OBSERVATIONS ON THE 35-12 WIN OVER
1-It's tough to complain when you
win 35-12, but
Navarre looked good with 14 of 23 for 174
yards and 4 TDs (1 pick). Our running game has looked solid! Perry
had 17 carries for 118, Bracken had 12 carries for 50 yards. Our
offense had 446 yards in 80 plays for 5.6 yards per play. We were
7 of 16 in 3rd down conversions (1 of 2 in 4th down), and time
of possession was 5 minutes to our advantage. We had 22 first
downs to their 17. Brinton wasn't too impressive in his debut
with 4 of 8 for 52 yards, but I think it was more due to a resolute
Bronco defense. We could have easily won this game 49-0!
2-Our defense does leave a lot to
be desired in my opinion. We look good at times, but we have the
same problem as the first game in our linebackers. They are not
doing a good job in cover situations, and don't look very mobile
against the run or the pass. On the bright side, we have held
the Bronco offense to 76 yards in 26 carries in rushing, and 325
yards in 63 plays for a 5.2 average per play. They were 4 of14
in 3rd down efficiency. On the dark side, they earned two touchdowns.
We had two picks, but again we didn't convert points from turnovers.
We had 7 sacks led by Norm Heuer with 2 (and 2 tackles for losses),
but our leading tackler was June with only 5 tackles. We must
get better play from our linebackers if we'll compete for a Big
Ten title. If I were a coach, I would strongly attempt to play
Cato June at the WILL linebacker over Kaufman especially in passing
situations. This puts a 217 lbs. 4.4 person in rather than a 234
lbs. person with 4.6 speed. I would also move Hobson to MIKE inside
linebacker in passing situations (4.5 vs. 4.6 for Diggs); this
would leave Drake, J.Curry, Shaw and Shazor at the safeties and
M.Curry, Jackson, Combs, LeSueur and Williams at the corners.
Most of our corners and safeties are 4.3 or 4.4 speed guys.
3-We have been able to play a lot
more players on both sides. On offense: Avant, Underwood, Mingery,
Massaquoi, Bracken, Stenavich, Denay, Christpfel, Solomon, Gonzalez,
etc. and on defense: Massey, Kashama, Shazor and Reed. All players
are our posted depth chart played including other players (many
walk-ons) except inured players: Bellamy and Bowman. The only
true freshmen who played include: Jason Avant and Jacob Stewart
(Big Gabe didn't play). An interesting note: Kashama played ahead
of Woods at Rush-Defensive End behind Orr. Zia Combs has started
the first two games at cornerback as we have started each game
with 5 or 6 DBs.
4-Wow! The Bronco defense really
looked tough in the second half. Lape led the defense with 12
tackles, Reynolds and Smith had 8, Care and Tony Clark had 7 tackles
each (one pick for Clark); Babin also looked tough and put on
a good pass rush (2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss). Greg Jennings,
a former M recruit, had 3 catches for 50 yards and 5 kickoff/punt
returns for 91 yards. Jermaine Lewis had two nice TD catches over
Combs and Curry, and 7 catches for 61 yards. Afariogun is a great
tight end; he had 4 catches for 39 yards (I believe he is the
one who Curry injured his shoulder on last year). Philip Reed
had 94 yards on 15 carries for a 6.7 average. Munson and Drach
split time at QB probably due to rib aching from the 7 sacks,
and Munson did a nice job with 15 of 25 for 199 yards and 2 TDs.
They have a nice team, and should do pretty well in the MAC.
5-Individual performances for Michigan
showing promise again include Tyrece Butler, Ben Joppru and Braylon
Edwards. Butler had 4 catches for 44 yards, Joppru with 3 catches
for 23 yards and 1 TD, and Edwards with 4 catches for 93 yards
and 2 TDs. Julius Curry has had some nice punt returns (3 for
48 yards); LeSueur had the one nice 49 yard kickoff return. On
the dark side, Askew only caught one pass and Bellamy didn't play
due to an apparent shoulder injury.
6-Brabbs missed two field goals.
Finley punted o.k., but not great on 4 punts. Some of our returns
were decent, but we took a penalty on a punt block by Orr that
cost us field position near the end of the first half. Our special
teams are mediocre at best after watching the first two game;
we certainly don't look like a championship-caliber team in this
7-We only turned the ball over once,
and that was right at the end of the first half in the "hurry
up" offense, but we had opportunities to capitalize on Bronco
miscues and didn't. They fumbled 5 times, but we only recovered
once; we caused 8 miscues and created 3 turnovers to their one.
Edwards fumbled at the beginning of the game, and went out of
bounds. We must do a better job in scoring off of turnovers.