2021 Michigan vs. Western Michigan Awards

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6Sep 2021
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2021 Michigan vs. Western Michigan Awards

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Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . A.J. Henning. Assuming Ronnie Bell is out for a while (hopefully not!), I think Henning is probably the guy who needs to see more touches. Michigan needs a guy who can run through tackles and make something happen after the catch. As much as I like Cornelius Johnson, Roman Wilson, and other guys, I’m not sure that any receiver besides Henning can offer that ability after the catch. Henning had a 74-yard touchdown on an end around and caught 1 pass for 11 yards from J.J. McCarthy.

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20Jul 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #52 R.J. Moten

R.J. Moten (image via 247 Sports)

Name: R.J. Moten
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 213 lbs.
High school: Delran (NJ) Delran
Position: Safety
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #6
Last year: I ranked Moten #88 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating: 68

Moten was a do-everything player in high school who was recruited, like many others, to play the ballyhooed Viper position. I thought he was pretty raw, especially on defense, in high school, so I expected him to redshirt last year. He essentially did, playing in one game on special teams.

But then the off-season came, and the Viper position disappeared. Of all the freshman and redshirt freshman safeties in the class, the most buzz was coming out about Moten. I have heard more talk about Moten than the guy who actually saw the field a bunch in 2020, Makari Paige. It’s always tough to gauge practice rumors, and I don’t really trust them a ton here, other than to think Moten could be in line to be the fourth safety, behind Daxton Hill, Brad Hawkins, and Paige. There are still other guys to wonder about – Jordan Morant, Sammy Faustin, German Green, Quinten Johnson, etc. – and frankly there are too many on the roster to expect them all to stay too much longer. But Moten has a shot to start earning some playing time this season and stake his claim for a starting position when Hawkins and perhaps Hill are gone in 2022.

Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer

25Jul 2020
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U.S. Army/Adidas All-American Bowl Participants: Michigan

Donovan Peoples-Jones

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a comprehensive list of Michigan’s commitments who were selected for the All-American Bowl (formerly the U.S. Army All-American Bowl). The next All-American Bowl will be in January of 2021 in San Antonio, TX.

2021
Junior Colson, LB – Brentwood, TN**
Tommy Doman, Jr., P – Orchard Lake, MI**
J.J. McCarthy, QB – La Grange Park, IL**

2020
Darion Green-Warren – Harbor City, CA
A.J. Henning – Frankfort, IL
Jordan Morant, S – Oradell, NJ
R.J. Moten, S – Delran, NJ
Kalel Mullings, LB – Milton, MA

2019
Daxton Hill, S – Tulsa, OK
Chris Hinton, DT – Norcross, GA
Cornelius Johnson, WR – Greenwich, CT

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9Jun 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #88 R.J. Moten

R.J. Moten (image via Philadelphia Inquirer)

Name: R.J. Moten
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
200 lbs.
High school:
Delran (NJ) Delran
Position:
Safety
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Moten was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 61 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions, plus 432 total yards and 8 touchdowns on offense.
TTB Rating:
68

Moten is a very interesting prospect and perhaps one of those boom-or-bust guys like Jeffrey Persi. He was a great all-around athlete at Delran, and he was named Athlete of the Decade by the school. He’s a high-level baseball prospect (like Joey Velazquez) and plans to play baseball at Michigan in addition to football (like Joey Velazquez). Whereas Velazquez is almost certain to be a linebacker, though, Moten has the potential to play safety.

Moten seems to me to be a virtual lock to redshirt. He played a lot of offense in high school and didn’t concentrate on defense, but Michigan recruited him strictly for defense. I also happen to think he’s more of a raw prospect on defense. For a defensive coordinator that says “Solve your problems with aggression,” I don’t see Moten display much aggression on defense. He is fairly physical on offense when running the ball, so if he can flip that switch when he’s concentrating on the other side of the ball, then he could be good. If he can’t, other guys are going to move ahead of him. For this year, though, he’s just not ready.

Prediction: Redshirt

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21Feb 2020
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How does the 2020 class match up with Michigan’s all-time recruits?

A.J. Henning (image via Wolverines Wire)

Michigan wrapped up a decent recruiting class earlier in February. There are no 5-star recruits, but the Wolverines got a fair share of 4-star guys. For a historical perspective on where they match up with recruits from the past, here’s a look at where they slot in all-time, according to the 247 Composite.

A.J. Henning – WR – Frankfort (IL) Lincoln-Way East
2020 ranking: #101
Historical ranking: #80 all-time at Michigan
Flanked by: RB Kareem Walker (#100 in 2016) and DT Will Johnson (#105 in 2004)
Closest positional comparisons: Toney Clemons (#96 in 2007) and Adrian Arrington (#115 in 2004)

Braiden McGregor – DE – Port Huron (MI) Northern
2020 ranking: #122
Historical ranking: #103
Tied with: WR Tarik Black (#122 in 2017)
Closest positional comparisons: Aidan Hutchinson (#112 in 2018) and Chris Wormley (#129 in 2012)

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