— Wolverine Corner (@WolverineCorner) October 14, 2018
Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Dylan McCaffrey. I liked that Michigan started trying to devise ways to get McCaffrey involved in the offense, even with Shea Patterson still in the game. It didn’t prove beneficial in this game (McCaffrey lined up at slot receiver, motioned in behind the QB, and then ran a return motion while Michigan threw a quick screen to the opposite side), but it may set up some things in the future. The presence of an athletic QB (who had a 44-yard TD run) who can also throw the ball is probably more versatile than having a Wildcat QB like Jabrill Peppers, even though McCaffrey isn’t as explosive.
Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Joe Milton. I get that teams are going to use the new redshirt rule to their advantage, but I didn’t like seeing Milton so early in the game against Wisconsin. I don’t mind his playing time, but I would have preferred to see it just if/when the game got out of hand, like his 23-yard run when Michigan already had a significant, insurmountable lead.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Rashan Gary. I would really, really like to see him healthy for Michigan State next week.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . Kwity Paye. Because I want Gary to start.
Play of the game . . . Shea Patterson’s 81-yard run. Not only was the 81-yard run a huge play that set up a touchdown, but it showed the evolution of Michigan’s play-calling and design. There are pieces of Jim Harbaugh’s offense that he has not been able to use much without a talent like Patterson, but now some of those things can be implemented. That’s something new for MSU and other opponents to evaluate and defend, which might open up other opportunities within the offense.
MVP MVC of the game . . . Ed Warinner. I know this is cheating a little bit, but the biggest difference-maker in this game was offensive line coach Ed Warinner. Even with a somewhat depleted Wisconsin front, past Michigan offensive lines would have struggled mightily with Wisconsin’s defensive linemen and linebackers. They controlled the line of scrimmage up front, and generally, the only pressure on Patterson came when he held onto the ball forever due to Wisconsin’s great job of covering on the back end.
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