Nightly Roundup: November 9, 2019

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9Nov 2019
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Nightly Roundup: November 9, 2019

Joshua Uche

Offensive guard Ben Bredeson, safety Josh Metellus, and linebacker Joshua Uche have all committed to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. That indicates that Uche – who could potentially have one year of eligibility remaining – is gone after this season, which makes sense. I don’t think he has much more to prove in college.

What do we think about Michigan’s biggest rivals turning out to be cheaters yet again? Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie was supposedly using PEDs, and Ohio State’s best player is suspended for taking money he shouldn’t have taken. I never would have expected that kind of activity from those schools . . .

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3Nov 2019
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Michigan 38, Maryland 7

Hassan Haskins (image via Detroit Free Press)

Emotional letdown. Watching as a fan, I did not take as much pleasure in this 38-7 victory as I normally would. Maybe that’s what happens after a big game against Penn State and a beatdown of Notre Dame in a night game. People talked about it potentially being a trap game for Michigan’s players, but I guess it was for me as a fan, too. Michigan played well overall, but there wasn’t a lot of juice. Other than the opening kickoff return, there weren’t many big plays. It was a solid beating, but Michigan didn’t exactly run roughshod over the Terrapins. It wasn’t death by a thousand papercuts, but it was close.

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28Aug 2019
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2019 Season Predictions

Joshua Uche

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Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s time! Fighting in the maize and blue corner, it’s . . . the 2019 season predictions. You can check out my 2018 season predictions and how they fared here (LINK).

LEADING RUSHER
I am not confident in this pick whatsoever, but I’m sticking with what I predicted a couple weeks ago: Tru Wilson edges out Zach Charbonnet. Charbonnet is the most talented back to land at Michigan in years, if not decades, so I’m very willing to be wrong on this one. In fact, I want to be wrong. Please prove me wrong by rushing for 850 yards, Zach Charbonnet…
Prediction: Tru Wilson, 700 yards

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21Aug 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #10 Joshua Uche

Josh Uche (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Joshua Uche
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
250 lbs.
High school:
Miami (FL) Columbus
Position:
Linebacker
Class:
Redshirt junior
Jersey number:
#6
Last year:
I ranked Uche #40 and said he would be a backup linebacker and special teamer (LINK). He made 15 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks.
TTB Rating:
82

I doubt anyone other than Uche’s family was as excited to see him blow up in 2018 as I was. When Uche came out of high school, I was excited about his ability to bend around the corner and rush the passer. Edge rushers are hard to come by, and someone with that natural ability should be valued. Uche was a bit player last year, but he still managed to lead the team in sacks – he made more (7.0) than 1st round pick Rashan Gary (3.5) and new Patriots standout Chase Winovich (5.0).

Perhaps best of all was the fact that he didn’t beat up on the patsies on the schedule. All 7 of his sacks came against solid teams like Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State, and Northwestern. One sack against Northwestern was a huge play in a game that ended up tighter than it should have been.

It’s hard to say how much Uche will be utilized in 2019. He played less than a third of Michigan’s defensive snaps and was essentially a pass rush specialist, yet he still picked up 7 sacks in one season, which is the fifth best total in the last decade. Talk out of the spring and camp has been that Uche will be used in a variety of ways, but I don’t know that there’s too much mystery: Michigan is going to rush him off the edge as a defensive end, and they’ll blitz him from the second level. He should have a future as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL at some point, which doesn’t exactly mesh with how Michigan plays defense, but it’s nice to have at least one of those explosive edge rushers available.

Prediction: Backup SAM linebacker; 25 tackles, 6 sacks

15Apr 2019
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Nightly Roundup: April 15, 2019

Joshua Uche (image via MGoBlue)

My feelings aren’t hurt, because this doesn’t really mean anything, but I’m a little surprised Touch the Banner didn’t make the cut for this:

I have more followers than a few of these accounts, and the website is way more active than several of theirs, too. Oh well. I guess I have to step up my Twitter game. So…

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Josh Uche is looking for a big senior season (LINK).

Here’s a great piece on Devin Bush, Jr. from NFL.com (LINK).