Grading The Performance: Western Michigan


Not surprisingly Denard Robinson had moments of both good and bad, though there was none of the spectacular plays that we have come to expect from #16. Fitzgerald ToussantOn the plus side Denard seemed more comfortable under center than he did in the spring, he didn’t turn the ball over and his decision making as a passer was good for the most part. Denard threw a picture perfect strike to Gallon on 3rd and 6, a pass that he struggled to complete in the past. On the down side there were several very poor throws made by Denard which were the result of bad footwork. There were under- throws, over-throws, and several passes thrown behind WRs that were caught. There were also several instances where Denard left his receiver out to dry, subjecting them to big hits and potential turnovers down the road. Overall the game management and decision making earn Denard solid marks in his first performance in the new offense, even with the lack of big plays.

Grade: B-

Running Back

The performance by the backs was really a tale of two halves. There wasn’t much running room in the first half and the backs struggled to hit holes and make guys miss. Michigan averaged a measly 4.2ypc going into halftime. That number radically changed in the 2nd half as Fitzgerald Toussaint and Shaw both broke runs of 40+ yards. Michigan finished the game average 7.3ypc with both backs flashing the kind of big play ability the offense has missed. The backs also did a good job of blocking, both in pass protection and lead blocking for Denard on designed runs.

Grade: B+

Wide Receivers/TEs

It was a mostly uneventful day for the receivers as there were only 13 passes thrown in the game. Roundtree and Hemmingway both bailed out Denard Robinson on bad throws and the receivers as a whole did a good job of catching the ball. Koger had 2 nice grabs, including one in traffic which got him hammered. Both the TEs and WRs did a good job of run blocking during the game. Tough to praise or criticize a unit that didn’t get asked to do very much.

Grade: B

Offensive Line

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Press Conference Notes (8/23/11)

Head Coach Brady Hoke:

On Consistency: Team needs more consistency. Defense will be good one day and mediocre the next. Saturday, everyone was really physical. There hasn’t been one practice in my opinion that team didn’t show intensity.

Scrimmage Notes: Troy Woolfolk played very well, Brandon Herron showed some positive signs. Fitz, Smith and Shaw all played very well.

Kicking Game: Tight race between Wile and Seth B. to be the punter.  By Sunday we will have our ducks lined up how we want them.  Right now Brendan is kicking the best.

Secondary: Woolfolk has one spot locked up, Avery and J.T. Floyd are doing a great job and battling for the other spot. At Safety, Thomas Gordon, Carvin Johnson and Jordan Kovacs have all stood out. Gordon has shown the growth that we like.

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