MICHIGAN FOOTBALL DEPTH CHART 2015
Observations on the Citrus Bowl win over Florida, 41-7
Don Brown to bring Intensity and Constant Blitzing as New Defensive Coordinator (How Boston College Built a Top 5 Defense)
Lewis Named 1st Team All-American Lewis, Butt Earn AP 2nd Team All-American
Jehu Chesson Voted MVP at 95th Michigan Football Bust (Harbaugh at Bust)
Chris Partridge to Coach Linebackers
D.J. Durkin announced as New Maryland Head Coach Durkin hires Scott Shafer as Defensive Coordinator Mike London for DL Coach
Butt and Chesson named to 1st Team All-Big Ten Offense
Lewis and Peppers named to 1st Team All-Big Ten Defense
Harbaugh Huddle Interview on October 21 October 26 November 10 November 17 November 24
|Offense: Bars, Braden, Bunting, Bushell-Beatty, Butt, Canteen, Chesson, B.Cole, M.Cole, Darboh, Dawson, G.Glasgow, Green, Harris, Henderson, Higdon, K.Hill, Houma, Isaac, Jocz, Johnson, Jones, Kalis, Kerridge, Kugler, Magnuson, Newsome, Perry, Pliska, Poggi, Rudock, Shallman, Smith, Speight, Strobel, Taylor-Douglas, J. Wangler, Ways, and Williams||39|
|Defense: Bolden, Carlton, Clark, Gant, Gedeon, R. Glasgow, Godin, Henry, D.Hill, Hurst, Jenkins-Stone, Lewis, Lyons, Marshall, Morgan, Ojemudia, Pallante, Richardson, Ross, Strobel, Stribling, Thomas, Watson, Wilson, and Wormley||25|
|Special Teams (not of Offense or Defense): Allen, Furbush, Kinnel, Liesman, Miller, O'Neill, Pearson, Sypniewski, and Winovich||9|
The Harbaugh Era began
Seniors (14): Offense (7): Brian Cleary, Graham Glasgow, Kyle Kalis, Joe Kerridge, Sione Houma, Jake Rudock, and A.J. Williams; Defense (7): Joe Bolden, Wayne Lyons, Royce Jenkins-Stone, James Ross, Mario Ojemudia, Jarrod Wilson and Terry Richardson. Michigan to honor 44 Fourth and Fifth Year Players on Senior Day.
Observations on the Michigan Spring Game 2015
The Team thanks Al Glick for donating the Indoor Facility
Michigan Football Scholarship Summary for 2015
Scholarships Michigan Football 2015
Michigan Football Record Book
Michigan Football: The Last Time It Happened
Michigan Single Game Bests
Angelique Chengelis "got game" in covering Michigan Football
Michigan Football Depth Chart for 2016
|Position||1st Team||2nd Team||2016 Recruits/2015 Redshirts/Transfers|
Harbaugh mentioned that Amara Darboh earned the most helmet stickers, and that Jake Butt and Graham Glasgow graded out the best on offense against Utah. Peppers on playing both offense and defense.
|Game-2015||Rushing||Passing||Total||First Downs||3rd/4th Down Conversions||Red Zone Chances||Red Zone Points||Total Points||Plays||Possession||Turnovers||Sacks Allowed||Punts||Blocked Punts|
|Utah||76||279||355||20||7 of 18||3||17||17||72||30:41:00||3||0||3||0|
|Oregon State||225||180||405||21||7 of 14||5||32||35||74||38:01:00||2||1||3||0|
|UNLV||254||123||377||17||6 of 15||2||14||28||64||30:02:00||1||0||5||0|
|BYU||254||194||448||22||9 of 19||4||21||31||76||38:38:00||0||2||4||0|
|Maryland||198||180||378||14||6 of 19||3||14||28||73||34:19:00||3||2||0||0|
|Northwestern||201||179||380||21||8 of 15||3||21||38||69||37:05:00||0||3||5||0|
|Michigan State||62||168||230||10||4 of 16||5||23||23||58||29:49:00||1||3||7||1|
|Minnesota||127||169||296||20||5 of 13||4||29||29||61||28:55:00||2||2||5||0|
|Rutgers||150||337||487||25||7 of 13||9||49||49||68||33:04:00||0||0||3||0|
|Indiana||141||440||581||28||7 of 13||5||20||48||74||32:33:00||1||1||3||0|
|Penn State||87||256||343||19||7 of 14||4||21||28||68||33:22:00||2||2||6||1|
|Ohio State||57||307||364||20||10 of 21||3||13||13||72||29:00:00||1||2||4||0|
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Michigan doubled its penalties from 2014 (42 for 381 yards) to 2015 (83 for 748 yards)
Tim Drevno on March 31 Tim Drevno on August 7 Tim Drevno on November 4
|Scorer/Offensive Producer||Total Yards||Rush Yards||Pass Yards||Return Yards||TD Points||Field Goal Points||Extra Points||Total Points||Turnovers|
We did not havemany negative plays like we did over the past several seasons, but even though our offensive line and tight ends did a decent job, and our backs did not block all that well. We got good pass protection overall which made Rudock's turnovers and bad throws even more of an issue to the offensive team. I gave Houma credit for the interception vs. Maryland rather than Rudock because he handed the defender the ball. Peppers after Rutgers Game on being "Really Good" Jabrill Peppers, The Journey
|Offensive Rank||Big Ten Rank||Category||Defensive Rank||Big Ten Rank|
|92nd||12th||Turnover Margin/Turnovers Gained||117th||14th|
|24th||5th||Tackles for Loss||42nd||4th|
|17th||3rd||3rd Down Conversions||4th||1st|
|9th||2nd||Time of Possession||n/a||n/a|
NCAA Football Statistics
Big Ten Football Statistics
Michigan Football Team Statistics
2015 MICHIGAN Football Player
ACT Composite /SAT Total
High School GPA
Three Outstanding Michigan Quarterbacks: Rick Leach, Don Moorhead and Jim Harbaugh
Comments: Jake Rudock was 249 of 389 for 3017 yards, 20 TDs, 9 interceptions (+11), 4 fumbles for 13 turnovers plus he ran for 4 TDs, 166 net yards on 58 carries after deducting 15 sacks for 88 yards. Rudock BTN Interview. His efficiency rating was 141.5 which ranked him 5th of 14 Big Ten quarterbacks, 5th in passing, 4th in passing efficiency, and 4th in total offense. Rudock takes over 1st Team. Wilton Speight was 9 for 25 with a TD, an interception, and a 2 point conversion. Harbaugh claimed Shane Morris was the backup, but after the Minnesota game announced he's 3rd string; the plan was to redshirt him. Alex Malzone and Zach Gentry also redshirted. Transfer of Jake Rudock is Official! Rudock Article Russell Bellomy transferred to Texas-San Antonio. Jedd Fisch on the Quarterbacks Brandon Peters has pledged for 2016, and will enroll in January. Shuster to Walk-on Rudock Interview Gentry Story Aggressive without being Reckless in Non-Stop Competition
|Scorer/Offensive Producer||Total Yards||Rush Yards||Pass Yards||Return Yards||TD Points||Field Goal Points||Extra Points||Total Points||Turnovers|
|Running Backs/QB||UFR Total|
Comments: Deveon Smith had 180 carries for 753 net yards, 6 TDs, a 2 point conversion, and 19 receptions for 159 yards and another TD. Drake Johnson had 271 yards in 54 carries for 4 TDs, and 6 receptions for 96 yards and 2 more TDs. Karan Higdon carried 11 times for 19 yards plus a 3 yard catch. Derrick Green had 47 carries for 157 net yards; he didn't dress in the final 3 games, and didn't make the trip to the Citrus Bowl due to "internal matters." Ty Isaac had 29 carries for 205 yards, a TD, and 2 receptions for 12 yards. Isaac was benched after two fumbles in the Maryland game, but returned against Northwestern for a couple of carries. Isaac didn't play at all the rest of the season; he was not on the depth chart for Rutgers, he didn't dress for Rutgers or Indiana due to "internal matters." Isaac did make the trip to Penn State, and dressed for Ohio State. Ross Taylor-Douglas had 10 carries for 18 yards. Wyatt Shallman had surgery, but returned in the Rutgers game 5.5 weeks later, and had 3 carries for 9 yards. Tyrone Wheatley on the Running Backs Drake Johnson Cleared to Begin Running Kingston Davis, Chris Evans, and Kareem Walker are enrolling January, 2016. Falcon offered Medical Harbaugh takes Darwinian Approach to Running Backs Competition. Antonio Whitfield just quit the team after the Utah game.
Comments: Captain Joe Kerridge had 14 carries for 62 yards, a TD, and 5 receptions for 33 yards; he left the Oregon State game with an arm injury and the UNLV with an ankle injury, but returned to start against Northwestern. He dressed, but didn't play against BYU or Maryland; he now has 3 starts. Senior Sione Houma had two starts; he had 43 carries for 184 yards and 5 TDs plus 8 receptions for 77 yards, and played some at tailback against Rutgers. Henry Poggi caught his first pass for 2 yards against BYU; he missed the Minnesota and Rutgers games with pnemonia. For Poggi, Position Change is a Family Affair Wyatt Shallman has surgery. Chase Winovich hasn't played since the Utah game due to injury, but did travel to Maryland; he dressed for Northwestern, MSU and Minnesota, and played the final three games on Special Teams. Winovich played in the Citrus Bowl on special teams. Bobby Henderson got his first action as a Wolverine in the UNLV game, and also played against BYU, Maryland, and Northwestern.
Spring Passing Game Report
Wide Receiver-X (Outside)
|Darboh, Amara||82||X Wide Receiver||1||Sr.||6'2"||215||Starter||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Ways, Maurice||85||X Wide Receiver||2||Fr.||6'3"||210||Backup||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Jones, DeMario||10||X Wide Receiver||3||Jr.||6'2"||195||Backup||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Cole, Brian||41||X Wide Receiver||4||Fr.||6'2"||207||Redshirt||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Wangler, Jack||16||X Wide Receiver||5||So.||6'1"||200||Walk-on||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Dukes, Jaron||83||X Wide Receiver||6||Fr.||6'4"||204||Backup||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Anlauf, Brad||89||X Wide Receiver||7||Fr.||6'4"||205||Walk-on||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
Comments: Amara Darboh had 727 yards in 58 receptions and 5 TDs, a 2 point conversion plus two carries for 2 yards; he had 9 starts. Darboh becomes U.S. Citizen Darboh on March 31 Darboh and others must figure out "How to be Great" Mo Ways got two starts; he had 3 receptions for 40 yards. Harbaugh praised him for his blocking against BYU. DeMario Jones got some playing time against MSU, Minnesota, Rutgers, Indiana, and Penn State; he did not dress for the Citrus Bowl. Jaron Dukes got in his first action of the season in the Citrus Bowl. Brian Cole had a catch for -1 yard; he didn't dress for the BYU, Maryland or Northwestern games; he did play on special teams against Indiana. Brad Hawkins and Dylan Crawford have committed for 2016.
Wide Receiver-Z (Inside & Outside)
|Chesson, Jehu||86||Z Wide Receiver||1||Jr.||6'3"||200||Starter||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Perry, Grant||9||Z Wide Receiver||2||Fr.||6'0"||184||Backup||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Harris, Drake||14||Z Wide Receiver||3||Fr.||6"4"||181||Injury||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Sloss, Kenneth||5||Z Wide Receiver||4||Jr.||5'11"||170||Walk-on||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
Comments: Jehu Chesson had 50 receptions for 764yards, 9 TDs, and 8 carries for 155 yards and 2 more TDs with 11 starts; he was voted as our most valuable player this season; he excelled on special teams with his kickoff return of 96 yards. BTN Chesson Interview Grant Perry had 14 receptions for 128 yards, and a TD. Drake Harris got his first start against Northwestern; he has 6 catches for 39 yards, and got a tackle on a punt return; he hurt his ankle and didn't travel to Minnesota, Indiana, Penn State or dress for Rutgers. Harris played in the Citrus Bowl. Freddy Canteen got to play against Oregon State, UNLV, BYU, and Maryland; he finally got a catch, but it went for zero yards. Canteen been injured, but did dress for MSU and Minnesota; he has now moved over exclusively to cornerback to finish the season. Chesson Hard to Beat. Jack Wangler got in towards the end of the Rutgers game. Ahmir Mitchell committed for 2016; Mitchell enrolled January, 2016. Bo Dever is now a student assistant after taking a medical. Justice Hayes transferred to Southern Mississippi, and Dennis Norfleet to Tuskegee. I've removed the Slot Wide Receiver from the Depth Chart as a position since we almost never employ it.
Wide Receivers and Passing Game Coach, Jedd Fisch, is up in the Press Box communicating with Offensive Coordinator Tim Drevno and Head Coach Jim Harbaugh on what he sees and what play calls to consider. Fisch on O'Korn
Wide Receiver Rotation
|Wide Receivers||UFR Total|
Well, what improvement we saw at Indiana; we averaged 20 receptions for 236 yards, and 1.5 TDs per game for 13 games, and we finally connected on some deep routes.
Jay Harbaugh on October 28
Tight End Report
|Wheatley, Tyrone TJ||8||TE||5||Fr.||6'6"||291||Redshirt||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
Comments: Jake Butt caught 51 passes for 654 yards for 3 TDs; he had 11 starts. Khalid Hill had 4 catches for 71 yards; he caught a 2 point conversion against Maryland, and has two starts including the Penn State game. Ian Bunting had 5 receptions for 72 yards; he saw action against Ohio State with no receptions. A.J. Williams had 12 catches for 129 yards, and had a great year blocking with 2 starts. Henry Poggi had 4 starts, and played much of the game as 2nd Tight End for blocking; he was listed as the backup H-Back. Defensive Lineman Tom Strobel came into the Oregon State game as a Tight End for blocking. Chase Winovich played against Utah, Rutgers, and Penn State. Michael Jocz saw action against BYU and Rutgers. T.J. Wheatley is up to 291 lbs.; he would have already played as a True Frosh, but suffered a knee sprain in Fall camp. Grant Newsome started the Minnesota game at Tight End, and Mason Cole also saw action there with Henry Poggi missing with pnemonia. Wheatley could miss the season and redshirt, but he did dress for the Northwestern and MSU games. Zach Gentry got reps at Tight End. Sean McKeon has pledged for 2016, and enrolled in January, 2016. We also added Devin Asiasi and Nick Eubanks. Keith Heitzman transferred to Ohio University.
Summary of Brian Cook's Upon Further Review Offensively
|OL/TE Totals (11)||29||34.5||69.5||20||51||11||56||34.5||43.5||21||63||19||30.5||30.5||43.5||22.5||49||30||32.5||32||40.5||8||20||31.5||71||33||599||327.5||271.5|
|RB/QB Totals (9)||6.5||7.5||24||11||7||13||24.5||11.5||14.5||14||20||6.5||9.5||11||7.5||8||16.5||1.5||10.5||12||12.5||7||14||3||35.5||7||202.5||113||89.5|
|WR Totals (7)||5||1||5||5||4||1||3.5||3||7.5||6||5.5||5.5||0||1||5||3||10||2||7||0.5||9.5||3.5||3.5||2||5.5||2.5||71||36||35|
Comments: Erik Magnuson started at Right Tackle in all 13 games; he did an adequate job. Blake Bars is his backup, and he saw action against UNLV, BYU, Maryland, Indiana, Penn State and Ohio State mostly on special teams. Juwann Bushell-Beatty got some reps at Right Tackle against Rutgers.
Comments: Kyle Kalis started all 13 games, but was not the powerhouse Right Guard we have hoped he would be. Juwann Bushell-Beatty got in for his first action as a Wolverine against UNLV, BYU and Rutgers, but Ben Pliska played against Maryland at Right Guard as BB went to Left Tackle. Tom Strobel got some reps at Right Guard in the Rutgers game. David Dawson replaced him when he went out in the Penn State game. Michael Onwenu, Devery Hamilton, Stephen Spanellis, and Ben Bredeson have committed for 2016. Chris Fox is a student assistant after taking a medical scholarship. Dan Samuelson transferred to Eastern Michigan.
Comments: Graham Glasgow started all 13 games; he graded out the highest amongst offensive linemen. Glasgow Interview He lives with his 81 year old Grandma. Patrick Kugler is the backup, and played against UNLV, BYU, Maryland, and Rutgers. Walk-on Ben Pliska also played against UNLV, BYU, and Maryland at Right Guard. Frosh Jon Runyan Jr. redshirted. Jack Miller quit the team in his 5th year. Cole on his switch to Center.
Comments: Ben Braden started all 13 games; he graded out third best behind Glasgow and Cole. Braden talks about Freshman Lineman. Harbaugh called Braden an "ascending" player after the Northwestern game. He has shown flashes of solid play, but overall is not getting the job done as the MSU game showed. David Dawson came in briefly when Braden left with an injury against Oregon State, and he got in against UNLV, BYU, Maryland, and Rutgers. Kyle Bosch transferred to West Virginia where he is a starter.
Comments: Mason Cole started all 13 games; he gave up some sacks, hurries and quarterback hits, but graded out as our second best lineman behind Glasgow. Shilique Calhoun manhandled Cole in their matchup, and Joey Bosa separated Jake Rudock's shoulder in the Ohio State game after beating Cole. Mason Cole Profile Grant Newsome played against Minnesota and Rutgers so he will NOT redshirt; he started the game at Tight End, and Cole also played Tight End in the game. Juwann Bushell-Beatty got some reps here against Maryland. Nolan Ulizio redshirted.
Tim Drevno on Spring Practice
Offensive Line Rotation
|Offensive Line/TE/FB||UFR Total|
|Offensive Line UFR||Plus||Minus||Total|
According to Brian Cook's Upon Further Review, the offensive line was mediocre; we couldn't contain Utah, Michigan State, Indiana or Ohio State. Overall, we did a good job on pass protection, but failed against good teams for our running game. We need to find some NFL caliber linemen if we are to have the running game we need to compete in the Big Ten. Harbaugh said that Newsome is our 6th best offensive lineman.
D.J. Durkin on March 31
D.J. Durkin on the Defense
Mattison finds stability during transition season
|Game-2015||Rushing||Passing||Total||First Downs||3rd/4th Down||Red Zone Chances||Red Zone Points Allowed||Points||Plays||Time||Turnovers||Sacks||Punts||Blocked Punts|
|Utah||129||208||337||20||5 of 16||3||17||24||70||29:19:00||1||1||4||0|
|Oregon State||59||79||138||12||1 of 13||1||7||7||53||21:59:00||1||2||7||1|
|UNLV||92||143||235||15||6 of 16||2||7||7||62||29:58:00||2||2||8||0|
|BYU||50||55||105||8||4 of 15||0||0||0||50||21:22:00||0||3||11||0|
|Maryland||29||76||105||7||1 of 18||0||0||0||62||25:41:00||3||3||13||0|
|Northwestern||38||130||168||13||2 of 14||0||0||0||58||22:55:00||1||4||8||0|
|Michigan State||58||328||386||20||3 of 16||1||7||27||72||30:11:00||0||3||5||0|
|Minnesota||144||317||461||20||6 of 15||4||9||26||68||31:05:00||0||2||5||0|
|Rutgers||128||97||225||17||3 of 14||4||9||16||59||26:56:00||1||4||7||0|
|Indiana||307||220||527||32||9 of 22||6||23||41||89||27:27:00||0||1||2||0|
|Penn State||70||137||207||14||4 of 16||3||9||16||54||26:38:00||1||4||6||0|
|Ohio State||369||113||482||25||8 of 15||6||35||42||69||30:06:00||0||1||2||0|
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D.J. Durkin Coaches Clinic Notes
Comments: Maurice Hurst filled in with 4 starts replacing Glasgow; he was in on 35 tackles, 6.5 for loss including 3 sacks and 2 quarterback hits in 13 games. Hurst on Coaching/DLine. Ryan Glasgow had 25 tackles, 5 for loss including a sack in 9 games; he was outstanding against BYU, and our most consistent lineman overall. Glasgow left the Rutgers game, and is out for the season with a pectoral injury. Bryan Mone was out for the season with a broken leg; he will redshirt. Glasgow Defies Odds to earn Scholarship. Tom Strobel played against Indiana, and made 3 tackles; he also played in the Citrus Bowl. Brady Pallante has moved back after repping at fullback in the Spring; he made an appearance against UNLV, and got his first Wolverine tackle against Rutgers plus a tackle on a kickoff against Indiana. Pallante played in the Citrus Bowl. Ondre Pipkins transferred to Texas Tech. Bryan Mone Interview Michael Dwumfour has pledged for 2016.
Comments: Willie Henry had 10 starts at End and Tackle with 34 tackles, 10 for loss including 6 sacks plus 2 passes batted down in 13 games, but no tackles in the Citrus Bowl. If he thinks he's ready for the NFL, he is mistaken; he should come back for one last season. Matt Godin had 4 starts, and was in on 18 tackles including a half credit for a sack; he was robbed of a sack when Decker's knee didn't touch early in the UNLV game. Godin didn't play against Minnesota or Rutgers, he was "working through something." Godin played against Indiana and Penn State. Senior Drew Berube showed up on the roster the week of the Ohio State game, but never made the roster on MGoBlue.com. Rashan Gary pledge for 2016.
Defensive End-Strong Side
Comments: Chris Wormley had 43 tackles, 11.5 for loss including 6.5 sacks, a knocked down pass, and a forced fumble. Wormley has 11 starts at End and one at Tackle; he probably had his worst game of his Wolverine career against Indiana as he couldn't hold the anchor, but overall he was our best defensive lineman in 2015. Taco Charlton was in on 30 tackles, 8 for loss with 5.5 sacks; he forced a big red zone fumble against Oregon State. He had three starts to end the season including the Penn State and Ohio State games. Will we add Connor Murphy?
Defensive End-Rush (Weak Side) (Buck Linebacker)
|Jenkins-Stone, Royce||52||DE/Buck LB||1||Sr.||6'2"||245||Starter||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Ross, James "Big"||15||DE/Buck LB||2||Sr.||6'1"||241||Backup||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Marshall, Lawrence||93||DE/Buck LB||3||Fr.||6'4"||250||Backup||4.41||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Johnson, Shelton||7||DE/Buck LB||4||Fr.||6'5"||212||Redshirt||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Jones, Rueben||4||DE/Buck LB||4||Fr.||6'4"||222||Redshirt||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Robertson, Cheyenn||92||DE/Buck LB||6||Fr.||6'3"||233||Walk-on||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Ojemudia, Mario||53||DE/Buck LB||7||Sr.||6'3"||252||Injury||4.65||30"||315||23||3.2|
Comments: Royce Jenkins-Stone finished with 40 tackles, 6 for loss, and 3 sacks; he has 5 starts. James Ross played most of the Minnesota game at BUCK. Lawrence Marshall was expected to be a big contributor, but he did not play against Utah except on special teams; he did not play against Oregon State, but got some reps late in the UNLV, BYU, and Northwestern games. Marshall did not play against MSU, Minnesota, Rutgers, Indiana or Penn State on defense due to "internal matters;" he did get some reps in the Citrus Bowl, and had his first tackle of the season. Mario Ojemudia was our defensive line leader with 19 tackles, 6 for loss, 2 sacks with 5 starts; however, an achilles tendon injury ended his season. Shelton Johnson and Rueben Jones have impressed so far, but both will most likely redshirt; however, the injury to Ojemudia could change things as Harbaugh says they are both "close" to being ready for playing time. Ron Johnson pledged for 2016. Carlo Kemp pledged for 2016, and enrolled in January so he'll be ready for Spring ball!
Defensive Line Rotation
|Defensive Lineman||Total Tackles||Tackles for Loss||Sacks||Forced Fumbles||Fumble Recoveries||Interceptions||Pass Deflections/Blocked Kicks||Role/Status|
|Wormley, Chris||43||11.5||6.5||1||0||0||1||DE Starter|
|Jenkins-Stone, Royce||40||6||3||1||0||0||0||DE/Buck Linebacker Starter|
|Hurst, Maurice||35||6.5||3||0||0||0||0||NT Backup|
|Henry, Willie||34||10||6.5||0||0||0||2||DE/DT Starter|
|Charlton, Taco||30||8.5||5.5||1||0||0||0||DE Backup|
|Glasgow, Ryan||25||5||1||0||0||0||0||NT Starter|
|Ojemudia, Mario||19||6||2||0||0||0||0||DE/Buck Linebacker Starter|
|Godin, Matt||18||0.5||0.5||0||0||0||0||DT Backup|
|Strobel, Tom||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||NT Backup|
|Pallante, Brady||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||NT Backup|
|Marshall, Lawrence||1||0.5||0||0||0||0||0||DE/Buck Linebacker Backup|
Our defensive line had a great season, but the Buckeyes handled this group from start to finish. We only got one quarterback hit on Barrett, no sacks and only one negative play. Wormley, Glasgow, Henry, Hurst, and Charlton are all scheduled to return in 2016. Key Backup Matt Godin also returns along with January Enrollee Carlo Kemp at Buck Linebacker with Redshirts Reuben Jones and Shelton Johnson.
|Defensive Lineman||UFR Total|
|Defensive Line UFR||Plus||Minus||Total|
Our Defensive Line has lost two starters: Ojemudia and Glasgow, and this really hurt us for the Michigan State and Ohio State games.
|Ross, James "Big"||15||OLB-SAM||1||Sr.||6'1"||241||Starter||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
Comments: James Ross had 26 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and a sack while rotating between WILL, SAM, and BUCK as needed with 3 starts; he also has 4 tackles on the kickoff team. Ross was suspended for the first half against MSU due to "targeting" in the Northwestern game. Allen Gant is listed as backup; he got in on a tackle on a kickoff return, but hasn't seen the field at linebacker until briefly in the MSU game due to Bolden's ejection. Gant played at the OLB as Ross was moved to BUCK for the Minneosta game; Gant was on the field on the last play of the game. This position is another weakness on our defense, and Minnesota expoited this weakness with Leidner running for a TD; we continue to have trouble on the edge. Ross Credits Hockey for Football Successs. Jared Wangler hasn't seen the field at linebacker, but did trip to Indiana. Devin Bush has pledged for 2016, and enrolled in January. Devin Gil and Joshua Uche have also pledged.
Comments: Desmond Morgan had 70 tackles, 2 for loss including a sack, a forced fumble, and interception, and broke up 3 passes in 13 starts plus got another tackle on a punt return. Morgan had a poor performance against Indiana. His backup, Ben Gedeon, produced 27 tackles, 3 for loss plus 8.5 on special teams; he had one start. We have been decent at MIKE, but lost contain on the quarterback on a few occasions especially on quarterback draws. Michael McCray had surgery in the Spring, and has not been able to play all season; he is listed on the depth chart, but hasn't dressed for many games. Noah Furbush played against Maryland, Northwestern, Minnesota, Rutgers, Indiana, and Penn State on kickoffs, and has 3.5 tackles. Furbush played in the Citrus Bowl. Elysee Mbem-Bosse has pledged for 2016.
|Ross, James "Big"||15||ILB-WILL||2||Sr.||6'1"||241||Backup||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
Comments: Captain Joe Bolden had 83 tackles, 6.5 for loss and a fumble recovery in 13 games with 12 starts; he was not in on any tackles against BYU. He has not been mobile enough especially on pass coverage, and missed tackles. According to Michael Spath at The Wolverine.com, Bolden missed 8 tackles at Utah. D.J. Durkin also noted Bolden's mistakes. He leads the defense in tackles, but has really had a poor senior year overall. James Ross is his backup, and Allen Gant contributed against MSU; Gant may play more with the move of Ross to BUCK. Michael Wroblewski tore his ACL in the Spring. Nick Benda is out for the season. Dytarious Johnson has committed for 2016. Michael Ferns transferred to West Virginia.
|1Defensive Linebacker||Total Tackles||Tackles for Loss||Sacks||Forced Fumbles||Fumble Recoveries||Interceptions||Pass Break Ups/Blocked Kicks||Role/Status|
|Bolden, Joe||83||6.5||0||0||1||0||0||ILB-WILL Starter/Captain|
|Morgan, Desmond||70||2||1||1||0||1||3||ILB-MIKE Starter|
|Ross, James "Big"||29||5.5||1||0||0||0||0||OLB-SAM Starter/ILB-WILL Backup|
|Gedeon, Ben||27||3||0||0||0||0||0||ILB-MIKE Backup|
Since I've been following Michigan football 1959-2015, this is the only season I can remember where we've only used 4 linebackers. Furbush did get in to play a few reps in the Citrus Bowl.
Our Linebacking was not that great other than the play of Morgan. Bolden According to Brian Cook's Upon Further Review, Joe Bolden had a sub-par season. Our linebackers are doing a good job against the run, but have a hard time defending the edge. Captain Bolden's ejection was a disgrace, and really hurt our team against MSU. Linebacking Corps were only in on 10 tackles against Penn State.
Defensive Secondary Update
Mike Zordich Interview
Mike Zordich on the Secondary
Mike Zordich says Michigan's D 'laid an egg' at Minnesota. Bad eye control. Lost guys. Back end 'did not play well.'
Defensive Back-Wideside (LCB )
Comments: Lewis after Rutgers on breaking record Jourdan Lewis was in on 51 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions for a TD, and has 20 pass break ups in 13 games which is best in the Big Ten in passes defended, and a new Michigan season record. Burbridge vs. Lewis Brandon Watson is the other backup; he was in on 3 special teams tackles against Penn State; he finished with 4.5 tackles. Lewis on March 31 Anthony Dalimonte has been injured and lost for the season. Lyons looking for a new challenge. Lyons Transfer is Official David Long committed for 2016.
Defensive Back-Shortside (RCB)
Comments: Jeremy Clark was in on 19 tackles, 3 pass break ups, and 3 interceptions in 13 games plus got in on a couple special teams tackles; he had 7 starts. He was burned on the last TD pass against MSU, and another against Minnesota; Ohio State ran a zone read that forced Safety Wilson up, and then Jalin Marshall burned Clark for a TD. Channing Stribling backed up Clark after starting 3 games; he was in on 15 tackles plus one on special teams, 2 interceptions plus 3 pass break ups in 8 games. Stribling didn't travel to Maryland nor play against Northwestern. Stribling dressed for the Northwestern game, warmed up, but didn't play. Stribling Keeps Past Mistakes with him on journey to become a statrter Freddy Canteen is now exclusively a cornerback, but he didn't play in the Citrus Bowl. Blake Countess transferred to Auburn where was named as a starter.
Wilson and Hill
Comments: Jarrod Wilson had 60 tackles including a sack in 13 starts with 2 pass break ups, and 2 interceptions. Delano Hill had 43 tackles, 2.5 for loss plus 3 on kickoff returns and 2 pass break ups with 8 starts; he had a big touchdown saving tackle against BYU. Hill has two starts at Strong Safety. Hill stopped Sudfed at the 2 in overtime to force a 4th down, and then broke up the pass on the last play of the game. Senior Terry Richardson got to play against UNLV. Khaleke Hudson pledged for 2016.
Comments: Jabrill Peppers had 45 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and 10 pass break ups in 12 starts; he put his hand through a plate of glass, and didn't play in the Citrus Bowl. Dymonte Thomas overcame several injuries to log 19 tackles with 7 pass break ups as Peppers backup; Thomas had 5 starts at Strong Safety in the last 5 games over Delano Hill including the Citrus Bowl. Wayne Lyons had 3 tackles plus two on special teams, and a pass break up. Lyons adjusting to new position, Wolverine terminology. The Strong Safety covers the opponent Tight End much of the time, and we did not do a good job in cover as demonstrated by Brandon Lingen grabbing 5 for 111 yards in the Minnesota game with 3 catches of 20+ yards. Tyree Kinnel is now #23; he played on special teams with 2 tackles. Josh Metellus has pledged for 2016; Brian Cole has switched from Wide Receiver to Safety as well.
Greg Jackson on Defensive Backfield
Greg Jackson on October 28
Defensive Back Rotation
|Defensive Back||Total Tackles||Tackles for Loss||Sacks||Forced Fumbles||Fumble Recoveries||Interceptions||Pass Break Ups/Blocked Kicks||Role/Status|
|Wilson, Jarrod||60||1||1||0||0||2||2||FS Starter|
|Lewis, Jourdan||51||3.5||1||0||0||2||20||LCB Starter|
|Peppers, Jabrill||45||5.5||0||0||0||0||10||SS Starter/Nickel|
|Hill, Delano||43||2.5||0||0||0||0||2||FS Backup|
|Clark, Jeremy||19||0||0||0||0||3||3||RCB Starter|
|Stribling, Channing||15||0||0||0||0||2||3||RCB Backup|
|Thomas, Dymonte||19||0||0||0||0||0||7||SS Backup|
|Lyons, Wayne||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||SS Backup|
|Watson, Brandon||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||LCB Backup|
|Defensive Back||UFR Total|
|Defensive Back UFR||Plus||Minus||Total|
Our defensive backfield improved as the season progressed. Jourdan Lewis was one of the best corners in the country. Peppers started to assert himself on defense, and shows he can be a leader; by 2016, both Peppers and Lewis will definitely lead the backfield. Jarrod Wilson, Delano Hill, and Dymonte Thomas were only adequate at safety; we really need to improve at both safety positions for 2016. Wayne Lyons was not the contributor we hoped for as a 5th year transfer. Overall, we improved in the secondary, but the Spartans and Gophers showed our vulnerabilities with 328 and 317 yards in the air. We return Lewis, Peppers, Dymonte Thomas, and Clark, but we'll need to raise our safety play if we want to compete for championships. Sir Patrick Scott, Antwaine Richardson, Devin Gil, Josh Metellus and Redshirts Brian Cole and Keith Washington will compete for playing time in 2016 along with holdovers Channing Stribling, Brandon Watson, Tyree Kinnel, and Freddy Canteen.
|Defensive Unit||Percent of Total Tackles||Total Tackles||Tackles for Loss||Sacks||Forced Fumbles||Fumble Recoveries||Interceptions||Pass Break Ups/Blocked Kicks|
We ranked as the #2 Total Defense, #4 in rushing defense, #4 in pass defense, #2 in pass efficiency defense, #12 in first down defense, #2 in 3rd down conversion defense, and #6 in scoring defense after 13 games nationally. Unfortunately, we ranked 119th in turnovers gained defensively. We continue to drop obvious interceptions, and give our opponents "second life." Michael Spath of The Wolverine.com counted 28 missed tackles against Indiana.
|Ross, James "Big"||2||2||5||0||2||1||1||9||3||1||5||3||1||35|
Jourdan Lewis said the defense had a hard time handling "tempo," and had problems with fatigue in the second half probably due to elevation against Utah. Michigan State had 6 pass plays of 20+ yards, and it contributed to their time of possession advantage. This defense allowed the Minnesota Gopher offense to roll up 461 yards of total offense with 5 big plays of 20+ yards; they are ranked #14 in scoring offense, #12 in passing and total offense, #11 in pass efficiency offense, and #10 in rushing offense in the Big Ten. Indiana completely wore us out; we had to make 93 tackles in the game, and gave up 6 plays of 20+ yards. Ohio State is #1 in Rushing, Scoring, and Total Offense in the Big Ten, but the Spartan defense held them in check!
|DL Totals (11)||42.5||19.5||46||10||63||14.5||45.5||9||58.5||11||64||6.5||51.5||11.5||63||12||38||11||62||56.5||52.5||14||0||0||41||10.5||627.5||184.5||442|
|LB Totals (4)||19||18||18.5||11.5||15.5||17||1||3.5||20||10.5||12.5||10.5||19||4||18||29.5||21||9||19.5||24.5||17.5||7.5||0||0||19||19.5||200.5||165||35.5|
|DB Totals (8)||24.5||17||18.5||17||31.5||7.5||16.5||2||28.5||4.5||25||13||27.5||23||26.5||26||22.5||14.5||23||20.5||29.5||8.5||0||0||18||10||291.5||163.5||128|
|Snappers||Robinson and Sypniewski||Liesman|
|Special Teams-Other||Role||Total Tackles||Forced Fumbles||Fumble Recoveries||Blocked Kicks|
|Gedeon, Ben||Kickoff Returns||8.5||0||0||0|
|Ross, James||Kickoff Returns||6||0||0||0|
|Furbush, Noah||Kickoff Returns||3.5||0||0||0|
|Watson, Brandon||Punt Returns||3.5||0||0||0|
|Hill, Delano||Kickoff Returns||2.5||0||0||0|
|Lyons, Wayne||Kickoff Returns||2.5||0||0||0|
|Rudock, Jake||Fumble Returns||2||0||0||0|
|Butt, Jake||Punt Returns||2||0||0||0|
|Thomas, Dymonte||Kickoff/Punt Returns||2||0||0||0|
|Chesson, Jehu||Punt Returns||1.5||0||1||0|
|Wilson, Jarrod||Punt Returns||1||0||0||0|
|Harris, Drake||Interception Return||1||0||0||0|
|Stribling, Channing||Punt Returns||1||0||0||0|
|Darboh, Amara||Interception Return||1||0||0||0|
|Morgan, Desmond||Punt Returns||1||0||0||0|
|Smith, DeVeon||Interception Return||1||0||0||0|
|Speight, Wilton||Interception Return||1||0||0||0|
|Gant, Allen||Kickoff Returns||1||0||0||0|
|Lewis, Jourdan||Kickoff Returns||0.5||1||0||0|
|Pearson, A.J.||Kickoff Returns||0.5||0||0||0|
|Pallante, Brady||Kickoff Returns||0.5||0||0||0|
Ben Gedeon led our special teams with 8.5 tackles on kickoff returns. James Ross had 6 tackles, Noah Furbush and Brandon Watson had 3.5 tackles on kickoffs and punt returns, Delano Hill and Wayne Lyons had 2.5 tackles each on kickoff returns. Channing Stribling, Jehu Chesson, Jeremy Clark, and Desmond Morgan have tackles on punt returns. The fumble recovery by Chesson was our first of the season, and huge in the Penn State win.
|National Rank||Big Ten Rank||Category|
|48th||3rd||Kickoff Return Defense|
Punt Return Defense
Overall, we were outstanding on kickoff and kickoff returns with Chesson, Peppers, Lewis, and Allen. On Extra Points and Field Goals, we also exceeded expectations. Where we failed was on punting with our net punting game!!! If we improved that, we'd have won the MSU game, and had 11 wins. We did a fine job on punt returns, and our punt coverage was decent with the exception being in the Maryland game.
John Baxter on November 18
Baxter will use Multiple Kickers, Punters and Return Specialists
Baxter Stressing Technique, Intensity
Baxter Approach Radical
Baxter actively teaching kickers like a pitcher in a bullpen
Spring Practice Special Teams Report
Notes from Baxter at Football Clinic
Jehu Chesson recovers a fumble against Penn State while Noah Furbush secures the tackle
Placekicker/Field Goals/Extra Points/Kickoffs
Comments: Kenny Allen hit 18 of 22 field goal attempts, and was 46 of 46 on extra points; he boomed 78 kickoffs for a 61.4 yard average including 34 touchbacks with 2 out of bounds including an onside kick. Allen is the first African-American placekicker in the Big Ten in 30 years. Kyle Seychel and Andrew David are his backups, but David is now listed as 2nd string on the official depth chart. Ryan Tice has walked-on. Will we add Quinn Nordin? The field goal and extra point team consisted of Tom Strobel, Williams, Mason Cole, Garrett Glasgow, Scott Sypniewski, Kyle Kalis, Jake Butt and Henry Poggi with holder Blake O'Neill and Allen.
Comments: Scott Sypniewski started all 13 games; he has done well up until the low snap to O'Neill that contributed to the fumble. Apparently, it has been reported that he has a broken thumb which has contributed to poor snaps; he also had a temperature of 103, and had to be quaranteened from the team for the Indiana game. Andrew Robinson started the final two games as snapper for punts; Sypniewski started for extra points and field goals. Dan Liesman was awarded a scholarship; he is also a linebacker.
Blake O'Neill is the holder with Jake Rudock as backup. One would have to believe that Speight is a 3rd option.
Comments: Blake O'Neill transfered; he had 53 punts for a 41.3 yards including 23 inside the 20, 14 fair catches, but two blocked punts have us ranked 90th in the nation in net punting and 98th in punt return defense. O'Neill talks about blunder. The costly fumble on the punt return will be a hard memory to forget. O'Neill didn't punt in the Citrus Bowl due to a leg injury, but Kenny Allen hit a 57 yarder in his only punt. The punt coverage team consisted of Joe Kerridge, Dymonte Thomas, Wayne Lyons, Jourdan Lewis, James Ross, Scott Sypniewski, Justin Clark, Desmond Morgan, and O'Neill.
Comments: Jabrill Peppers had 17 returns for 194 yards; he is averaging 11.4 yards per return. Amara Darboh spelled Peppers in the Citrus Bowl, and had a 11 yard punt return. Jourdan Lewis was the other backup; Grant Perry, Channing Stribling, Freddy Canteen, Jehu Chesson, and Drake Harris are also working here. On the punt return team, Channing Stribling, Jeremy Clark, Delano Hill, Ben Gedeon, Joe Kerridge, Dymonte Thomas, Wayne Lyons, Desmond Morgan, Lawrence Marshall, and Peppers.
Comments: Jehu Chesson's 96 yarder for a TD really sparked the team in the Northwestern win; he had 4 returns for 166 yards. Jabrill Peppers had 8 returns for 223 yards for a 27.9 yard average. Jourdan Lewis had 9 returns for 255 yards, and Dymonte Thomas had one return for 28 yards. As a team, we had 28 returns for a 28.4 yard average. The kickoff return team had Delano Hill, Ben Gedeon, Henry Poggi, Brian Cole, Jordan Wilson, Jake Butt, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Dymonte Thomas and Jourdan Lewis. The kickoff coverage team consisted of Wayne Lyons, Jeremy Clark, Royce Jenkins-Stone, Joe Kerridge, James Ross, Ben Gedeon, Delano Hill, Jourdan Lewis, Dymonte Thomas, and Kenny Allen kicking off.
|Anlauf, Brad||89||X Wide Receiver||7||Fr.||6'4"||205|
|Robertson, Cheyenn||92||DE/Buck LB||6||Fr.||6'3"||233|
|Sloss, Kenneth||5||Z Wide Receiver||4||Jr.||5'11"||170|
|Wangler, Jack||16||X Wide Receiver||5||So.||6'1"||200|
Walk-on Joe Kerridge was voted Offensive Team Captain. Graham and Ryan Glasgow are two other starters who started their careers as Walk-Ons. Both Kenny Allen and Dan Liesman have been awarded scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. Andrew Robinson, Ben Pliska, Michael Jocz, A.J. Pearson, Scott Sypniewski, and Bobby Henderson have earned playing time this season. Nick Benda and Anthony Dalimonte have been lost for the season due to injury.
Marmion's Glasgow to join brothers at Michigan; looks to play Safety or Slot Wide Receiver
Cheyenn Robertson to walk-on as Defensive End
Chris Terech of Saline to Walk-On
John Andrysiak of Flint Powers to Walk-On
Will Coleman of Battle Creek to Walk-On
Tommy Witted to Walk-On
Jameson Offerdahl to Walk-On
Kevin Gross to Walk-On
Michigan Football Schedule-2015
September 3 Observations on the loss to #5 Utah, 17-24
September 12 Observations on the win over Oregon State, 35-7
September 19 Observations on the win over UNLV, 28-7
September 26 Observations on the win over #22 BYU, 31-0
October 10 Observations on the win over #13 Northwestern, 38-0
October 31 Observations on the thrilling win to recover the Brown Jug, 29-26
November 7 Observations on the win over Rutgers, 49-16
November 14 Observations on the overtime win over Indiana, 48-41
November 21 Observations on the win over Penn State, 28-16
November 28 Observations on the Humbling Loss to Ohio State, 13-42
January 1 Observations on the Citrus Bowl win over Florida, 41-7
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Nick Baumgardner covered Western Kentucky, Bowling Green, and interned at the Lansing State Journal before he covered Michigan Football for MLive; Mark Snyder grew up in Bloomfield Hills and worked for the Oakland Press prior to the Detroit Free Press
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