2021 Orange Bowl Preview: Pass Defense vs. Georgia Pass Offense

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28Dec 2021
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2021 Orange Bowl Preview: Pass Defense vs. Georgia Pass Offense

Stetson Bennett (image via AJC)

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Michigan is #22 in pass defense (194.7 yards allowed/game) and #11 in passer rating defense. They have allowed just 6.0 yards per attempt, which ties them for #6 nationally. Only four teams have topped even 200 yards passing against them.

The primary reason for Michigan’s good pass defense is the edge rushers. Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson set a school record with 14 sacks, and outside linebacker David Ojabo wasn’t far behind with 11. They often line up wide and come tearing off the edge with reckless abandon, but they’re athletic and disruptive enough to make quarterbacks do things they don’t want to do, such as step up in the pocket and make quick decisions.

On the back end, cornerback Vincent Gray has had a bounce-back season after an abysmal 2020, and counterpart Christian Turner has turned into Michigan’s best cover guy with 2 interceptions and 7 pass breakups. Safety/nickel corner Daxton Hill (2 INT, 8 PBUs) has been taken advantage of by some slot fades against quick slot guys, but overall, he has also been very good.

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21Dec 2021
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2021 Michigan vs. Georgia Preview: Roster Notes

Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (image via UGA Wire)

As two nationally prominent schools, Michigan and Georgia unsurprisingly have quite a few battles on the recruiting front. Perhaps there aren’t many true head-to-head battles, but plenty of players get offered by both schools. Michigan tries to dip into Georgia way more than Georgia tries to dip into the state of Michigan, so Michigan loses plenty of those battles, too.

Here is a list of Georgia players that Michigan pursued out of high school:

  • OLB Robert Beal, Jr.
  • WR Dominick Blaylock
  • TE Brock Bowers
  • RB Lovasea Carroll
  • S Lewis Cine
  • QB J.T. Daniels
  • DT Jordan Davis
  • TE Arik Gilbert
  • TE Ryland Goede
  • DT Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins
  • WR Kearis Jackson
  • WR Jaylen Johnson
  • CB Kamari Lassiter
  • OL Warren McClendon
  • RB Kenny McIntosh
  • RB Kendall Milton
  • OL Micah Morris
  • WR George Pickens
  • CB William Poole
  • OL Tate Ratledge
  • CB Kelee Ringo
  • WR Justin Robinson
  • WR Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint
  • OL Jamaree Salyer
  • OL Justin Shaffer
  • CB Christopher Smith
  • LB Nolan Smith
  • S Ameer Speed
  • OL Xavier Truss
  • QB Brock Vandagriff
  • LB Quay Walker
  • TE Darnell Washington

The Bulldogs have zero players on their roster from the state of Michigan, but freshman safety Matthew Helow is the younger brother of Michigan linebackers coach George Helow.

On the flip side, Michigan has several players from the state of Georgia, including . . .

  • Michael Barrett – LB – Valdosta (GA) Lowndes
  • Chris Hinton, Jr. – DT – Johns Creek (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian
  • Trente Jones – OT – Loganville (GA) Grayson
  • Alexander Lidback – LB – Alpharetta (GA) Alpharetta
  • Jalen Perry – CB – Dacula (GA) Dacula
  • D.J. Turner II – CB – Suwanee (GA) and transferred to IMG Academy
  • William Wagner – LS – Alpharetta (GA) Alpharetta
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Brock Bowers (image via Napa Sports News)


Tyrese Baptiste – CB – Everett (MA) Everett: Baptiste is a 5’10”, 175-pounder with offers from UMass and Michigan. He’s a 3-star, the #83 athlete, and #1032 overall. He plays for the alma mater of Michigan receiver Mike Sainristil.

Brock Bowers – TE – Napa (CA) Napa: Bowers is a 6’3″, 225 lb. prospect with offers from Cal, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State, and Washington, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #3 tight end, and #101 overall. He claims a 4.55 forty, a 4.44 shuttle, and a 40.2″ vertical. As a junior in 2019, he caught 39 passes for 1,098 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has a pretty exciting highlight film that starts off with a receiving touchdown, a rushing touchdown, a kickoff return touchdown, and a knockdown block on the first four plays.

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24Dec 2019
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2021 Recruiting Update: Offense

Mar’keise Irving (image via Detroit News)

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Dekel Crowdus – WR – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: Crowdus, a Kentucky native, is a 5’10”, 165 lb. prospect with offers from Florida State, Kentucky, and Louisville, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #34 wide receiver, and #204 overall. He visited Michigan earlier this year before transferring to IMG.

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