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Not this time: Michigan 52 – Appalachian State 14

Sunday, August 31st, 2014


Funchess TD vs App State(MGoBlue.com)

Seven years ago one of the best collections of senior talent in recent Michigan history suffered the most embarrassing loss in program history. This time around, a Michigan squad entering the season with plenty of questions made sure it didn’t suffer the same fate. Football was back in the Big House and Michigan left no doubt, sending Appalachian State back to Boone, N.C. in a much different fashion than it did in 2007 with a 52-14 loss.

After forcing a three-and-out on App State’s first possession, Michigan didn’t take long to find the end zone. Devin Gardner pitched the ball out to Devin Funchess for 11 yards on the first play, and nine plays later, found Funchess in the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown. On the opening drive, Dennis Norfleet caught a 10-yard pass and Jehu Chesson caught a 19-yard pass.

Michigan’s defense forced another App State punt and the second drive began and ended just like the first. Gardner connected with Funchess for 18 yards, and after four De’Veon Smith runs, Gardner hit Funchess for a 34-yard catch and run touchdown to put Michigan ahead 14-0.

Michigan’s offense stalled a bit at the beginning of the second quarter. The Wolverines forced another punt, but couldn’t do much on their third possession of the game. Derrick Green busted a 19-yard run on the possession’s second play, but Gardner was sacked two plays later and Michigan punted. After another App State punt, Gardner hooked up with Amara Darboh for 26 yards to the App State 30. The drive stalled and Matt Wile missed a 48-yard field goal.

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Final Stats
Michigan App State
Score 52 14
Record 1-0 0-1
Total Yards 560 280
Net Rushing Yards 350 153
Net Passing Yards 210 127
First Downs 24 17
Turnovers 1 0
Penalties-Yards 4-44 8-69
Punts-Yards 1-46 8-287
Time of Possession 30:08 29:52
Third Down Conversions 5-of-8 5-of-17
Fourth Down Conversions 0-of-0 2-of-3
Sacks By-Yards 2-9 1-8
Field Goals 1-for-2 0-for-0
PATs 7-for-7 2-for-2
Red Zone Scores-Chances 6-of-6 2-of-2
Full Box Score

App State still couldn’t muster any offense, punting it right back to Michigan and the Wolverines’ offense finally clicked once again. Green ripped off a 59-yard run on the first play and Gardner found Funchess for nine yards on the second. A facemask penalty moved the ball to the ASU 8-yard line and Gardner lobbed up a jump ball for Funchess in the back of the end zone on the next play. Funchess leaped over two defenders, caught the ball, and got a foot down to give Michigan a 21-0 lead.

Michigan’s next possession was all on the ground as Smith rambled for 61 yards on the first play and a 12-yard touchdown on the next and it appeared that Michigan would take a 28-0 lead into the half. But the special teams had different plans. After forcing App State to punt once again, Mike McCray blocked the punt and Ben Gedeon picked it up and raced 32 yards for the score. Through one half of play, Michigan had out gained Appalachian State 334-74.

In the second half, Michigan picked up right where it left off, this time letting Green do the work. Green carried the ball on all six plays, yet again breaking a big one, this time for 62 yards, and finishing it off with a one-yard touchdown run.

Appalachian State finally got in on the action, putting together its first extended drive of the day. The Mountaineers went 75 yards in 11 plays, capped off by an eight-yard touchdown pass from Kameron Bryant to Simms McElfresh. The scoring drive was aided by a 34-yard pass from Bryant to Jaylan Barbour.

App State fooled Michigan with an onside kick recovery, but the kicker inadvertently touched the ball before it went 10 yards and Michigan took over at the ASU 44-yard line. Gardner led off the drive with a 17-yard pass to Norfleet, then rushed twice for three and eight yards. After a three-yard pass to Chesson, Smith punctuated the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run to put Michigan ahead 49-7.

Michigan forced another App State punt and Shane Morris came in to relieve Gardner. On the drive’s third play, Morris connected with Keith Heitzman for 26 yards, but on the following play, Morris was intercepted at the App State 4-yard line.

The Mountaineers took advantage, marching 96 yards in 19 plays. Marcus Cox carried it in from a yard out for App State’s second touchdown of the game. Matt Wile kicked an 18-yard field goal on Michigan’s next possession and the Wolverines won 52-14.

Gardner passed Tom Brady for seventh on Michigan’s career touchdown list, going 13-of-14 for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Funchess caught seven passes for 95 yards and three scores, becoming the first player in Michigan history to score three touchdowns in the season opener. Green led Michigan with with 170 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (11.3 yards per carry), while Smith rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries (14.4 yards per carry).

As a team, Michigan amassed 560 total yards and averaged 10.2 yards per play, while holding Appalachian State to just 280 total yards — mostly with the second-team defense in. Michigan converted 5-of-8 third downs and held App State to just 5-of-17. Taco Charlton and Chris Wormley each recorded a sack, while Desmond Morgan and James Ross led the team with six tackles apiece.

Michigan travels to South Bend next Saturday for the final meeting with Notre Dame. The Irish beat Rice 48-17 in Week 1.

Notes: 

Devin Funchess switched from No. 87 to No. 1 prior to the game, marking the first time the number has been worn since Braylon Edwards in 2004.

 The Michigan Stadium attendance of 106,811 was the 252nd consecutive game with more than 100,000 fans.

 Michigan is now 111-21-3 all-time in season openers and Brady Hoke is now 9-3 (4-0 at Michigan).

 The game captains for Michigan were Brennen Beyer, Frank Clark, Devin Gardner, Desmond Morgan, and Jake Ryan.

 Jabrill Peppers was injured in the first quarter, but played the rest of the half. He did not play the second half. Hoke said afterward that he could have gone if needed, but they wanted to keep him healthy for next week.

 Gardner’s 92.8 completion percentage was second in program history with a minimum of 10 completions, behind only Tate Forcier’s 100 percent (12-of-12) versus Bowling Green on Sept. 25, 2010.

• Gardner also passed Tom Brady for ninth in career passing yards (5,280).

 Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith both eclipsed 100 yards, the 38th time two backs have done so in the same game in program history. It was the first time since Carlos Brown and Brandon Minor did so against Minnesota on Oct. 27, 2007.

 Michigan’s streak of 15 consecutive games with a forced turnover ended.

Jeremy Gallon drafted by Patriots in seventh round

Sunday, May 11th, 2014


Gallon(Rick Osentoski, USA Today Sports)

For the third consecutive day Michigan had a player drafted. This time, it was receiver Jeremy Gallon, who was taken in the seventh round (244th overall) by the New England Patriots where he will join fellow Wolverine, quarterback Tom Brady.

The diminutive receiver who finished second in the Big Ten with 89 receptions for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 very likely would have been drafted much higher if not for his 5’8″ size. But heading to the Patriots, who have utilized small receivers such as Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, is the best case scenario.

“They’re known for having smaller guys,” Gallon said on a conference call with New England media on Saturday evening. “They’re a team-oriented football team. They seem to just keep producing smaller guys that work in smaller spaces against big people. I just felt like it would be a good fit here as far myself and how I play and what I can bring and what they have for me to bring to the table.

“I try to model my game after them because they’re great guys, they’re great players. Everybody looks at the size and what they can bring to the table as like a 6-2 guy or as far as 5-7 or 5-10 guy. To me, I just think that doesn’t matter. It’s what you can bring to the table as far as your heart and your ability to play the game.”

The Patriots have a crowded receiving corps that Gallon will have to work his way into. Edelman and Danny Amendola are the current starters after combining for 159 receptions for 1,689 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013, while Kenbrell Thompkins signed as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati last May and caught 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns. Aaron Dobson was drafted in the second round of last year’s draft and caught 37 passes for 519 yards and four scores. That’s a lot of production from four guys.

New England also drafted Texas Christian receiver Josh Boyce in the fourth round last year and signed Brandon LaFell, a fifth-year receiver out of LSU, last month.

Gallon could also factor into the return game. Edelman is the current punt returner and seventh-year receiver Matthew Slater is the kickoff return man. While Gallon never had a return touchdown at Michigan, he was always reliable. He compiled 32 kick returns for 658 yards and 47 punt returns for 333 yards during his career.

Gallon finished his career third in receiving yards (2,704) and receptions (173), second in single-season receptions (89), and set the single-season record with 1,373 yards. He also set the Big Ten record for receiving yards in a single game with 369.

Tom Brady’s super buddies

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014


Tom Brady Best Buddies

When the Broncos and Seahawks face off in Super Bowl XLVIII we won’t see any Michigan alums on the field. But over the past decade, we’ve had the opportunity to see Michigan’s most successful alum in the NFL take part in five Super Bowls. Tom Brady has three rings and two Super Bowl MVPs, but did you know he devotes time each offseason to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)?

For more than a decade, Brady has teamed up with Best Buddies International, a global non-profit organization that helps people with IDD. Best Buddies creates opportunities for one-one-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for its participants.

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Brady, Manningham carry Maize and Blue pride into Super Bowl

Sunday, February 5th, 2012



Tom Brady looks for his fourth Super Bowl ring, starting in his fifth Super Bowl in 10 years as an NFL starting quarterback. He would tie Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowl rings by a quarterback in NFL history and he would break Montana’s career playoff victory record.

Mario Manningham enters his first Super Bowl Sunday with a touchdown in all three playoff games to this point, including the game-winner in the NFC Championship game in San Francisco. Manningham has a chance to be the standout player, taking advantage of a weak Patriots secondary that will be focusing on Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

Zoltan Mesko (Patriots punter) and David Baas (Giants center) also make their first Super Bowl appearances.

The halftime show also features a Michigan connection. Madonna briefly attended Michigan before dropping out in 1977 to move to New York to pursue a singing/dancing career.

Around the League – Week 8

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011


Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

TOM BRADYPatriots QB

Mario Manningham caught his first touchdown of the season on Sunday (photo by Julio Cortez, AP)

Last game: Went 24-of-35 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Had a passer rating of 101.8 in the Patriots’ 25-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Season totals: 184-of-272 (67.6%) for 2,361 yards (4th in NFL), 18 TDs (4th), 8 INTs
This week: Patriots host the New York Giants on Sunday at 4:15 EST
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CHAD HENNEDolphins QB

Last game: DNP – Our for season (shoulder)
Season totals: 64-of-112 (57.1%) for 868 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs

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LAMARR WOODLEYSteelers OLB
Last game: Recorded 2 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss in the Steelers’ 25-17 win over the New England Patriots
Season totals: 36 tackles, 9 sacks (5th in NFL), 7.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 passes defended, 1 INT
This week: Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at 8:20 EST on Sunday Night Football on NBC
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MARIO MANNINGHAM - Giants WR
Last game:  Caught 6 passes for 63 yards and 1 touchdown with a long of 14 yards in the Giants’ 20-17 win over the Miami Dolphins
Season totals: 24 catches for 290 yards (48.3 ypg) and 1 touchdown
This week: at New England Patriots on Sunday at 4:15 EST
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BRAYLON EDWARDS49ers WR
Last game: Caught 4 passes for 42 yards with a long of 13 in the 49ers’ 20-10 win over the Cleveland Browns
Season totals: 8 catches for 90 yards (30 ypg)
This week: at Washington Redskins on Sunday at 1 EST
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CHARLES WOODSONPackers DB

Braylon Edwards returned form injury to catch 4 passes for 42 yards on Sunday (photo by Ezra Shaw, Getty Images)

Last game: Bye Week
Season totals: 26 tackles, 5 INT (1st in NFL), 7 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
This week: at San Diego Chargers 4:15 EST

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STEVE BREASTONChiefs WR
Last game: Caught three passes for 42 yards in the Chiefs’ 23-20 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.
Season totals: 22 catches for 335 yards (47.9 ypg), 2 TDs
This week: Chiefs host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at 1 EST

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JASON AVANT - Eagles WR

Last game: Caught 5 passes for 74 yards with a long of 24 in the Eagles’ 34-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football
Season totals: 31 catches for 412 yards (58.9 ypg)
This week: Eagles host the Chicago Bears at 8:30 EST on Monday Night Football
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TIM JAMISONTexans DE

Last game: Recorded one tackle in the Texans’ 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars
Season totals: 6 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
This week: Texans host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at 1 EST
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LEON HALL Bengals DB
Last game: Recorded 9 tackles in the Bengals’ 34-12 win over the Seattle Seahawks
Season totals: 28 tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery
This week: at Tennessee Titans on Sunday at 4:05 EST
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MORGAN TRENTBengals DB
Last game: Waived by the Bengals to make room for Cedric Benson
Season totals: 6 tackles
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DAVID HARRIS - Jets LB
Last game: Bye week
Season totals: 36 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss, 3 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 TD
This week: at the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1 EST
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ZOLTAN MESKOPatriots P
Last game: Booted 4 punts for 168 yards (42.0 avg) with a long of 53 and 1 inside the 20 in the Patriots 25-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Season totals: 22 punts for 993 yards (45.1 avg), 9 inside 20
This week: Patriots host the New York Giants on Sunday at 4:15 EST
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JAMES HALLRams DE
Last game: Recorded 2 tackles in the Rams’ 31-21 upset of the New Orleans Saints
Season totals: 23 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
This week: at Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 4:15 EST
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LARRY FOOTESteelers LB
Last game: Recorded 8 tackles in the Steelers’ 25-17 win over the New England Patriots
Season totals: 30 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
This week: Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at 8:20 EST on Sunday Night Football on NBC
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JAY FEELYCardinals K
Last game: Hit 2-of-2 Field Goals with a long of 45 yards and 3-of-3 extra points in the Cardinals’ 30-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens
Season totals: 6-for-9 FGs (Long 51), 17-for-17 XPs
This week: Cardinals host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at 4:15 EST

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ALAN BRANCHSeahawks DT
Last game: Recorded 1 tackle-for-loss in the Seahawks’ 34-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals
Season totals: 16 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
This week: at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at 1 EST
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ADRIAN ARRINGTONSaints WR
Last game: Did not play in the Saints’ 31-21 loss to the St. Louis Rams
Season totals: 1 catch for 14 yards (4.7 ypg)
This week: Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at 1 EST
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BRANDON GRAHAMEagles DE
On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return this week

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RYAN MUNDYSteelers S
Last game: Recorded 5 tackles in the Steelers’ 25-17 win over the New England Patriots
Season totals: 18 tackles
This week: Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens at 8:20 EST on Sunday Night Football on NBC

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PRESCOTT BURGESSRavens LB
Last game: Recorded 1 tackle in the Ravens’ 30-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals
Season totals: 3 tackles
This week: at Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:20 EST on Sunday Night Football on NBC

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STEVIE BROWNColts DB
Last game: Did not play in the Colts’ 27-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans
Season totals: 5 tackles
This week: Colts host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at 1 EST

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JEFF BACKUSLions OT
Starter
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STEVE HUTCHINSONVikings OG
Starter
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JONATHAN GOODWIN49ers OG
Starter
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DAVID BAASGiants C
Starter
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JAKE LONGDolphins OT
Starter
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JONAS MOUTONChargers LB
On injured reserve. Has not played yet this season
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STEPHEN SCHILLINGChargers OT
Activated from the practice squat, but has not played yet this season

Around the League – Week 5

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


[Ed: We missed last week's Around the League, so the season totals will include that week's stats, but the "Last game" stats will just be this past weekend's stats].

Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

Tom BradyPatriots QB

LaMarr Woodley celebrates a sack of Matt Hasselbeck. He also had a half sack and an interception in the Steelers' 38-17 win over the Titans (photo by Justin K. Aller, Getty Images)

Last game: Completed 24-of-33 passes for 321 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Season totals: 133-of-196 (67.9%) for 1,874 yards (1st in NFL), 14 TDs (1st), 6 INTs
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Chad HenneDolphins QB

Last game: DNP – Our for season (shoulder)

Season totals: 64-of-112 (57.1%) for 868 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs
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LaMarr WoodleySteelers OLB
Last game: 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 INT
Season totals: 19 tackles, 3 sacks, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 passes defended, 1 INT
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Mario Manningham - Giants WR
Last game: 5 catches for 56 yards
Season totals: 13 catches for 171 yards (42.8 ypg)
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Braylon Edwards49ers WR
Last game: DNP – out for season (knee)
Season totals: 4 catches for 48 yards (24 ypg)
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Charles WoodsonPackers DB
Last game: 4 tackles
Season totals: 18 tackles, 3 INT (T-1st), 4 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD
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Steve BreastonChiefs WR
Last game: 4 catches for 50 yards, 2 TDs
Season totals: 14 catches for 229 yards (45.8 ypg), 2 TDs
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Jason Avant - Eagles WR

Last game: 9 catches for 139 yards
Season totals: 23 catches for 310 yards (62 ypg)
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Tim JamisonTexans DE

Steve Breaston celebrates a touchdown. He caught his first two TDs of the season on Sunday (photo by John Sommers II, Getty Images)

Last game: DNP
Season totals: 3 tackles, 1 pass defended
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Leon Hall Bengals DB
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 14 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Morgan TrentBengals DB
Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: 6 tackles
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David Harris - Jets LB
Last game: 9 tackles, 1 sack
Season totals: 31 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss, 2 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 TD
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Zoltan MeskoPatriots P
Last game: 4 punts for 205 yards (51.3 avg), 1 inside 20
Season totals: 16 punts for 729 yards (45.6 avg), 7 inside 20
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James HallRams DE
Last game: Bye week
Season totals: 12 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Larry FooteSteelers LB
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 14 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
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Jay FeelyCardinals K
Last game: 1-for-1 FGs, 1-for-1 XPs
Season totals: 4-for-7 FGs (Long 51), 12-for-12 XPs

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Alan BranchSeahawks DT
Last game: 3 tackles, 1 sack
Season totals: 14 tackles, 1 sack
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Adrian ArringtonSaints WR
Last game: DNP
Season totals: 1 catch for 14 yards (4.7 ypg)
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Brandon GrahamEagles DE
On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return in Week 7
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Jeff BackusLions OT
Starter
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Steve HutchinsonVikings OG
Starter
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Jonathan Goodwin49ers OG
Starter
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David BaasGiants C
Starter
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Jake LongDolphins OT
Starter
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Jonas MoutonChargers LB
On injured reserve
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Stephen SchillingChargers OT
DNP (On practice squad)
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Donovan WarrenLions DB
DNP (On practice squad)
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Brandon MinorBroncos RB
DNP (On injured reserve)

Around the League – Week 3

Thursday, September 29th, 2011


Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

Tom BradyPatriots QB
Last game: Completed 30-of-45 passes for 387 yards, 4 TDs, 4 INTs
Season totals: 93-of-133 (69.9%) for 1,327 yards (1st in NFL), 11 TDs (1st), 5 INTs
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Chad HenneDolphins QB

Henne had a good game despite the Dolphins 17-16 loss to Cleveland (photo by Matt Sullivan, Getty Images)

Last game: Completed 19-of-29 passes for 255 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; Rushed 4 times for 26 yards

Season totals: 61-of-108 (56.5%) for 841 yards (14th), 4 TDs, 3 INTs
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LaMarr WoodleySteelers OLB
Last game: 5 tackles
Season totals: 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Mario Manningham - Giants WR
Last game: DNP (concussion)
Season totals: 7 catches for 105 yards (52.5 ypg)
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Braylon Edwards49ers WR
Last game: DNP (knee)
Season totals: 4 catches for 48 yards (24 ypg)
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Charles WoodsonPackers DB
Last game: 3 tackles
Season totals: 10 tackles, 2 INT (T-3rd), 3 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Steve BreastonChiefs WR
Last game: 3 catches for 55 yards
Season totals: 6 catches for 88 yards (29.3 ypg)
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Jason Avant - Eagles WR

Last game: 4 catches for 33 yards
Season totals: 8 catches for 102 yards (34 ypg)
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Tim JamisonTexans DE
Last game: 1 pass defended
Season totals: 1 assisted tackle, 1 pass defended
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Leon Hall Bengals DB
Last game: 4 tackles
Season totals: 6 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Morgan TrentBengals DB
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 1 tackle
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David Harris - Jets LB
Last game: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles-for-loss
Season totals: 15 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Zoltan MeskoPatriots P
Last game: 3 punts for 140 yards (46.7 avg), 2 inside 20
Season totals: 9 punts for 377 yards (41.9 avg), 4 inside 20
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James HallRams DE
Last game: 1 tackle
Season totals: 7 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Larry FooteSteelers LB
Last game: 3 tackles
Season totals: 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
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Jay FeelyCardinals K
Last game: 1-for-3 FGs, 1-for-1 XPs
Season totals: 1-for-4 FGs (Long 44), 8-for-8 XPs

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Alan BranchSeahawks DT
Last game: 4 tackles
Season totals: 9 tackles
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Adrian ArringtonSaints WR
Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: 1 catch for 14 yards (4.7 ypg)
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Brandon GrahamEagles DE
On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return in Week 7
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Jeff BackusLions OT
Starter
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Steve HutchinsonVikings OG
Starter
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Jonathan Goodwin49ers OG
Starter
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David BaasGiants C
Starter
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Jake LongDolphins OT
Starter
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Jonas MoutonChargers LB
On injured reserve
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Stephen SchillingChargers OT
DNP (On practice squad)
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Donovan WarrenLions DB
DNP (On practice squad)
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Brandon MinorBroncos RB
DNP (On injured reserve)

Around the League – Week 2

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011


Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

Woodson had a monster game against Carolina, picking off two passes and recovering a fumble (Photo by Streeter Lecka, Getty Images)

Tom BradyPatriots QB
Last game: Completed 31-of-40 passes for 423 yards, 3 TDs
Season totals: 63-of-88 for 940 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT
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Chad HenneDolphins QB
Last game: Completed 12-of-30 passes for 170 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; Rushed 3 times for 26 yards

Season totals: 42-of-79 (53.2%) for 586 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
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LaMarr WoodleySteelers OLB
Last game: 3 tackles, .5 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
Season totals: 6 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 tackles-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Mario Manningham - Giants WR
Last game: 3 catches for 56 yards
Season totals: 7 catches for 105 yards (52.5/game)
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Braylon Edwards49ers WR
Last game: 1 catch for 21 yards
Season totals: 4 catches for 48 yards (24/game)
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Charles WoodsonPackers DB
Last game: 5 tackles, 2 INT, 1 fumble recovery
Season totals: 7 tackles, 2 INT, 3 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Steve BreastonChiefs WR
Last game: 1 catch for 7 yards
Season totals: 3 catches for 33 yards (16.5/game)
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Jason Avant - Eagles WR

Tom Brady leads all NFL quarterbacks with 940 passing yards through two games (photo by Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

Last game: 1 catch for 29 yards
Season totals: 4 catches for 69 yards
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Tim JamisonTexans DE
Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: 1 assisted tackle
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Leon Hall Bengals DB
Last game: 1 fumble recovery
Season totals: 2 tackles, 2 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery
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Morgan TrentBengals DB
Last game: Did not record a stat
Season totals: Has not recorded a stat
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David Harris - Jets LB
Last game: 4 tackles, 1 pass defended
Season totals: 11 tackles, 1 pass defended
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Zoltan MeskoPatriots P
Last game: 2 punts for 85 yards (42.5 avg), 1 inside 20
Season totals: 6 punts for 237 yards (39.5 avg), 1 touchback, 2 inside 20
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James HallRams DE
Last game: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
Season totals: 6 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackle-for-loss, 1 pass defended
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Larry FooteSteelers LB
Last game: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
Season totals: 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss
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Jay FeelyCardinals K
Last game: 0-for-0 FGs, 3-for-3 XPs
Season totals: 0-for-1 FGs, 7-for-7 XPs

Larry Foote had a solid game in helping the Steelers shut out the Seahawks (Photo by Gene J. Puskar, AP)

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Alan BranchSeahawks DT
Last game: 4 tackles
Season totals: 5 tackles
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Adrian ArringtonSaints WR
Last game: 1 catch for 14 yards
Season totals: 1 catch for 14 yards (7/game)
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Brandon GrahamEagles DE
On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return in Week 7
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Jeff BackusLions OT
Starter
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Steve HutchinsonVikings OG
Starter
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Jonathan Goodwin49ers OG
Starter
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David BaasGiants C
Starter
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Jake LongDolphins OT
Starter
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Jonas MoutonChargers LB
On injured reserve
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Stephen SchillingChargers OT
DNP (On practice squad)
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Donovan WarrenLions DB
DNP (On practice squad)
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Brandon MinorBroncos RB
DNP (On injured reserve)

Around the League – Week 1

Friday, September 16th, 2011


Michigan has a great tradition of sending players to the National Football League. While the pace has fallen off over the past few years, there are still plenty of former Wolverines in the League. Each week during the season, we will provide an update on how former Michigan Men fared that week.

Tom BradyPatriots QB – Completed 32-of-48 passes for 517 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT

Tom Brady was the main Michigan alum standout in Week 1. His 517 yards passing is a Patriots record and he combined with fellow Michigan alum Chad Henne to set an NFL record for most combined passing yards in a game

Chad HenneDolphins QB – Completed 30-of-49 passes for 416 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; Rushed 7 times for 59 yards, 1 TD

LaMarr WoodleySteelers OLB – 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 PBU

Mario Manningham - Giants WR – 4 catches for 49 yards

Braylon Edwards49ers WR - 3 catches for 27 yards

Charles WoodsonPackers DB – 2 tackles, 1 PBU

Steve BreastonChiefs WR – 2 catches for 26 yards

Jason Avant - Eagles WR – 3 catches for 40 yards

Tim JamisonTexans DE – 1 assisted tackle

Leon Hall -Bengals DB – 2 tackles, 2 PBU

Morgan TrentBengals DB – Did not record a stat

David Harris - Jets LB – 7 tackles

Zoltan MeskoPatriots P - 4 punts for 152 yards (38.0 avg), 1 touchback, 1 inside 20

James HallRams DE – 2 tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss, 1 PBU

Larry FooteSteelers LB – 2 tackles

Jay FeelyCardinals K - 0-for-1 FGs, 4-for-4 XPs

Alan BranchSeahawks DT – 1 tackle

Brandon GrahamEagles DE – On PUP list with knee injury. Expected to return in Week 7

Jeff BackusLions OT - Started

Steve HutchinsonVikings OG – Started

Jonathan Goodwin – 49ers OG – Started

David BaasGiants C – Started

Jake LongDolphins OT – Started

Jonas MoutonChargers LB – DNP

Adrian ArringtonSaints WR – DNP

Stephen SchillingChargers OT – DNP (On practice squad)

Donovan WarrenLions DB – DNP (On practice squad)

Brandon MinorBroncos RB - DNP (On injured reserve)

Top UM Output in 24 Years Shows Growth of Rodriguez’s System

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010


3QBs

In what would have been situation of near panic for most teams, the genius of Rich Rodriguez’s system shone bright. After racking up nearly 200 yards of total offense and a 14-0 lead in the first eight minutes, Denard Robinson went down with a knee injury. Instead of going into a shell of the offense, backups Tate Forcier and Devin Gardner didn’t miss a beat, leading seven touchdown drives as Michigan pummeled Bowling Green 65-21.

Just like that it became apparent that Michigan is set at the quarterback position for the next few years and Rodriguez needed only to get his type of players into his system in order to succeed. 

It was a stark contrast to both the team on the other side of the field and Rodriguez’s first couple of years at Michigan.

Bowling Green’s starting quarterback Matt Schilz suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s win over Marshall leaving redshirt sophomore Aaron Pankratz to make the first start of his career. He proved ineffective even against a Michigan defense that entered the game on pace to become the worst in school history statistically.

Michigan sacked Pankratz three times and forced two turnovers, limiting the Bowling Green offense to 283 total yards, 71 of which came on one busted play in the second quarter.

Two years ago, it was Rodriguez who found himself in a quarterback quandary with two quarterbacks that had no experience, one a walk-on, and neither of which suited for his system.

While the offense struggled to put together drives and score points and Michigan fans bemoaned the program’s worst season in 40 years, Rodriguez supporters insisted that he needed to be given time to recruit his guys.

Last season, the offense showed a glimpse of what was possible with Forcier, then a true freshman, leading Michigan to a 4-0 start, including a thrilling come-from-behind win over Notre Dame. Robinson, who didn’t enroll in the spring like Forcier did, provided highlights with his legs but had virtually no grasp of the offense.

Now, as sophomores, and Robinson firmly entrenched as the starter, Michigan has again raced out to a 4-0 start, boasting one of the best, if not the best, offenses in the entire nation.

Robinson has rushed for over 100 yards in all four games, leading the nation in rushing, but has also proven he can be an efficient passer. He currently ranks 18th in passing efficiency, right in between Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick.

Offensive stats through four games
2010   2009
4-0 Record 4-0
41.2 Scoring Offense 37.5
1,325 Rushing Yards 961
331.2 Rushing YPG 240.3
926 Passing Yards 728
231.5 Passing YPG 182
562.8 Total Offense 422.3
13/54 (57%) Third-Down Conv. 25/58 (43%)
18/19 (95%) Red Zone Scoring 11/15 (73%)
2* Turnovers 5
1 Sacks Allowed 6
*2 other turnovers were fumbles on a INT returns,
so they don’t count towards offensive stats

He’s certainly the electricity that fuels the dynamic Michigan offense, but in moments like this past Saturday, having a proven starter as the backup allows the offense to keep firing on all cylinders despite a flat tire.

When Gardner, a true freshman, gets added to the mix, one can see how Michigan has perhaps the best corps of quarterbacks in the country. Many believe Gardner to have the most potential of the three, and he has been the first off the bench each time Robinson has been forced out of the game.

His knowledge of the offense is akin to that of Robinson’s last season, but his physical talent and size make Gardner an imposing threat. On Saturday, he showed his passing ability, connecting on 7-of-10 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Hidden in those stats is a beautiful deep ball that would have been a 47-yard touchdown pass had Junior Hemingway not developed a case of alligator arms.

Forcier, meanwhile, set a Michigan record for most passes without an incompeltion, connecting on all 12 of his passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.

All together, the trio went 23-for-26 for 255 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 15 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

While it’s easy to look at the opponent and say, “Well, it’s just Bowling Green,” consider that the last time Michigan put up offense like that against an FBS team was in 1986.

Michigan plays MAC schools nearly every season and the next closest results were a 59-20 beating of Eastern Michigan in 1998 and 55-0 in 2005. Those teams were led by quarterbacks you may have heard of: Tom Brady and Chad Henne.   

As electric as Robinson is, the offense was just as effective without him for 52 minutes on Saturday, while in Columbus, fellow Heisman candidate Terrelle Pryor played all but 16 minutes of his team’s 73-20 win over Eastern Michigan.

Imagine the kind of stats Robinson would have put up had he played another two-plus quarters against Bowling Green.

Despite the initial scare when Robinson got his knee checked out on the sideline, he was cleared to play and could have gone back in had he been needed. Instead, Rodriguez made the right choice to keep him healthy heading into Big Ten play and give Forcier and Gardner some valuable playing time.

Denard is the current front-runner for the Heisman, but he has selflessly embodied Bo Schembechler’s “the team” mindset. By putting the team first, Robinson earned his starting spot, and even though he wasn’t needed for most of the game last Saturday, he’ll be the fuel that keeps the engine running as Michigan travels to Indiana to open the conference schedule this Saturday.

Yes, we have little receivers. Get used to it

When are refs going to realize that just because our receivers are small and required to run block in Rodriguez’s system, it doesn’t mean they’re committing penalties all the time?

Maybe the refs aren’t used to seeing little guys blocking out in the open field, or maybe the defensive backs and linebackers have to get so low to approach them that it looks like it’s illegal, but when Martavious Odoms was called for a personal foul block below the waist in the second quarter, he literally hit the guy in the chest.

It was the second or third time this season a receiver has been called for the penalty when it wasn’t even close. That’s not even a penalty like holding that could be called on every play, or pass interference that is largely subjective. It’s not hard to tell if a guy hits another guy in the chest versus the legs.

Over/Under

If the game would have been three quarters long instead of four, I would have been close. But I’m glad it wasn’t, since it gave us a chance to see the debut of Fitzgerald Toussaint, in which he rumbled 61 yards to set up his own 5-yard touchdown run.

I ended up 17 over on offense and just two over on defense, leaving me 26 to 20 over on offense and defense, respectively for the season.

Redshirt freshman Fitzgerald Toussaint made ran for 61 yards on the first carry of his career (photo by John T. Greilick / the Detroit News)
Redshirt freshman Fitzgerald Toussaint ran for 61 yards on the first carry of his career (photo by John T. Greilick / the Detroit News)

 

I Said What?

“While Michigan’s offense has looked virtually unstoppable so far this season, it will be that much better with a proven back to take the pressure off of Robinson. Hopefully Shaw continues to emerge as that back, and I think he will.

Over/Under – 99 Rushing yards for Shaw. I’ll take the over. Marshall’s Andre Booker ran for 126 last week against Bowling Green.”

Shaw didn’t really need to do much on Saturday. He carried the ball 12 times for 59 yards and a touchdown, but that only accounted for 21 percent of Michigan’s carries. Counting the three quarterbacks, nine different Wolverines rushed the ball against BG.

Shaw didn’t get over 99 yards, so I was wrong (-1), but he certainly didn’t do anything to warrant losing his spot as the top back.

“Over/Under – 2.5 sacks. I’ll take the over again. Mike Martin, Ryan Van Bergen, Greg Banks, and Craig Roh have to be licking their chops right now and hope to use this game as a springboard for the rest of the season.”

I was dead on with this prediction as Michigan recorded three sacks. Jonas Mouton, Ryan Van Bergen and Greg Banks each got to Pankratz, besting the total number of sacks Michigan had in the first three games combined. (+1)

“Gardner seems to have passed Forcier on the depth chart, and Rodriguez would love to get him some live reps. On the other hand, Forcier has a year of starting experience under his belt and hasn’t sniffed the field yet this season. Rodriguez would probably like to get him out there as well.

My bet is that Gardner gets at least a few drives to show what he can do and Forcier becomes the Darco Milicic human victory cigar late in the fourth quarter.”

Well, Gardner was the first to relieve Robinson, but Forcier was anything but Darco Milicic and I’m rather embarrassed for even suggesting he would be.

Forcier is a very important piece of this team and I have a much greater respect for the kid after his performance on Saturday and the press conference afterward. He basically said he loves Michigan, he loves Rodriguez, and he’s all in. (-1)

“Over/Under – 49 rushing yards for Devin Gardner. Once more, I’ll go with the over. Of course, this all depends on the first-team offense playing well enough to yield playing time, but my guess is that Gardner will get three or four possessions. The game should be well in hand by then, so Gardner won’t be passing much. I could see him breaking one long run.”

Gardner did show his passing skills but only made it halfway to the rushing yards I predicted, so I was wrong. He has certainly shown his talent, but has missed some reads and seems to get tackled much easier than Robinson does. He’s just a true freshman though, so there’s a long way to go. (-1)

“Michigan puts it away early in the second quarter. The offense will be firing on all cylinders and the defense will force some turnovers. Bowling Green won’t have enough firepower to keep up and Michigan’s backups will finally get a chance to play.”

Well, that about sums it up. It was basically put away in the first eight minutes, but BG fought back before it was officially put away with Shaw’s touchdown run just before the half. (+1)

Denard me!

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