|Thomas Rawls (#38)|
Let's see less of this guy on offense . . . Russell Bellomy. The offense really seemed to be limited when he entered the game early. Here's hoping that Denard Robinson can heal from that hand injury and stay healthy for the rest of the season. I'd prefer not to see Bellomy until Michigan is blowing out the opponent.
Let's see more of this guy on defense . . . Marvin Robinson. Jordan Kovacs seems to be nursing a bit of an injury, and Robinson was flying around the field when he entered the game. Kovacs played well and Illinois never really tested the safeties, but Robinson seems quite capable of supporting the run. Hopefully Robinson is to the point where he can spell Kovacs a little bit, because someone needs to be groomed for the starting spot once Kovacs graduates.
Let's see less of this guy on defense . . . nobody. The defense allowed 134 yards and gave up zero points. The only thing that really bugged me on "defense" was Josh Furman's moronic personal foul when he ran into the punt returner way too early, but Furman rarely plays defense, anyway.
Play of the game . . . Denard Robinson's 49-yard touchdown run. It was a thing of beauty. He danced around the tackles of about four guys and then exploded down the left sideline. It was especially fun to watch Illinois defensive tackle Glenn Foster "fall" while chasing him because he knew that chasing Denard would be a waste of energy.
MVP of the game . . . Denard Robinson once again. He was 7/11 passing for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 11 times for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most importantly, he didn't turn over the ball. When he temporarily got hurt early in the game, the offense bogged down and the entire fan base got scared, including me. This team will really struggle if he's unavailable.