Who needs to play well for Michigan to ensure a win Saturday? Obviously one of our 3 Quarterbacks. I feel Stevie Brown will need to play well in his new position. The more pressure we put on Hiller, the better.
the line's must step up and dominate flat out we need to help our young safties and qb's
Your best player has to step up. I think you have to exclude the QB's from any answer, though, as they are the obvious answer.
i agree we all know the QB's are most important
If their QB (Hiler?) is their best player, he needs to spend a substantial amount of time getting acquainted with our fieldturf and Brandon Graham is certainly capable of providing said meeting.
I might be wrong here, but I don't think Stevie's new position has him rushing the QB much. Or are your sentences unrelated/separate thoughts and I'm reading them incorrectly?
Stevie will be blitzing from this position.
Van Bergen. Martin and of course Graham will get a ton of attention from the o-line...if Van Bergen can beat whoever he is going against in a 1-on-1 match-up...takes all the pressure off the inexperienced secondary.
We need to have big days from the D-Line. If they can keep Hiller on his back and guessing as to what they are going to do then I have enough confidence in our offense to out-score them.
It scares me so much. I think they really need a good game, especially to get ready for Floyd and Tate the weekend after.
I will second your vote on the secondary. Westerns quarterback is a baller, and that guy has potential to be playing on Sundays. Secondary needs to step up and avoid being exposed.
I second this. I feel like the turnovers on punt returns ruined our chances more than a few times. Lets hope we can hold on this year.
Great call. I was saying to myself, "hmm..." while reading these other comments, and then I came to yours and said to myself, "bingo- he's got it." If they can hold onto the ball, and we can bust one big and consistently perform in the return game, it will make a very big difference and would likely put us in a position to win the game, assuming nothing more than competence from the other areas of the team.
We need to see that there really is a noticeable difference between this year and last.
From what I've been able to garner, WMU is replacing much of their defense this year. We should be able to move the ball and score, as well as control the clock.
One thing I'd like to see (and I know it may be too soon) is for UM to show that teams like WMU don't belong on the same football field as them.
mesko won't have to.
Donovan has got to be their lock down corner. Swagger and all.
Odoms. Catch the ball and run like hell.
They need to have a good game so the pressure can be off our secondary.
what's with his ankle? can this guy ever catch a break? i know we have plenty of other options but i was thinking he was due for a break out year at the super-back position.
Running game! Minor or more likely Brown, or whoever who can stay injury free and pound the rock...
- To ease the nerves of our QB(s)
- Sustain drives to keep our D off the field so much
- Force WMU's DB's to cheat up and open up the passing lanes for scores from the slot ninjas, and running TD's from our QB's (Forcier/Robinson) when they have the zone read and break free...
The answer has to be Carlos Brown. It would be his time to show us all what we have been missing all these years.
From the videos I've seen, Carlos Brown is looking REALLY good.
a) it fits the question of what one guy
b) as was mentioned above, the turnovers at this position killed us and there is too much to lose if things get screwed up at this position.
From a unit standpoint it's a tie: The D-line, who has to get pressure on Hiller; and the secondary, who can't give up the big plays like they did last year.
What part of "What single player needs to come up big for Michigan Saturday?" don't you people understand?
We have to get after Hiller and disrupt him.
In my opinion, Troy Woolfolk would be the guy. We have a young secondary and a new defense. The offense will work itself out - we have a good OL, a stable of running backs, and quarterbacks who are at least good enough to manage the game. But we need a guy at safety to eliminate big plays in the passing game.
If you had said "single guy" the clear answer to me is GERG Robinson. But since you said "player" i think you absolutely have to go with Forcier. I think the Defense is more important on Saturday, but no "one player" can dictate the success of the entire defense (unless that guy is named Woodson and wears #2).
Whoever ends up playing QB, whether its one, two, or three different players. It will probably be the biggest difference from last year.
Minor is the key. He can sustain drives for long periods of time and will help to take the pressure off of Tate (yes, I'm predicting Tate will start). If Minor is injured, then Carlos Brown will need to step up.
The reason I didn't say Forcier is that if he doesn't do well, there are viable options behind him who could still lead us to victory. They're obviously not AS good as he is or he wouldn't start (at least according to my projection).
The reason Woolfolk needs to do well is that there really isn't any depth at safety. If he sucks . . . he's still got the job. So he has to be good.
If we don't do a quality job relaying in signals, we're in for a world of hurt.