This week's iteration of "Michigan Monday" went up yesterday at Ohio website "The Ozone." LINK: http://theozone.net/football/2012/Indiana/MichiganMonday.html
A few quotes and highlights:
Any time you can rush for over 300 yards like the Wolverines did (304), and you're not an undermanned triple-option team, it means that you are in complete control of a game.
Regarding Denard and the rest of the running game:
They were even in position to stop Robinson on his big plays, but he was just too good. What wasn't "just too good", however, was the rest of the running game. Fitzgerald Toussaint carried the ball 17 times for 19 yards, and Vincent Smith carried it three times for eight yards.
Thomas Rawls came in when the game was well over and looked very impressive, running for 33 yards on four carries, and leaving a wake of brutalized Boilermakers in his path. Whether his play would translate while the game is still in doubt is hard to say, but it's probably time to at least let him try.
Regarding Jake Ryan's play:
I know I say this every week, but strongside linebacker Jake Ryan is so good at his job. He does a few things in every game that stands out, and they are all in different spots on the field.
For instance, there's no reason that a guy who is strong and bullish enough to rush the passer with his hand on the ground should also be able to defend slot receivers, but he does it. Granted, it's for a short period of time, but he doesn't look out of place in the open field.
A few bullets summarizing content:
- The first drive was a microcosm of the game, ruthlessly driving down the field.
- Michigan completely controlled the game on both sides of the ball.
- It is incredible that 235 yards for Denard isn't remarkable, and not a career high.
- While the OL isn't opening huge holes, the lack of running yardage is partly on the running backs.
- Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon are doing a good job receiving, and both could get more looks and do well.
- The entire defense was impressive, and tackled well in space.
- Mattison has the defense well prepared to overachieve again this year.
- The front seven controlled the line of scrimmage, important because:
- The secondary is still suspect, with Taylor beaten badly on his interception.
Opponents will actually have to work hard to move the ball on this defense. The cute stuff that Purdue likes was useless . . . I want to see how this defense does against a team that is devoted to seeing how soft Michigan's middle is by running a power game. . . .To say that I'm excited to see how the Wolverines perform against Michigan State and Nebraska this month would be an understatement.