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Posted on: September 24, 2011 4:09 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 4:21 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Michigan 28, San Diego State 7

Posted by Adam Jacobi

MICHIGAN WON. Denard Robinson continued his assault on the record books, moving up to second in Big Ten history for rushing yards by a quarterback in today's win over visiting San Diego State. Robinson rushed for 199 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 victory for the Wolverines, and Michigan's defense was stout in its best performance of the year.

WHY MICHIGAN WON: For the fourth time this season, Michigan won a football game, and for the fourth time this season, it was all Denard Robinson with the effort. Robinson's passing stats weren't thrilling -- under .500 passing, under 100 yards, and two interceptions -- but his throws were generally on target, and the passing game still provides a balance that helps open up rushing opportunities for the lightning-fast quarterback.

Better yet, Michigan is starting to get some production from its tailbacks, as Fitz Touissant rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries, and Vincent Smith added nine rushes for 47 yards and a score (shown at right). The more Michigan can depend on its running backs, the fewer hits Robinson will need to take; clearly, that's a positive development.

WHEN MICHIGAN WON: This game was pretty much a no-doubter from the opening kick, but it wasn't until the middle of the fourth quarter, when Michigan held firm on a 4th and 1 then needed just four rushes to go 57 yards for its only score of the half, than the Wolverines effectively put the game out of reach. 

WHAT MICHIGAN WON: The Wolverines have never had trouble putting games together in September, so Michigan fans aren't likely to read a whole lot into Saturday's win. Still, it was nice to see Michigan live up to its ranking at this point in the season.

WHAT SAN DIEGO STATE LOST: The Aztecs are down from last season, and not just because Brady Hoke left for Michigan; they're just on the lower portion of the success cycle that most mid-majors usually find themselves on. There's probably some consternation about blowing the 4th and 1 in Michigan territory on a drive that could have made this a one-possession game, but mostly this game was more of a foundation for teaching than a missed opportunity for a win.

Posted on: August 29, 2011 4:27 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Michigan releases Week 1 depth chart

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Michigan Wolverines released their first depth chart of the regular season on Monday, and although there's nothing as startling as last year's benching of Tate Forcier in favor of Denard Robinson (in retrospect, a very very good move, but still quite jarring at the time), there are a few head-scratchers as Brady Hoke gets ready to lead his charges into their first game against Western Michigan.

First, the depth chart in full, helpfully formatted by mgoblog:

MICHIGAN OFFICIAL TWO DEEP 8/29/2011
OFFENSE
PosFirstSecondThird
QB D. Robinson D. Gardner  
RB M. Shaw OR 
F. Toussaint
V. Smith S. Hopkins
FB J. McColgan S. Watson  
WR 1 J. Hemingway K. Grady J. Jackson
WR 2 R. Roundtree J. Gallon M. Odoms
TE K. Koger B. Moore S. Watson
LT T. Lewan M. Schofield  
LG R. Barnum E. Mealer  
C D. Molk R. Khoury  
RG P. Omameh E. Mealer  
RT M. Huyge M. Schofield  
DEFENSE
PosFirstSecondThird
SDE

W. Heininger

N. Brink  
NT M. Martin W. Campbell  
DT R. Van Bergen Q. Washington  
WDE C. Roh J. Black F. Clark
MLB K. Demens J.B. Fitzgerald

M. Evans

WLB M. Jones B. Herron B. Hawthorne, 
D. Morgan
SLB C. Gordon J. Ryan B. Beyer
SS T. Gordon C. Johnson J. Furman
FS J. Kovacs M. Robinson  
CB1 T. Woolfolk B. Countess G. Brown
CB2

C. Avery OR 
JT Floyd

T. Anderson  
SPECIAL TEAMS
PosFirstSecondThird
P M. Wile OR 
S. Broekhuizen
   
K B. Gibbons OR 
M. Wile
   
PR J. Hemingway OR 
D. Dileo OR 
J. Gallon OR 
M. Odoms
   
KR J. Gallon K. Grady V. Smith

First of all, the notion of a four-way tie at punt returner is just a little funny, isn't it? One would assume that the punt returner of the week would just be whoever's out of the rotation at WR, so as to keep legs fresh where possible, but still -- four punt returners!

But speaking of that rotation at wide receiver, that is definitely Martavious Odoms at third string WR2, with nary an "OR" to keep him in the conversation as a top reserve option. That's a little surprising; Odoms has 22 starts to his name through his career in the maize and blue, and although he ceded that starting role to Junior Hemingway in the early stages of 2010 after a season-ending foot injury, Odoms is still a much more experienced option than either Jeremy Gallon or the prodigal Kelvin Grady. Odoms has also been seen with a cast on his left arm for a while, and ice on his right shoulder; perhaps this is just a matter of a lack of practice time getting Odoms back up to speed? We'll likely know the answer to that question in about three or four weeks, provided Odoms stays healthy; if he's not moving back up the depth chart by then, we'll know Hoke has moved on to other options at wideout.

Past that, it's very nice to see Troy Woolfork atop the CB depth chart after the horrific dislocated ankle he suffered last August, ending his 2010 season before it began. His talent and experience were both sorely missed by an already comically thin Michigan secondary last year, so here's to Woolfork putting together the healthy and productive senior season he was supposed to have last year, and here's to modern orthopedic medicine turning a guy around from a dislocated ankle to back starting at cornerback in just 12 months. That's phenomenal.

Oh, and it'd be nice to know who's actually starting at tailback, wouldn't it?
 
 
 
 
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