S/LB Isaiah Bell: Bell is a 6’2″, 252 lb. linebacker at Lake Erie College, which opens its season this coming Saturday against Gannon. Last year he had 7 tackles as a backup linebacker and special teamer.
CB Cullen Christian: Christian, who transferred to Pitt after his 2010 freshman season, had 1 tackle as a backup free safety in the Panthers’ 41-13 loss to Florida State.
CB Dallas Crawford: Crawford, now a running back for the Miami Hurricanes, had 2 carries for 6 yards and 1 touchdown in a 34-6 victory over Florida Atlantic.
S Vladimir Emilien: Emilien had 2 tackles in Toledo’s 24-6 loss to Florida.
WR/TE Ricardo Miller: Miller graduated from Michigan and transferred to UMass, where he started Saturday’s game against Wisconsin after the player ahead of him got injured prior to the season. Miller has 2 catches for 22 yards in the 45-0 loss.
QB Kevin Newsome: Newsome, who de-committed in favor of Penn State during his recruitment, ended up as a wide receiver, then H-back, then running back at Temple. He chose to quit football after graduating this summer and is no longer on the Owls’ roster.
WR Dewayne Peace: Peace was declared academically ineligible at Houston for the 2013 season and entered the NFL’s supplemental draft, where he went undrafted (along with every other prospect who was available). Now he will presumably attempt to continue his professional football career in some fashion.
WR Je’Ron Stokes: Stokes, now at Norfolk State, had 2 catches for 24 yards in a 23-6 loss to Maine. In kind of a neat story, the second pass he caught was from his younger brother Malik.
S Ray Vinopal: Now Pitt’s starting free safety, Vinopal had 9 tackles in the loss to FSU.
CB Adrian Witty: Witty, who starts at free safety for Cincinnati, had 2 tackles and 1 interception returned 41 yards for a touchdown in a 42-7 win over Purdue. You can see that pick and return starting at about 2:59 in the video at the top.
Former Michigan RB Michael Cox: Cox had 15 carries for 44 yards in UMass’s first victory this season, a 22-14 win over Akron. UMass is 1-9 and Akron is 1-10, so this wasn’t exactly a huge upset.
Former Michigan CB commit Dallas Crawford: Crawford had 3 tackles in Miami’s 41-40 loss to Virginia.
Former Michigan S Carvin Johnson: Johnson had 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 fumble recovery in Hampton’s 35-27 loss to Delaware State.
Former Michigan QB commit Kevin Newsome: Newsome played as a backup quarterback, going 0/1 passing with 2 rushing attempts for 5 yards. Temple lost by a score of 34-10.
Former Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez: Without injured starting quarterback Matt Scott, Rodriguez relied on the running game to beat Colorado 56-31. Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey had 25 carries for 366 yards and 5 touchdowns. Carey now has 1,381 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season.
Former Michigan S Ray Vinopal: Vinopal had 1 tackle in Pitt’s 24-17 loss to UConn.
Former Michigan CB commit Adrian Witty: Witty had 2 tackles and 1/2 a tackle for loss in Cincinnati’s 34-10 victory over Temple.
Former Michigan running back Austin White has enrolled at Central Michigan University and joined the football program there. White was a part of the Class of 2010 and enrolled at Michigan in January 2010, but he clashed with the coaches and got into some trouble over the summer. White was one of the players who had to “earn his wings” in fall camp, and the two parties decided to go their separate ways prior to the season.
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|This must be how the remainder of Penn State’s two-deep feels.|
This is a big Saturday for me. Not only does Michigan get a chance to avenge two consecutive losses to Penn State and earn a bowl berth, but I live in some fairly heavy Penn State country and these people talk a lot of smack. I have some friendly bets with some of my players – the loser(s) have to run a mile after practice on Monday.
Rush Offense vs. Penn State Rush Defense
In comparison with a similar offense to Michigan’s, the Nittany Lions gave up 282 yards on only 54 carries against the Illinois Fighting Illini two weeks ago, and that defense has further been depleted by injury. Interestingly, Michigan has the #7 rushing offense in the country and averages . . . 282 yards a game. Despite that outburst, Penn State sits at a middling #52 against the run. As one might expect, Penn State’s bad opponents (Kent State, Youngstown State, Minnesota) have run the ball poorly, and the solid opponents (Alabama, Illinois) have gashed them. I have not been impressed with Michigan’s running backs this season, but with PSU’s injury issues on defense, I expect Denard Robinson and the Running Back du Jour to have a great day.
Pass Offense vs. Penn State Pass Defense
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has suffered a lull in his passing efficiency over the past couple weeks, turning in subpar passing games against both Michigan State and Iowa. Iowa has the somewhat unique quality of being able to stick to their game plan and do a pretty good job of stopping whatever offense the opponent runs. Whereas Michigan flops between several defenses, Iowa just played their base personnel and Cover 2 defense and they were able to stifle the previously explosive Michigan passing game. Prior to the season, I suspected that Tate Forcier would become more valuable when the Big Ten season arrived; true to form, Forcier stepped in once Robinson got hurt in the third quarter and rallied the Wolverines to 21 points. However, opponents are completing 63% of their passes against the Nittany Lions, and leading interceptor Nick Sukay will miss the game with an injury. And not that defensive linemen have much of an impact on Denard Robinson, but the injuries to Penn State’s defensive ends will make it difficult for Penn State to add to the total of only 4 sacks allowed by the Wolverines this season.
Rush Defense vs. Penn State Rush Offense
I don’t know what to think here. Running back Evan Royster has torched Michigan over the past couple seasons, rushing for something like 500 yards on 2 carries. On the one hand, Penn State’s offensive line is made up of wet Klee-nex, Stefen Wisniewski, and a balloon animal. On the other hand, replace “Stefen Wisniewski” with “Mike Martin’s sprained ankle” and that’s a pretty good description of Michigan’s defense, too. Considering that Michigan hasn’t been able to stop the run at all this year, I have to assume that Penn State will gash the Wolverines once again. It will be the #86 rush offense against the #54 rush defense, but keep in mind that teams feel like they can beat Michigan through the air whenever they want; just ask Indiana and Notre Dame whether the running game was important for running neck-and-neck with Michigan.
Advantage: Penn State
Pass Defense vs. Penn State Pass Offense
Penn State is the #71 pass offense and the #93 pass efficiency offense. So . . . they’re crappy. Recent reports indicate that freshman starter Robert Bolden will miss Saturday’s game with concussion symptoms. I got a chance to see former Michigan commit Kevin Newsome back in the spring of 2009 when he enrolled early at Penn State, and he looked like me playing quarterback, except only if I drank a fifth of whiskey first. That means that redshirt sophomore, former walk-on Matt McGloin will likely get the start on Saturday. McGloin’s career stats are 6 completions on 15 attempts, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. And now that we’re aware of the mediocrity that is Penn State’s pass offense, you should expect at least 350 yards passing and a few touchdowns. Okay, maybe not. I’m feeling gutsy, so . . .