linebacker got the start at WILL despite being listed second on the depth chart behind Mike Jones. Neither player has lit the world on fire – until Herron’s performance on Saturday – but #58’s outstanding game should warrant another start next week. He tallied a career high 8 tackles to go along with his 94-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 29-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . J.T. Floyd. I’ve never been a big fan of Floyd’s abilities, and he again showed a lack of change-of-direction skills on Saturday. In a perfect world, Floyd would be playing safety. It’s not a perfect world, obviously, because Boubacar Cissoko (who should be a senior) is in jail, Cullen Christian (who should be a sophomore) is at Pitt, and Justin Turner (who should be a redshirt sophomore) is out of football right now. It’s not Floyd’s fault that he isn’t very good at football, but I sure would like to see Troy Woolfolk on the field instead. Floyd’s ceiling is very low.
MVP of the Western Michigan game is . . . Brandon Herron. He accounted for 12 of Michigan’s 34 points and put the Wolverines up for good when he returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown in the middle of the second quarter. It took the breath out of Herron, but it sucked the life out of the Broncos. The fumble return for a TD was the icing on the cake, and the combination of those two plays earned him the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week award.
Play of the game . . . Herron’s 94-yard interception return for a touchdown. Not only did linebacker Jake Ryan bust through the line to bat the ball, but Herron stayed inbounds after catching it, and then raced down the sideline with a convoy of blockers that included 290 lb. defensive tackle Ryan Van Bergen and 300 lb. defensive tackle Mike Martin. It was a total team effort and one of the most exciting plays I’ve experienced as a Michigan fan.
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