Tuesday, December 1, 2020

How cursed is Michigan's roster in 2020?


Joe Milton (image via Wolverines Wire)

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This may be beating a dead horse if you read this blog regularly, but I wanted to put a spotlight on the wild situation at hand regarding Michigan's roster and starting lineup.

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Michigan vs. Penn State Awards


Hassan Haskins

Let's see more of this guy on offense . . . Hassan Haskins. Haskins averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 17 attempts (stat line: 17 rushes, 106 yards, 2 TD). The quarterbacks combined to average 4.0 yards per passing attempt. Of course, you're probably not going to be able to break off big runs if you're handing off the ball 60 times and throwing it 20 times, but Haskins was not used enough. He's the most consistent runner behind a mediocre (or bad) offensive line.

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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 12


Tim Baldwin (image via The Herald Bulletin)


WR Tarik Black (Texas): Black had 1 catch for 31 yards . . . and promptly fumbled in a 23-20 loss to Iowa State.

WR Kekoa Crawford (Cal): Crawford had 5 catches for 52 yards and 1 touchdown in a 24-23 loss to Stanford.

DT Michael Dwumfour (Rutgers): Dwumfour made 2 tackles in a 37-30 win over Purdue.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Penn State 27, Michigan 17


Hassan Haskins (image via Freep)

Michigan's lineup compared to where it should be:

  • QB: Joe Milton Dylan McCaffrey Cade McNamara Joe Milton
  • RB: Hassan Haskins
  • WR: Nico Collins Cornelius Johnson
  • WR: Ronnie Bell
  • WR: Giles Jackson A.J. Henning
  • TE: Nick Eubanks
  • LT: Ryan Hayes Karsen Barnhart
  • LG: Chuck Filiaga Trevor Keegan
  • C: Andrew Vastardis Zach Carpenter
  • RG: Andrew Stueber Zak Zinter Chuck Filiaga
  • RT: Jalen Mayfield Andrew Stueber
  • DE: Aidan Hutchinson Carlo Kemp
  • DT: Carlo Kemp Chris Hinton, Jr.
  • NT: Donovan Jeter
  • DE: Kwity Paye
  • Viper: Michael Barrett
  • MIKE: Cam McGrone Adam Shibley
  • WILL: Josh Ross
  • CB: Gemon Green
  • CB: Ambry Thomas Vincent Gray
  • S: Brad Hawkins Hunter Reynolds
  • S: Dax Hill

Going back six weeks to opening day, Michigan has 8 backups playing. And if you count the opt-outs, there are 12 positions affected. This is a MASH unit unlike anything I can remember at Michigan.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Preview: Michigan vs. Penn State


Jahan Dotson (image via The Morning Call)

Michigan trimmed its running back rotation a little last week, finding its most efficient running back: Hassan Haskins. Haskins notched 25 carries for 109 yards (in three overtimes), the most carries for any single back since Zach Charbonnet's 33 attempts against Army in 2019. Even so, Michigan is #102 in rushing (122.8 yards/game) and #69 in yards per attempt (4.21). Rumor has it that Michigan's starting offensive tackles may return from injury this week, which might fortify a running game that was supposed to be solid, though maybe not great. Blake Corum has the second most carries despite averaging 3.0, -1.5, 0.7, and 2.3 yards per carry over the past four weeks. Penn State is #39 in rush defense (138.6 yards allowed/game) and #34 in yards per carry allowed (3.63). Last week Iowa ran for 4 touchdowns, but at just 3.8 yards per rush. Sophomore defensive end Jayson Oweh (6'5", 252) leads the team with 33 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss, matched in tackles by junior linebacker Ellis Brooks (6'1", 233) and in tackles for loss by senior defensive end Shaka Toney (6'3", 252). The Nittany Lions are down star linebacker Micah Parsons, but they still have a fair amount of talent in the front seven. Also, keep an eye on #97 P.J. Mustipher, a 6'4", 300 lb. defensive tackle who doesn't rack up a lot of stats, but messes things up in the middle. Especially if it's the revamped Michigan line and not the group that began the year, he could cause some real problems up front.
Advantage: Penn State

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Snapshots: Pin and pull, but why no reads?

 As with many of these snapshot plays, I'm limited with my time - and these take a while - so I apologize for not going into more depth.

In the second quarter with the Wolverines down 7-0 to Rutgers, Michigan had a 2nd-and-1 play with Blake Corum in the backfield in 11 personnel (1 running back, 1 tight end).

Pre-snap, the setup looks like this:

Power read, a play Michigan would not could not run.

That's Corum to the right of the QB, and it sets up perfectly (at least in my mind) for power read. One unblocked playside defender is the field safety at 10 yards, and if the receivers block, Corum has to make a guy miss in the open field. The other unblocked playside defender is the end, because the call would put him in conflict, forcing him to either chase Corum or keep an eye on the 6'5", 243 lb. QB with the 4.62 forty.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Michigan 48, Rutgers 42 (3 OT)


Cade McNamara gets harassed by former Michigan DT Michael Dwumfour (image via Michigan Daily)

Winning feels good. I don't really care that it was Rutgers. I don't really care that it took three overtimes. I don't really care that I had to stay up until midnight to watch the finish. I went to bed feeling . . . maybe not happy, but relieved.

Remember, remember, the 23rd of September . . . On September 23, 2017, quarterback Wilton Speight's back got broken on a dirty hit by Purdue. In stepped backup John O'Korn, who completed 69.2% of his passes for 270 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception for an offense that had been disappointing up to that point. He was the savior! The following week he threw 3 interceptions against Michigan State and would finish with 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on the year. The Purdue game was Fool's Gold. So I have that in the back of my mind going into the next section.

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