Michigan vs. Oregon State Awards

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14Sep 2015
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Michigan vs. Oregon State Awards

Ian Bunting

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . 
Ian Bunting. Bunting made 2 catches for 33 yards in this game. He also did a nice job of breaking tackles on his way to a season-long 21-yard gain. Outside of starter Jake Butt, Bunting might have the most upside as a receiving tight end, and he has put on a good amount of weight since the spring, when he looked very thin. He now looks viable at the position, standing in at 6’7″, 243 lbs. At that size and with decent speed, he’s tough to cover.

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13Sep 2015
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Michigan 35, Oregon State 7

De’Veon Smith

Oregon State is bad.
 This was the first thing that stuck out to me after watching the full game. I hate to burst the bubble of anyone hoping that Michigan improved greatly from week one to week two, but I’m not sure that this game is evidence of a ton of Michigan improvement. Oregon State had two bad snaps on punts, dropped a kickoff, consistently allowed Michigan’s defensive line to get penetration, and couldn’t bring down De’Veon Smith, who other teams haven’t struggled that much with in his first two-plus seasons. The Beavers also didn’t have a dangerous passing game, even after top cornerback Jourdan Lewis left the game early with what looked like a possible concussion. I like Gary Andersen as a coach, but he has a young team with lots of holes right now.

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11Sep 2015
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Preview: Michigan vs. Oregon State

Oregon State cheerleaders

Rush Offense vs. Oregon State Rush Defense
After one week of the 2015 season, Michigan is #112 in rushing offense (76 yards) and #111 in yards per attempt (2.62). It was not a successful week of running the ball against Utah’s defense. Left guard Ben Braden struggled mightily with the Utes’ defensive tackles, and left tackle Mason Cole also had a lot of issues; the right side of the line was better, but Michigan’s longest run was 7 yards. Starter De’Veon Smith (2.76 yards/carry) got 17 carries while it appears Ty Isaac (3.0 yards/carry) is the second-stringer. The wild card is Drake Johnson, who played well at the end of 2014, tore his ACL, and should be returning sometime in the near future. Oregon State played Weber State and allowed just 58 yards on the ground on 18 carries (3.2 yards/carry), but Weber State is an FCS program; last year Oregon State finished #53 in rushing defense. The Beavers run a 3-4 defense that can be tough to handle if you have a dominant nose tackle and/or a weak center, but senior nose tackle Kyle Peko (6’1″, 305 lbs.) is a junior college transfer playing his second game at Oregon State and Michigan center Graham Glasgow is arguably Michigan’s best lineman. Redshirt junior inside linebacker Rommel Mageo is almost halfway to last year’s tackle total (23) with 11 stops in the first game. All of the Beavers’ All-Pac 12 performers graduated, so proven playmakers are hard to come by, but defensive end Lavonte Barnett is the closest thing (18 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks last season). I think Michigan has a chance to blow some holes open, but I won’t trust the line until they put together a complete game.
Advantage: Oregon State

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