2011 Spring Game Statistics, Part Deux

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17May 2011
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2011 Spring Game Statistics, Part Deux

Here’s a contribution from reader/commenter ironman4579, who went back and tallied Michigan’s spring game statistics.  There are a few somewhat minor differences between his and those from Rivals that I posted last week, but he adds a more specific breakdown that might be interesting to you.  Kudos to him for his work:
I messed up somewhere on QB rushing, so I haven’t included those numbers.  I’ve included a passing breakdown of short (under 10 yards) intermediate (10-20) and long (20+).  The yards after catch and run after catch numbers might seem off (Mike Cox has more yards after contact than yards), but I went with the place a guy was first hit (or caught the ball) as the starting point.  Obviously if he was hit 3 yards in the backfield, and managed to get back to the original line, he shouldn’t get 0 YAC.  Also tackles are basically just the guy I felt was “most” responsible for the tackle.  I didn’t break it down into half tackles or anything.  The receiving numbers should be off by one.  Gardner completed a pass to a guy that I never got a look at.
As a final note, I only included the guys that we all actually expect might see some time this year, or were at least somewhat well known prospects.  The odds of a guy like Teric Jones seeing much action probably aren’t great.
Denard Robinson– 5/14 (35.7%), 66 yards, 1 INT (completions of 7, 28, 20, 11, 0) (Short: 4/6 (66.7%), Intermediate: 1/7 (14.3%) 1 INT, 1 throwaway)
Devin Gardner– 6/12 (50%), 113 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT (completions of 48, 10, 10, 5, 11, 29) (Short: 2/3 (66.7), Intermediate: 2/4 (50%) 1 INT, Long: 2/5 (40%) 1 INT)
Mike Cox– 4 carries, 82 yards (20.5 YPC) 1 TD (runs of 68, 10, -1, 5), 84 Yards After Contact, 3 broken tackles
Mike Shaw– 3 carries, 39 yards (13 YPC), (runs of 9, 5, 25), 11 YAC, 1 Broken Tackle
Fitzgerald Toussaint– 7 carries, 14 yards (2 YPC), (runs of 2, -2, 5, 0, 5, 2, 2), 3 YAC, 1 Broken Tackle
Stephen Hopkins– 6 carries, 16 yards (2.7 YPC), (runs of 2, 4, 3, 0, 3, 4), 10 YAC
Vincent Smith– 1 carry, 0 yards
Kevin Koger– 1 catch, 7 yards
Vincent Smith– 1 catch, 28 yards, 25 Run After Catch
Junior Hemingway– 1 catch, 20 yards, 17 RAC
Roy Roundtree– 1 catch, 12 yards
Darryl Stonum– 1 catch, 0 yards, 3 RAC, 1 Drop
Kelvin Grady– 1 catch, 10 yards
Jeremy Jackson– 1 catch, 10 yards
Jordan Barpal– 1 catch, 48 yards
Je’Ron Stokes– 2 catches, 34 yards, 1 TD
Mike Jones- 3
Jordan Kovacs- 2
Tony Anderson- 2
Mike Jones- 2
Mike Martin- 2
Carvin Johnson- 2
Marvin Robinson- 2
Thomas Gordon- 2
Kenny Wilkins- 2
JB Fitzgerald- 2
Richard Ash- 2
Terrence Talbott- 2
Quinton Washington- 2
Craig Roh- 1
Jibreel Black- 1
Floyd Simmons- 1
Jake Ryan- 1
Jordan Paskorz- 1
 Tackles For Loss
Craig Roh- 1
Carvin Johnson- 1
Jake Ryan- 1
Marvin Robinson- 1
JB Fitzgerald- 1
Thomas Gordon- 1
Carvin Johnson- 1
Jake Ryan- 1
JB Fitzgerald- 1
Carvin Johnson- 2
Jake Ryan- 1
Marell Evans- 1
 Pass Breakups
Tony Anderson- 1
Josh Furman- 1
 Missed Tackles (basically just broken tackles)
Jordan Kovacs- 1
Brandon Herron- 1
Floyd Simmons- 1
Jake Ryan- 1
Courtney Avery- 1

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10May 2011
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2011 Spring Game Statistics

I haven’t seen these posted anywhere and struggled to find them through a Google search, so here are the statistics from Michigan’s spring game on April 16, as tallied by The Wolverine:

Denard Robinson: 5/14, 71 yards
Devin Gardner: 5/10, 99 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Steve Wilson: 0/2
Jack Kennedy: 1/2, 10 yards

Michael Cox: 4 carries, 82 yards, 1 TD
Denard Robinson: 6 carries, 48 yards
Michael Shaw: 3 carries, 39 yards
Stephen Hopkins: 6 carries, 17 yards
Fitzgerald Toussaint: 7 carries, 14 yards
Jihad Rasheed: 3 carries, 10 yards
O’Neil Swanson: 3 carries, 5 yards
Steve Wilson: 1 carry, 1 yard
Vincent Smith: 1 carry, 0 yards
Jack Kennedy: 1 carry, -3 yards
Devin Gardner: 4 carries, -9 yards

Jordan Barpal: 1 catch, 50 yards
Je’ron Stokes: 2 catches, 34 yards, 1 TD
Vincent Smith: 1 catch, 33 yards
Kelvin Grady: 1 catch, 10 yards
O’Neil Swanson: 1 catch, 10 yards
Kevin Koger: 1 catch, 7 yards

Jake Ryan: 2
Carvin Johnson: 1
Craig Roh: 1

Carvin Johnson: 2
Marell Evans: 1
Jake Ryan: 1 (returned for a TD)

Seth Broekhuizen: 0/1 (missed from 30 yards)
Brendan Gibbons: 0/1 (missed from 48 yards)

Will Hagerup: 2 punts, 79 yards

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25Apr 2011
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Snapshots: How to Give Up 68-yard Touchdown Runs

With a couple exceptions, the spring game was largely devoid of big plays for the offense.  This was the longest play from the line of scrimmage.  It’s the second team offense vs. the second team defense, but it gives us a good look at what the defense will be trying to do in 2011.

ABOVE: Prior to the snap, the defense is in a standard 4-3 under look.  FS Marvin Robinson is shifted over to cover the slot receiver, while SS Josh Furman is about 12 yards directly off the ball.  CB Terrence Talbott is walked off the line of scrimmage with only TE Mike Kwiatkowski on his side.  Meanwhile, H-back Ricardo Miller has motioned across the offensive formation and is now offset between the strongside OG and OT.

ABOVE: Initial action suggests it’s a power run.  LG Rocko Khoury is pulling across the formation; Kwiatkowski and RT Erik Gunderson are double-teaming LDE Ken Wilkins, who has stood straight up.  Meanwhile, MLB Brandon Herron reads run and immediately steps up to fill the hole.  NT Will Heininger gets outmuscled and collapsed away from the play.

ABOVE: As RB Michael Cox gets the handoff, LT Kristian Mateus whiffs on DE Jibreel Black, who’s totally and completely screwed if this is a rollout pass.  HB Ricardo Miller impacts SAM Jake Ryan with LG Rocko Khoury coming to help, while DE Ken Wilkins gets driven off the ball.  MIKE Brandon Herron steps up into the developing hole and WILL Brandin Hawthorne (?) flows to the ball.  CB Terrence Talbott has started to come up and support while FS Marvin Robinson follows his receiver across the field.

ABOVE: SAM Jake Ryan completely stones both blockers and stands his ground, while MIKE Brandon Herron meets RB Michael Cox about a half yard beyond the line of scrimmage; this should be stopped for a gain of a yard or two.  DE Jibreel Black missed Cox in the backfield and has run himself out of the play.  CB Terrence Talbott has stepped up in run support, and FS Marvin Robinson appears to see the ballcarrier and can presumably fight through a block to help make the tackle.

ABOVE: Oops.  MIKE Brandon Herron tackles like a middle schooler.  WILL Brandin Hawthorne (?) lies prone on the ground from just being in the general vicinity of football player-sized football players.  Meanwhile, FS Marvin Robinson has completely overrun the play and lost his leverage on the ballcarrier.  And because of his careless positioning, he flummoxes SS Josh Furman, who has finally stepped up to support only to be thwarted by a teammate.  RB Michael Cox sees the cutback and engages afterburners.

ABOVE: WR Martavious Odoms (?) has good position on CB Greg Brown (?) and walls him off.  As RB Michael Cox hits the 45-yard line, he’s a half step in front of FS Marvin Robinson and a half step behind SS Josh Furman.  Speed has always been a question for Robinson, but Furman is a supposed burner who ran a supposed 4.37 in high school.

ABOVE: As RB Michael Cox crosses the goal line with a 68-yard touchdown run, FS Marvin Robinson has gone from half a yard behind Cox to about 9 yards.  SS Josh Furman has lost about 4 yards on Cox.  Of course, both were chasing Cox at an angle as he veered toward the left sideline, but neither ever seemed in danger of catching Cox once he turned on the jets.


  • Well, if nothing else, we know what Michigan’s defensive alignment looks like and how the “power play” works.
  • Ken Wilkins, who just got outmuscled by a duo of walk-ons, will probably not be ready to play this year.  There’s a reason that Jibreel Black was playing some 5-tech DT, and the above type of play might be it.
  • I like Michael Cox, but Giant Mistake #1 was Brandon Herron’s complete and utter failure to even slow down the running back.  If you’re a fifth year senior and can’t slow down a guy who runs smack into your chest, hope is all but lost.  I guess I ought to cut Herron some slack because he did get bumped by Khoury, but still.
  • Angles and positioning are of utmost importance.  It’s one thing if Wilkins lines up in the right spot and gets double-teamed out of the hole.  But Giant Mistake #2 on this play was Marvin Robinson thinking he was in a race with Je’ron Stokes to get to the sideline.  By the time Stokes said, “Aw, I was just foolin’, man, I ain’t gonna race you,” Robinson was the Tie Bomber to Cox’s Millennium Falcon.  Robinson must maintain leverage on the runner, because he doesn’t have the speed to get caught flat-footed and then make up for it.  There aren’t many Big Ten running backs who will be chased down by Robinson if he doesn’t take good angles.
  • Good linebacker play makes this a 1- or 2-yard gain.  Good safety play makes this an 8-yard gain.  Bad linebacker play combined with bad safety play makes this a 68-yard touchdown run.
Fast forward to :56 to see the above play:

13Apr 2011
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Five Questions for the Spring Game

Michigan fans should keep a close eye on sophomore safety
Carvin Johnson (#13) this Saturday

Everybody else is doing it, so I might as well join.  These are the five things I’m most interested to see on Saturday.

1. Who will play free safety?  And will they be any good at it?
I am on the record as thinking Ray Vinopal should be the starting free safety in 2011.  Of course, Vinopal transferred to Pitt a few weeks ago, and now there will be another brand new starter at FS this year.  Nobody appears to want the starting job; the punishment for earning the job is a broken ankle (Troy Woolfolk), transferring to a Big East school (Vinopal, Ryan Mundy), or public embarrassment and a forced position change to linebacker (Cam Gordon, Steve Brown).

Sophomore Carvin Johnson will be the likely starter at FS on Saturday.  He hasn’t quite earned the hype that Gordon earned in spring last year, but that didn’t turn out so well for Michigan, so maybe practice observers are showing some restraint when evaluating the safety position this year.  I have some questions about Johnson’s long-term viability at the FS position – he’s more of a strong safety, in my opinion – because of his speed.  But Brandent Englemon wasn’t particularly fast, either, and I would be ecstatic if Johnson played as well as Englemon did in 2007.

2. Which of the running backs emerges from the pile?
I’m also on the Michael Cox bandwagon, which you probably know if you’ve ever visited the site before.  Last year Cox was the most impressive runner in the spring game (unofficially, he had 6 carries, 38 yards, and a 22-yard TD run).  For some reason unbeknownst to me, the number of carries he got in the spring game matched his entire 2010 regular season total, too (6 carries, 56 yards).  In competitive situations, that gives Cox approximately 25 carries, 207 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 3 rushes of 20+ yards (I don’t have stats for the 2009 spring game).

But I’ve been touting Cox as the team’s best runner since late 2009, so my opinion clearly doesn’t carry much weight with the coaching staff.  Other options include Stephen Hopkins, who has reportedly shared first team duties this spring with Cox; Michael Shaw, who’s really fast and not much else; and Vincent Smith, who’s average at everything except height.  I don’t really know which one will come out of the spring looking the best, and the coaches have essentially stated that nobody has separated himself from the pack.  For now I’m expecting to see Cox have the most impressive day, but I’m trying to have an open mind.

3. Who’s going to play WILL?
Maybe I’m the only one, but I’m pretty nervous about the weakside linebacker position going into the 2011 season.  For all the criticism of Jonas Mouton the past couple seasons, I think he would have been perfect as an inside linebacker in this defense.  Unfortunately, he’s graduating just as a suitable defense and coaching staff gets installed.  Meanwhile, his potential replacements include converted safeties, a transfer, and a guy poking his head out of the doghouse.

The starting WILL seems to be redshirt sophomore Mike Jones, a 208-pounder who looks like a safety walked up to the line of scrimmage.  But no, really, he’s a linebacker.  In case you’re wondering, that’s approximately seven pounds lighter than Steve Brown was back in 2009 when he was an undersized outside linebacker.  Brandin Hawthorne, another converted safety, has seen some time at WILL but is even smaller at 203 lbs.  Marell Evans transferred back to Michigan from Hampton and has one year of eligibility left.  And finally, redshirt sophomore Isaiah Bell has seen a bit of playing time on the weakside, but he doesn’t seem to be like a viable option.

Evans might be your starting WILL in September, but with incumbent MIKE starter Kenny Demens out this spring with a shoulder injury, the Hampton transfer has reportedly been the #1 middle ‘backer.  I’ll be curious to see how Jones and the others stand up to linemen and fullbacks, but hopefully they can channel some Ian Gold and Larry Foote action.

4. Will we see any positive signs from William Campbell?
In all honesty, Campbell ought to have been a redshirt freshman in 2010.  If that were the case, it wouldn’t be quite so concerning that he hadn’t done much on the field yet.  But now he’s going to be a junior, and he had better start producing soon if it’s going to happen.  I really can’t think of a better staff in college football to get the most out of Campbell, so if it’s going to happen for the big guy, this is his chance.  I’m not that familiar with defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, but head coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison both have outstanding track records with defensive linemen.

I mean no offense to Ricky Barnum – or whoever’s lined up opposite of Campbell – but if there’s anyone I hope to see get destroyed on Saturday, it’s him.  If Campbell can turn into a playmaker at the 3-tech DT position, that takes some of the pressure off Michigan’s rush ends and undersized weakside linebackers.  I have a hard time seeing someone with Campbell’s outsized body and personality fade into obscurity, so let’s hope his play matches his gusto.

5. Will Denard tie his shoelaces?  How close will the quarterback competition be?
I have no doubts that Denard Robinson will be the starting quarterback on Saturday.  You don’t bench a Heisman candidate that quickly, no matter how good the backup plays.  I didn’t believe the Devin Gardner hype in spring 2010 because true freshmen simply aren’t very good, but now . . . I might put some stock in it. Gardner has always seemed to be a better fit in a pro-style offense than the spread, so I think this offense suits him more than Robinson.  Denard’s decision-making and accuracy scare me a little bit, although I admit his improvement from 2009 to 2010 was pretty incredible.  There’s a possibility that he will make a similar leap in 2011, but last year’s spring practice reports about Denard were glowing.  This year’s . . . not so much.

Gardner has the stature, the arm, and the poise to be a franchise quarterback.  In the long run, I fully expect him to be a better signal caller than Robinson.  Whether that happens in 2011, 2012, or beyond, I think #7 will carry on the tradition of great Michigan quarterbacks.  The problem with the QB situation is that even if Gardner proves to be the best quarterback on Saturday (and in August practices), Michigan doesn’t have the depth at the position to move Robinson to running back or wide receiver.  Perhaps the two best athletes on the team are Michigan’s only two quarterbacks.  I can think of worse problems.