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16Nov 2021
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Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

Aidan Hutchinson (image via MLive)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Blake Corum. Corum missed most of the Indiana game and the entire Penn State game, leaving the Wolverines to rely heavily on Hassan Haskins. Corum has 130 carries for 778 yards (5.98 yards/carry) and 10 touchdowns. A report came out on Saturday that Corum would miss the next two games, but it’s unclear if that meant he would be out through the Maryland game or the Ohio State game. I’m not expecting Corum to come back this week, but it would be great if he could be back by OSU.

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20Aug 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #19 Erick All

Erick All

Name: Erick All
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
245 lbs.
High school:
Fairfield (OH) Fairfield
Position:
Tight end
Class:
Junior
Jersey number:
#83
Last year:
I ranked All #31 and said he would be a backup tight end (LINK). He started two games and caught 12 passes for 82 yards.
TTB Rating:
75

I want to apologize for my comment on All from last year’s countdown piece: “[All] reportedly has some of the best hands on the team, regardless of position.”

There’s no getting around the fact that All was pretty bad in 2020, perhaps the offense’s biggest disappointment. I believe he dropped 4 passes while catching just 12, which is a terrible ratio. To top it off, even when he caught the ball, he averaged just 6.83 yards per catch. That is the lowest average per catch for a wide receiver or tight end at Michigan since the 2017 version of Maurice Ways averaged 2.33 yards on 3 catches. Furthermore, no WR/TE has caught double-digit passes and averaged fewer yards since Brian Thompson in 2003 (13 catches, 82 yards).

This is not meant to castigate All as much as it is to point out the ineffectiveness of Michigan’s play-calling and quarterback play.

This is a very controversial coaching philosophy of mine, but I’ll stand by it:

Don’t call plays that don’t work.

That’s obviously tongue-in-cheek, but All would have been removed from my game plan after the Wisconsin game. He just wasn’t getting it done, and neither was Josh Gattis’s crappy play calling. But he caught 4 passes for 27 yards against Rutgers and then 1 for 8 yards against Penn State to finish out the season.

I do believe All has the potential to be better this season. His TTB Rating of 75 is still well within reach of being accurate, and I have him here at #19 in the countdown for reasons. He is fast and blocks well. His poor display of catching skills in 2020 could very well just have been a string of bad luck. Maybe new tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh – who coached 2016 Mackey Award winner Jake Butt – can help All out a little bit. The door isn’t shut on All being a quality player. But if his struggles continue, there are good prospects waiting in the wings in the form of Luke Schoonmaker, Matt Hibner, and Louis Hansen.

Prediction: Starting tight end; 25 catches, 250 yards, 3 touchdowns

9Nov 2020
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Michigan vs. Indiana Awards

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Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Jalen Mayfield. Naturally, because it’s 2020 and everything sucks, Michigan had one returning starter on the offensive line and that lone returning starter was the first lineman to get hurt. Mayfield missed the Indiana game, and so did left tackle Ryan Hayes. I said in the lead-up to the game that I thought Michigan would lose the game if Mayfield didn’t play. The Wolverines had 18 rushing attempts for 13 yards (0.7 yards/carry) and the Hoosiers had 3 sacks.

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7Nov 2020
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Indiana 38, Michigan 21

Ronnie Bell (image via MLive)

What’s Harbaugh’s worst loss at Michigan? Michigan State lost 49-7 to Iowa, so was that it last week? Or was it getting wiped off the field by a team you hadn’t lost to since 1987? The Hoosiers are a better program right now than the Spartans, so there’s less shame in a competitive sense. But still, even Rich Rodriguez (2-0) and Brady Hoke (2-0) managed not to lose to Indiana.

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