Grading The Performance: Purdue

Quarterback

This was by the most efficient day for the quarterbacks that we’ve seen all season. It wasn’t a huge day statistically through the air or the ground but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The offense has been dependent on the play of the QB for the entire year. Saturday was the first game where the QBs have taken a back seat. Denard played the role of distributor more than that of creator or facilitator as he’s done in the past. That isn’t to say that Denard didn’t make some key plays on his own. Denard was in his comfort zone as a passer and it showed. He did get into trouble locking onto Kevin Koger, which cost him a pick, and he once again threw off his back foot into coverage when pressured. Those plays were the exception in the game however. Since arriving at Michigan, Denard’s best throws have come on the intermediate dig route, and Saturday was no exception, as he rifled a perfect strike to Jeremy Gallon in stride, and was on the money on the rest of his short passes.

Devin Gardner continues to receive snaps; which will only help his development. Devin handled managing the offense well enough, but did throw a key interception. He likely kicked himself after watching the film, as there were two wide open receivers; his pass was nowhere near either of them. He is likely still a year or 2 away from being ready.

Grade: C+

Running Back

What a day for Fitz Toussaint, who likely locked himself into the #1 RB role. Fitz showed a burst that we haven’t  seen from him since he arrived at Michigan, but one he flashed in HS. Earlier in the year, Fitz was run down in the open field on several occasions, nothing like that happened on Saturday however. Outside of the speed, Fitz also displayed great vision and cutting ability, which we have really lacked at the RB position since Mike Hart. Even though he didn’t get in the game until late, Mike Shaw continued to show strong running ability. It continues to baffle me why he doesn’t receive more carries, he’s been effective every time he’s touched the ball.

Stephen Hopkins seems to have really taken to the FB position. Hopkins put down some key blocks for the backs, and while he has had trouble holding onto the ball, he’s earned the opportunity for significant playing time at FB

Grade: A+

Wide Receivers

I won’t go as far as calling this a bounce back game for the receivers after their performance against Michigan State, but they did make some very nice plays and bailed out their QB out on occasion. Jeremy Gallon is beginning to live up to the hype he had coming out of HS as an All-American. When he gets the opportunity to make a play in space he’s a real weapon. Roy Roundtree always manages to get himself wide open whenever we play Purdue. I don’t think he has ever let the controversy surrounding his recruitment go. He seems to play with an especially large chip on his shoulder against Purdue.

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The Wolverine End Around For September 19th

UMGoNetwork Summary:

Senior Writer Andy Andersen recaps the victory over Eastern Michigan – Eastern Vanquished 10th Time

Forum – Wolverines in The Top 25, Buckeyes OutIs Al Borges Going To Screw Things UpAny Info. On Devin GardnerTaking Son To His First Game

2013 Recruit of the Day:

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Cass Tech DT Kenton Gibbs

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Farmington Hills Harrison WR/TE Devin Funchess

Eastern Michigan Post-Game Quote:

Ron English

“You have to score from the one-inch line. Can’t score from the half yard line, you’re going to have a hard time winning, so that hurt us. As the game went along, Denard [Robinson] made some plays in there, and I felt that it took some of our steam away to be honest with you. I thought we had a hard time with him today.” – Eastern Michigan Head Coach Ron English

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My 2011 Season Predictions

September 3rd Western MichiganThomas Gordon - Rivals

2009 all over again. While Western has talent, including Michigan transfer Dan O’Neil, they lack the athletes necessary to keep pace with Michigan. The only question to be answered in this game is how much Michigan chooses to put on display. Everyone plays, everyone goes home happy.

The Pick: michigan logo

September 10th Notre Dame

Most anticipated and expensive game on the schedule. Michigan has survived 2 close finishes over the last 2 years and returns all of the important pieces from last year squad. Brian Kelly is in the process of building a strong ND team but still lacks talent and experience on defense. The return of Michael Floyd ensures that Michigan secondary will be tested early and often. The game is likely to go down to the wire again but this time Michigan is unable to put out a victory

The Pick: university_of_notre_dame_flag_629big

September 17th Eastern Michigan

Devin Gardner enters late in the 2nd quarter. Mike Hart crosses to the opposite sideline in the 3rd quarter to chat with Michigan players.

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