Monday, October 18, 2021

Damani Dent, Wolverine

 

Damani Dent (image via 247 Sports)

Jacksonville (FL) Terry Parker safety Damani Dent committed to Michigan on Monday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Oregon and Pitt, among others.

Dent is listed at 6'0" and 190 lbs.

RATINGS
ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 3-star safety, 5.6 grade
247 Sports: 3-star, 86 grade, #52 safety

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

2022 Recruiting Update: October 17, 2021

 

Jimmy Rolder (#8, image via Twitter)

DECOMMITMENT

Clewarwater (FL) Gaither outside linebacker Mario Eugenio decommitted from Michigan. This seems to have been a mutual parting of ways, according to Sam Webb, but I like Eugenio and wish he were still a part of the class. He's a 4-star and the #268 player in the country.

ADDED TO THE BOARD: 2022

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy offensive tackle Aliou Bah decommitted from Florida State, which seems like a smart decision these days. Now he seems to be headed for Georgia. I would not expect Michigan to be a factor here.

Concord (CA) De La Salle cornerback Zeke Berry decommitted from Arizona. Berry was relatively recently offered by Michigan. He's a 3-star, the #38 cornerback, and #382 overall. 247 Sports has him ranked highest at #142 overall. The Wolverines are expected to be involved as he makes his final decision.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

2021 Michigan vs. Nebraska Awards

 

Daxton Hill (image via ClickOnDetroit)

Let's see more of this guy on offense . . . A.J. Henning. Henning, who is athletic enough to be Michigan's punt returner, had 0 offensive touches against Nebraska and has 0 catches for the past three weeks.

Let's see less of this guy on offense . . . backup offensive guards. Michigan played five offensive guards due to injuries. The offensive guard position has been a relative weakness for Michigan this year, but nobody is good when they get down to guard #5. I've seen worse problems at guard #3 or #4, so this isn't a glaring weakness, but it would be nice to have some consistency and for somebody to step up and take over both guard positions.

Let's see more of this guy on defense . . . nobody.

Let's see less of this guy on defense . . . nobody.

Play of the game . . . Brad Hawkins's forced and recovered fumble against Adrian Martinez. Late in a tied game, Nebraska had the ball and had a chance to drive down the field for a score. Star quarterback Adrian Martinez took off on a rush attempt, and while trying to fight for a first down, he was held up by a couple Michigan defenders. Despite his claims that he was "just standing there" and thought the play was over, he was fighting for extra yardage and driving his feet forward. The whistle wasn't blown, and Hawkins ripped the ball out. That turned into the game-winning field goal for the Wolverines.

MVP of the game . . . Aidan Hutchinson, Daxton Hill, and Hassan Haskins. Triple H. Hutchinson made 6 tackles and helped keep Martinez in check. Hill made 5 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, and 1 interception, playing solid in coverage and making that 1 ridiculously nice pick. Meanwhile, Haskins churned out yards with 21 carries for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a highlight-reel hurdle over a defender and tons of yards after contact. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Michigan 32, Nebraska 29

 

Hassan Haskins (image via Courier Express)

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. I predicted a 34-28 victory for Michigan (LINK), which was only 3 total points off. And if Michigan hadn't whiffed on their two-point conversion attempt, it would have been even closer. Essentially, the game went almost exactly how I thought it would. I thought Michigan would be ahead late and then force a turnover, stopping a final drive, much like what happened against Rutgers. Instead, Michigan and Nebraska were tied late, and Brad Hawkins forced a fumble, leading to the game-winning field goal. Nebraska is a tough place to play at night - which we learned back in 2012 when Denard Robinson hurt his elbow and Russell Bellomy entered disastrously. Escaping with a victory this time feels good.

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Preview: Michigan at Nebraska

 

Adrian Martinez

RUSH OFFENSE vs. NEBRASKA RUSH DEFENSE
Michigan is #7 in rushing offense (255 yards/game) and #12 in yards per carry (5.57) despite not running the ball very well the past couple weeks against Rutgers and Wisconsin. Last week Michigan managed just 112 rushing yards on 2.55 yards per attempt, and that was a game in which Michigan did not suffer any sacks. Nebraska is #44 in rushing defense and allowing 3.67 yards per carry, which is a middling #54 nationally. While they allowed FCS Fordham to average 4.61 yards per carry, the Cornhuskers buckled down and held Michigan State to just 71 yards and 2.37 yards a pop a couple weeks ago. Sophomore inside linebacker Luke Reimer (6'1", 225) is their leading tackler with 51, while sophomore outside linebacker Garrett Nelson (6'3", 245) leads with 8.0 tackles for loss.
Advantage: Michigan

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Tom Brady

 

Tom Brady

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady completed 22/43 passes for 269 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions in a 19-17 win over the New England Patriots. Those numbers aren't that exciting . . . except for the fact that in the win against his old team, he also became the all-time passing yardage leader in NFL history. He has now thrown for 80,560 yards, passing Drew Brees.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • LB Devin Bush, Jr. (Steelers): Bush made 6 tackles and 1 sack in a 27-17 loss to the Packers.
  • DE Mike Danna (Chiefs): Danna made 4 tackles and 2 sacks in a 42-30 win over the Eagles.
  • LB Rashan Gary (Packers): Gary made 6 tackles and 1 sack in a 27-17 win over the Steelers.
  • DT Chris Wormley (Steelers): Wormley made 4 tackles and 1 forced fumble in a 27-17 loss to the Packers.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

2021 Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 5

 

Leonard Taylor (#11, image via Dayton Daily News)

FORMER PLAYERS

LB Jordan Anthony (Troy): Anthony made 3 tackles in a 23-14 loss to South Carolina.

RB Zach Charbonnet (UCLA): Charbonnet had 21 carries for 89 yards and 2 catches for 5 yards in a 42-23 loss to Arizona State. This is the first game this season in which Charbonnet has not scored at least one touchdown.

WR Kekoa Crawford (Cal): Crawford made 3 catches for 67 yards in a 21-6 loss to Washington State.

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