|Maybe Wisconsin is good for something.|
Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Kelvin Grady. I never really expected much from Grady, but he’s turned out to be more of a player this year. His playing time diminished last year, and it seems to have diminished once again this season. But it seems like every time Michigan quarterbacks throw in Grady’s direction, he makes a good play. I don’t think he’s a gamebreaker or in line for the #1 jersey; he just seems clutch. The kid has 16 catches for 200 yards on the season (12.5 yards per catch) and made a very nice catch on a ball thrown behind him this past Saturday.
Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . eh, I dunno. I thought the guys played pretty well on Saturday. Denard Robinson failed to make some key plays on Saturday, but I’m not about to call for him to be benched at this point. He’s pretty good and stuff.
Let’s see more of this guy on defense . . . Thomas Gordon. What ever happened to Thomas Gordon? He hasn’t played defense since the Illinois game, and he hasn’t been on the injury report, either. When I see 5’10” and . . . ahem . . . 197 lb. true freshman free safety Ray Vinopal creeping up to the line to run blitz, it makes me wonder why Prison Abs Gordon is sitting on the sideline. Gordon isn’t huge, but he’s had a couple years in the strength and conditioning program and he didn’t earn the aforementioned nickname for nothing.
Let’s see less of this guy on defense . . . run-blitzing Ray Vinopal. Greg Robinson, leave Vinopal 10-15 yards off the ball. Yeah, he takes good angles and hasn’t really let anyone behind him yet this year. I’m not sure what those qualities have to do with him stopping 5’11”, 236 lb. Montee Ball running up the middle every play and/or taking on a tight end/fullback/offensive lineman. That’s just poor defensive scheming. It’s not like you don’t have other options (Cam Gordon, Thomas Gordon, and Jordan Kovacs) to send on a run blitz, guys who are more adept and more physically ready to make those plays. But, you know, whatever. I can’t say I was surprised to see a harebrained defensive scheme fail miserably in Week 11.
MVP of the Wisconsin game . . . Denard Robinson. It’s odd that Denard passed for 239 yards, rushed for 121 yards, and accounted for all 4 touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing) . . . and I still wasn’t that impressed. I’m sure there are a lot of plays that Robinson wishes he could do over, and it’s a testament to the offense’s design that so many plays were left on the field. Denard was clearly Michigan’s best player in the game, but losing by 20 points makes it tough to call anyone an “MVP.”
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