|Hey Superman - Let me see you Fly! David Guralnick, Detroit News|
It's really starting to get hard to find flaws with this team. Wilton who has had some accuracy problems in the past, looked much improved on Saturday afternoon. I was thinking the same thing, but I will let Jimmy say it, We were just executing well. I was really, really impressed. Those first three drives of the game, and then the entire game-- I thought Wilton Speight might have had one of the best games of his career.
Wilton was 16/23 for 253 yards and 2 TD's. Most importantly he didn't throw anything that resembled a bad throw or one that could be picked. They say, he spent the entire bye week looking at film and I think it helped.
The defense nearly pitched another shutout but a 50/50 ball went Illinois way. The running game was also sharp, led by some nice running by Higdon who lead the team with 106 yards.
Kenny also got back on track and hit two field goals.
- Improved QB Play
- Defense for giving up one TD
- Thomas had a nice game at safety and his first Int.
- Higdon is a very nice back and has a huge upside
- Darboh was one yard away from another 100 yard performance
- Wheat got his first TD!
- Another great coaching job by the Michigan staff (no let down)
- Grant Perry is in the dog house and didn't play
- Chris Evans blacked out after his hit
- Peppers didn't get in the end zone
I don't know what targeting is anymore but it sure looked like it on Evans hit. He blacked out and was doing better by half-time, I suspect we won't see him this weekend against MSU. It's best for him to rest a couple of weeks before any contact.
Now it's time to turn the page and look what happens to be in the front windshield: A trip to East Lansing! I know the Buckeyes lost this weekend but first things first. I don't think there will be any trouble getting up for this game. I also don't care how the Spartans are playing, this is going to be a hard hitting game. Love the 12:00 kick!
In the your best Yankees announcer voice: Welcome, Donovan Jeter........Jeter
Right after his de-commitment from ND last week and his official visit to Ann Arbor this weekend, four-star Beaver Falls DT/DE Donovan Jeter announced he wanted to commit to the Wolverines yesterday. Jeter is 6'5 and 250 pounds, reports are he got as high at 300 last year but has trimmed down.
He is a 4 star to all the services and pretty much a top 300 player. ESPN rates him the highest at #80. His offer list was pretty incredible with the likes of Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami FL, MSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pitt, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, West Virginia, Wisconsin and others.
This was a strong Greg Mattision recruitment and he gave the Pittsburg media this following quote (HT to Mgoblog)
“I don’t want to play for a mediocre school,” he said. “I don’t want to play for a team that goes like 7-6. I want to go to a school that plays in the big bowl games or plays in the College Football Playoff. I don’t want to go to an average school because I don’t think I’m an average player. I want to make big time plays on a big time stage.”
This is the 3rd DT in this class and it will now be interesting to see how this affects the recruitment of last weekend visitor Jay Tufele and in-state Deron Irving-Bey.
- Weekend visitor LB Willie Gay de-committed from Ole Miss after his visit to A2 this past weekend.
- Breaking News: 3-star weakside defensive end Kwity Paye has de-committed from BC and committed to Michigan this morning.
- Michigan Maryland is a 3:30 kick off