Sunday, September 30, 2007
Michigan Offense vs. Northwestern Defense
There were two Wolverine offenses that took the field Saturday, one led by senior quarterback Chad Henne, and the other led by freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett. After their respective performances on Saturday, there should no longer be any rumblings over who should be the Michigan quarterback. As Coach Carr and Mallett said after last weeks game, "This is Chad's team."
Chad Henne played the first series and led the Wolverines down the field, capping the drive off with an 11 yard touchdown pass to junior Mario Manningham. Mallett took over for the remainder of the first half and struggled as Michigan struggled to establish a running game, as senior Mike Hart ran for only 31 yards on 12 carries. Overall Mallett was quarterback for five drive, which resulted in three three-and-outs, four punts, and another missed field goal by Jason Gingell.
Chad Henne came out and took over in the second half and led the Wolverines to the victory. He threw two more touchdown passes (16 yards to Adrian Arrington and 5 yards to Carson Butler) as the Michigan offense finally lived up to preseason expectations, putting up 21 points in the second half while marching up and down the field. Mike Hart rebounded from a tough first half to finish with 106 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, moving him in to second place on the all-time Michigan rushing list. Hart needs only 33 yards to pass Anthony Thomas for first place. meanwhile Chad Henne also set records on the field. With his first quarter touchdown pass he broke a tie with John Navarre for the most touchdown passes in Michigan football history, the Chad extended that record to 75 touchdowns with his second half passes to Arrington and Butler. For the day chad was an impressive 18-27 for 193 yards and three touchdowns, and he did not through an interception. Mallett finished 5-11 for 67 yards.
Although the offensive line struggled to make holes for Mike Hart in the first half, they improved as the game went on. More importantly they only allowed one sack of Ryan Mallett, and did not allow the Wildcat defense to touch Chad Henne. Yet again there was an injury to Michigan starting RG, as Tim McAvoy was hurt, but again a backup stepped in and played well, with junior Cory Zirbel stepping in on Saturday.
Michigan Defense vs. Northwestern Offense
Michigan continued their trend of playing poor defense in the first half Saturday, allowing Northwestern to put up 16 points and 323 yards in the first half. Michigan struggled against Northwestern's spread offense as C.J. Bacher picked the Michigan secondary apart while backup running back Omar Conteh gashed the defense. The score could have easily been worse, but the Michigan defense firmed up in the red zone, forcing Northwestern to settle for three field goals. nevertheless Michigan found themselves trailing 16-7 at the half.
In the second half the defense came out and played like they did last week against Penn State, as the shut out the Wildcats in the second half and held them to 94 yards, while forcing five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) and sacking C.J. Bacher five times. Senior linebacker Shawn Crable led the way for the Wolverines, recording 10 total tackles (5 for a loss), one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive end Tim Jamison also had a nice game, recording four tackles, a sack , and also getting an interception off a tipped pass that he returned for 37 yards.
Once again Michigan struggled on special teams. Kicker Jason Gingell missed two more field goals, one from 26 yards and the other from 39 yards. For the season Gingell has only made three of nine field goals, and has looked worse as the season goes on. On the bright side, sophomore punter Zoltan Mesko continued his excellent season as he averaged 44.5 yards on his six kicks, including a booming 60 yard punt. He also placed three of his kicks inside the 20 yard line. Once again Michigan had no return game to speak of, although there were no muffs this week.
Northwestern came out and marched up and down the field on the Michigan Defense, but the unit rebounded in the second half and came out playing with a chip on their shoulder. The offense finally clicked under Henne's leadership, and the team is now 2-0 in big ten play.
Total yards: Michigan 380, Northwestern 417
Turnovers: Michigan 0, Northwestern 5
Shawn Crable: 10 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack, FF, FR
Chad Henne: 193 yards, 3 tds, 0 interceptions
Player of the game
Chad Henne came back from his knee injury and played very well. He led Michigan on four scoring drives, and it would have been six if Michigan could kick a field goal. Honorable mention to Shawn Crable, who was all over the field wreaking havoc on the Northwestern offense.
Friday, September 28, 2007
While both teams are unranked with 2-2 records,
At Monday’s press conference, Lloyd Carr hinted that there was a possibility of Chad Henne returning to the starting lineup against Northwestern. Henne has been medically cleared, so now it just depends on when he feels ready to go. That being said, I expect Mallet to get the start against Northwestern with Henne being available if Mallet struggles. This is a good opportunity to get Mallet some game experience while also allowing Henne to get back to 100% before putting him back out on the field. Whichever quarterback starts, look for them to have success against a Wildcat secondary that ranks 10th in the Big 10 in Pass Defense and last with only two interceptions on the season.
Mike Hart enters the game 138 yards short of Anthony Thomas’s career rushing yardage record. While it would be nice to see him break this record at home next week, I don’t see the Northwestern defense holding Hart to his season low in rushing yardage. Ironically enough, Northwestern gives up 138.8 rushing yards per game. Hart is the nation’s leading rusher by over 100 yards with 655 yards on the year, an average of 164 per game. Tim McAvoy will most likely get the start at right guard with the injuries to Jeremy Ciulla and Alex Mitchell so look for even more of Mike Hart runs to the left side of the field. This also increases the odds from 97% to 99.9% that the first
Defensively for the Wildcats, it is possible that cornerback, Sherrick McManis might miss Saturday’s game with the concussion that he suffered last week against
Northwestern has struggled putting pressure on quarterbacks this year, ranking 10th in the Big 10 with just 4 sacks. For some perspective there, Brandon Graham has recorded 5 sacks just in the past two weeks. The
Northwestern will be much improved in this category with the return of RB, Tyrell Sutton from a sprained ankle, assuming he is 100%. Sutton was expected to play against
Junior quarterback C.J. Bacher is in his third year as the Wildcat starter and runs a spread offense that we all know has troubled this
Edge: Slight edge for Northwestern...
Amado Villarreal won the kicking job for Northwestern and is a perfect 4-4 for field goals with a long of 46 yards. He is also a perfect 10-10 on PAT’s. Punter Stefan Demos is averaging 36.8 yards per punt on the season. McManis was their lead kickoff returner, so if he is out look for Stephan Simmons, Simmons has only returned three kicks on the year, but one of those he took 99 yards for a touchdown.
Northwestern comes into this game off two straight bad losses against a Duke team that hadn’t won in its last 22 games and then a 58-7 demolition at the hands of
Player of the game: Mike Hart: 150 yards, 2 TDs
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
This game was perfect for the Big 10 Conference opener as it featured classic Big 10 football. Both coaches love physical, in-your-face, smashmouth football and that is exactly what they got on Saturday.
Michigan Offense vs Penn St. Defense
For the fourth consecutive week, Mike Hart led the Wolverine charge offensively. Hart rushed for 153 yards on a career high 44 carries. With freshman Ryan Mallet starting his second career game,
Mike Hart also did a tremendous job as a blocker. Even though he gave up a good 40 or 50 pounds to some of the blitzing linebackers, Hart met them all head on and did a great job buying more time for his freshman quarterback. When most people would get out of the way, Hart stepped up and picked up the blitzer. Hart also had a great block to seal the corner on Ryan Mallet’s 10 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. With his 153 yards, Hart is now 138 yards behind Anthony Thomas on the
Ryan Mallet struggled a little bit in the first half as he went 8-20 for 94 yards and threw an interception at the
Penn State Offense vs Michigan Defense
Anthony Morelli has been criticized throughout his whole career for being unable to win the big game. Saturday was his chance to prove those critics wrong, beat
Zoltan Mesko is putting together a great season averaging 42.3 yards per punt with 7 of his 19 punts landing inside the 20. Against
The Big House was rocking as for the first time all season the fans were treated to a competitive game against a division I-A team. The Maize Out went over pretty well, especially in the
Total Offensive Pays:
4th Quarter Time of Possession:
Mike Hart: 44 carries, 153 yards, TD
Brandon Graham: 3 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 fumble recovery
Jamar Adams: 8 tackles, .5 TFL, 5 passes broken up
Press Conference Notes:
· Chad Henne has been medically cleared to play, status is unknown for Northwestern
· Junior WR, LaTerryal
· Time and television has been announced for the
· With the loss,
Player of the Game:
Once again, it is Mike Hart who led the Wolverines to the upset victory with his career high 44 carries for 153 yards to go with some critical blocks along the way.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
An Ode To Mike Hart
An ode to Mike Hart!
He may be diminutive
But touchdowns galore
He fights off tackles
With the winged helmet on
He takes over games
He makes guarantees
And beats the nasty Irish
With his rushing yards
He drags defenders
In his wake. He bulldozes
On to victory.
The best running back
That all the students love
Mike Hart for Heisman
Friday, September 21, 2007
Now, as our own Stu Zaas stated in a previous post, this victory must be “taken with a grain of salt.” Notre Dame is a terrible team and will be lucky to win 3 games this season. Any team (such as Appalachian St.) could have rolled this team just like
Many college football fans saw this precise offensive-defensive match-up as one of the season’s premiere match-ups. While PSU still has one of the, if not the best, defenses in the nation,
Good new for Mallet,
Oh boy. What Michigan defense with show up-the one that forgets how to tackle, cannot cover a single man, and gets no pressure on the quarterback, or the one who held a team to -6 rush yards, forced 4 turnovers, and 8 sacks? We can’t see sure, but it should be more like the second one. The Wolverines return to the hard-hitting styles of Big 10 football and can be assured that
That being said, Anthony Morelli has minimized the mistakes he has made this season, with 8 TD passes and only one interception. He does not have a standout wide receiver to work with and has been able to spread the ball around to all his receivers. Granted, he has face 3 sub-par defenses, but some argue that
On the rushing side of things,
Slight Edge: PSU
Apart from the mighty
This will be PSU’s first “real” competition of the season (heftily defeating Notre Dame,
Player of the Game: Dan Conner, PSU LB – 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Les grew up in Ohio and attended the University of Michigan from 1972-1975, playing under Bo Schembechler as a two-time letterman on the O-line. He has since been assistant coach with U-M twice, first from 1980-82 under Bo and then from 1987-94 under both Bo and Gary Moeller. In between there, he coached for 5 years at the University of Colorado. From 1995-1997, he was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State University. He went from there to the NFL, serving as tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1998-2000. In 2001 he was hired as the head coach of Oklahoma State University.
Head Coaching experience:
In 4 years at Oklahoma State University, Les led the Cowboys to a record of 28-21, 3 bowl appearances, and upset victories over the rival Sooners twice with the Sooners ranked in the top 5. As unspectacular as the record and bowl appearances sound, remember that OSU was 13-20 with zero bowl appearances the 3 years before Les arrived. He was subsequently hired by the LSU Tigers in 2005 to replace the recently departed Nick Saban as head coach. In two seasons, Les Miles has done some spectacular things with a school that has never been very dominant in college football. He has taken the LSU Tigers to back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time in school history, while compiling a 22-4 record. He also can be credited with keeping the team strong through adversity in 2005 as the team lost a few home games and many loyal fans to the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Though Les Miles has put together a strong résumé, he still has not won at either stop with his own players. At OSU, you can make the claim that the players there weren’t much to begin with, but they had some good talent there including Rashaun Woods (one of the all-time best receivers in NCAA history). At LSU, he has taken the talent that Nick Saban stockpiled and turned it into neither a SEC championship nor a national title. His teams have won many games against top-10 competition but have also not shown up in big games, such as the 2005 SEC championship game, where they lost 34-14 against the lower-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
Les Miles has repeatedly said that he loves his current team and will not even consider any other team at this point in time. While that is very diplomatic and heart-warming to hear, I am of the belief that if your team has to put a buyout in your contract that specifies only one team, you must have let on something to them about your intentions should Michigan come knocking. The current buyout clause is $1.2 million, with the LSU AD Skip Bertman saying he will do whatever is necessary to keep Les Miles at LSU. While Les may be the top option should Lloyd leave, we should all be prepared to have him turn us down as LSU will do everything in its power to make sure they don’t lose a second head coach in 3 years when the higher prestige jobs in football come calling.
Lloyd Carr will step down as head coach, to leave Michigan football along with Hart, Henne, and Long. As hard as LSU will try to keep him, the opportunity to resurrect U-M football a la Bo Schembechler, his former coach, will be too much to pass on. Les Miles will return to the University of Michigan at the end of this year, with his wife (a fellow Michigan alumnus) and family in tow.
Monday, September 17, 2007
In a game that was reminiscent of last year’s defining victory, could
With Chad Henne out of action this week true freshman, Ryan Mallet got his first career start. While Mallet completed less than half of his passes, he did exactly what Coach Carr wanted out of his inexperienced quarterback. Three touchdowns and zero interceptions make us forget about the 46% completion percentage and only 90 yards passing. Mario Manningham, Adrian Arrington, and Greg Matthews each hauled in one touchdown pass. Mallet claims he “never get nervous” and maybe he was telling the truth. While he did make some mistakes none were particularly costly. One early criticism of Mallet has been his inability to put touch on his passes. In today’s press conference, Mike Hart talked about how Chad Henne was the same way (to a lesser extent) when he came in as a freshman. Henne learned that a screen pass and a 20 yard post route need to be thrown differently. With time, Mallet will learn to put more finesse on his shorter passes which will help lessen the number of drops by his receivers.
For the third week in a row, Mike Hart carried the offense on his broad shoulders to the tune of 35 carries for 187 yards. Hart came out of the game with the score 38-0 and about two minutes remaining in the third quarter and still managed to flirt with 200 yards for the second game this year. Also for the second time this year when the field goal/extra point unit was missing a lineman, Hart was the guy who came sprinting in off the bench. Thankfully a delay of game penalty was called before Hart had to block on the line. Hart’s 35 carries propelled him into second place on
Defensively, Notre Dame could not stop the
Notre Dame Offense vs
We had expected to see some spread looks from Notre Dame, but Quarterback Demetrius Jones surprised everyone by not showing up for bus to
Jason Gingell started off the Wolverine scoring with his lone field goal of the day, a 39 yarder. Gingell was also a perfect 5-5 on the day for PATs. Zoltan Mesko punted four times for an average of 40 yards per punt. Greg Matthews returned 5 punts with an average of 6 yards per return. Notre Dame punter Geoff Price punted seven times for an average of 43 yards. With the
Well, the Wolverines didn’t have to worry about any boos reining down on the field with the way the game went from the opening Notre Dame drive.
Ryan Mallet – 7/15; 90 yards; 3 TD; 0 INT; 0 sacks
Mike Hart – 35 carries; 187 yards; 2 TD (In less than 3 quarters of play)
Brandon Graham – 4 tackles; 3.5 sacks; 1 forced fumble
Shawn Crable – 5 tackles; 4 tackles for a loss; 2 sacks
Jimmy Clausen – 11/17; 0 TD; 74 yards; 1 INT; 8 sacks
Jimmy Clausen – 9 carries; -65 yards; 2 fumbles
Press Conference Tidbits:
From the Monday, 9/17 press conference:
· Johnny Sears who did not play against Notre Dame and was not present at the game has been dismissed from the team. Lloyd Carr declined to comment further on this development, other than to confirm that Sears is no longer on the team.
· Junior Hemmingway missed Saturday’s game due to an unspecified injury. He is expected to be available against
· Brian Wright suffered a minor injury against Notre Dame. He is also expected to play on Saturday
· While Chad Henne is not listed on the depth chart, Lloyd Carr labeled his injury status “Day-to-Day.” Carr confirmed that Henne’s injury is a sprain and said Henne’s status would depend on how he felt throughout the week.
· Russell Crowe flew in from
· Most of the players on hand declined to disclose any of the words of wisdom that Crowe shared with the team before the game. Mike Hart said that Crowe basically told the team that he didn’t fly all the way from
So is who are the real Michigan Wolverines? Is it the team that started 0-2 losing to
Player of the Game:
Mike Hart – 35 attempts; 187 yards; 2 TD
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This season has certainly not lived up to the pre-season hype that surrounded the program a mere month ago. The offense has been the most disappointing, with the amount of experienced talent returning many though the Michigan offense would make its way through opposing defenses like a hot knife through butter. Not to be outdone the defense has taken the form of a sieve and has shown that they can't stop anything allowing over 600 yards against Oregon.
So it is 0-2 Michigan vs 0-2 Notre Dame, hey someone has to win, why not us?
Michigan Offense vs Notre Dame Defense
Last week the Michigan offense moved the the ball with ease in the first half accumulating over 300 yards. The only problem is that all those yards only equaled 7 points on the scoreboard. In both games the offense has been able to move, they just can't seem to finish and the worst part is that they are doing it to themselves. Interceptions, fumbles, missed field goals, penalties, and sacks have all taken points off the board for Big Blue. The thing is, if you thought the offense was bad with Henne at the helm it is about to get much worse with Mallett taking over this week. Mallett showed one thing to me Saturday, that he has a rocket launcher attached to his shoulder. Many times he would fire to his man and it would fly through the hands of his receivers, he has to learn to put touch on his throws. Mallett was the typical young freshmen quarterback Saturday, locking on to one receiver, and forcing the ball into double and triple coverage. I believe that Mallett will be better this Saturday because he will be taking all the snaps in practice and playing with the first team, but expect a shortened play book, which now might be at most, one page in length.
Which brings us to Mike Hart. With Henne going down Hart will have to carry an heavier role to bail out his young QB. Also add to the fact that Mike shot his mouth off after the Oregon game guaranteeing a victory over the Irish, I look for Mike to have a monster of a day Saturday. With a young QB the receivers are going to have to step up their game. Arrington, Manningham, and Matthews will all have to run their routes crisper, and have no drops if Michigan is going to move the football.
The Notre Dame defense hasn't been stopping anyone. They surrendered 33 points at home against an average Georgia Tech team, and then gave up 31 points at Penn State. This is also pretty much the same defense that Michigan torched for 47 points last year in South Bend, but remember, no Chad Henne to hit Mario on those double move routes he killed the Irish with all afternoon last year. This Notre dame unit may not be talented, but they do have experience and that could make the difference going against a young QB, if I were the Irish I would blitz Mallett every single down and make him beat me. In the end Carr and DeBord will not expose Mallett and will call for short 5-10 yard routes by their wide receivers with an occasional play action pass deep to Mario. However, this will be the Mike Hart show look for him to get nearly 30 carries and near that 200 yard mark.
Edge: Slight Edge Michigan.
Michigan Defense vs. Notre Dame Offense
This could be described as the unmovable object (Notre Dame's offense) vs the unstoppable force (the Michigan Defense). If you thought Michigan's offense has been bad Notre Dame's has been down right woeful. The offense has yet to score a touchdown, they have currently run for a total of -4 yards and Jimmy Clausen is 21 of 38 for 178 yards, zero TD's and one interception. Add to that the fact that the offensive line cannot run block, they also can't pass protect as Clausen was under pressure the entire night at Penn State. Now, this would normally mean that the opposing defense has the edge in this match up but this is the Michigan defense we are talking about who has been able to get zero pressure from their front four, has not been able to stop a running back, and has made every quarterback they have gone up against this year look like a Heisman Trophy candidate.
Now I do not think this defense is as bad as it has looked these past two games. Michigan has gone up against two teams who run on offense, and run it very well, that Michigan has not been able to stop. Ever. You can go back to Stewart coming into Michigan Stadium with Colorado and running over the Michigan defense. The Hail Marry pass gets all the attention but what gets forgotten is on the previous play Stewart ran for a first down on 4th and about 20. After that you can look at McNabb who ran over UM, along with Jeff Smoker, and of course Troy Smith. Luckily for UM Clausen if not known for his escapability. Like Notre Dame's defense, Michigan should blitz Clausen on every single down and force Clausen into making mistakes and giving Mallet a short field to work with. Notre Dame would be smart to spread Michigan out going 4 or 5 wide and force Michigan into a dime defense where they could pick on any number of Michigan CB's. In the end though I gotta believe that Michigan will respond facing a somewhat conventional offense.
Edge: Slight Edge Michigan.
Michigan Special Teams vs Notre Dame Special Teams
Jason Gingell has looked good...on extra points, field goals on the other hand have been an adventure. How many of you wanted Rivas gone again? First the protection was bad against App State, then Gingell couldn't make a kick with the protection against the Ducks. Mesko has looked good...when he isn't trying to pin someone inside the 20 yard line. Notre Dame's kicker on the other hand leads the team in points with 7! Brandon Walker is 2 for 2 in field goals and 1-1 in extra points. Michigan would be good to give Wright a chance to kick field goals, whats the worst that could happen? You don't score 3 points, not like we haven't seen that this year. Michigan's coverage has been awful has it normally is, and with more kick returns because of kicking from the 30 that is not good news. On the flip side Michigan's return game isn't anything to talk about either. Sears, Minor, Brown, and Hemingway have all field punts and kick offs with zero success, well, if they hang on to the ball we consider that a success.
Edge: Notre Dame
With a 3:30 start Michigan and Notre Dame fans will have plenty of time to console each other prior to kickoff. I would say Michigan has home field advantage, but do they really? The Big House is 0-2 this year and Notre Dame is coming off a night white out game at Penn State, which I attended last year and it is an unbelievable atmosphere, Notre Dame and Clausen won't be fazed coming into Michigan Stadium after that. The mood will also favor Notre Dame as I can only imagine the Boos that are ready to rain down from the stands after ANY Michigan mistake, the home crowd could turn on the Wolverines in a heartbeat.
Edge: Notre Dame
The Battle of the Super Recruit Quarterbacks starts one year before anyone thought it would with Mallett starting for the injured Henne. This could end up being one of the most boring Michigan/Notre Dame games of all time. Both offenses will struggle to move the ball with young quarterbacks and both defenses should blitz all day long, it might come down to who doesn't make the big mistake and takes care of the football. i don't believe this Michigan team is as bad as they have shown. It is obvious they are no where near the team everyone thought they were but I can't see them staying this pathetic the entire year.
Score: Michigan 17. Notre Dame 7
Player of the Game: Mike Hart 30 carries, 210 yards, 2 TDs
-Tony Bolton, WCBN Sports Director.
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Monday, September 10, 2007
I would also like to take this time to keep you up to date on our other broadcasts. This Friday starting at 7 pm we will preview the Michigan/Notre Dame football game. Then, at the bottom of the hour we will go live to Cliff Keen Arena where the #10 ranked womens volleyball team will take on Temple. We estimate the match will end at 9 pm where we will continue our discussion on the game against The Fighting Irish.
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-Tony Bolton WCBN Sports Director
Friday, September 7, 2007
Ok, so last week happened. It’s over, done with and now that the stories about the shocking upset wind down and the how hot is Lloyd Carr’s seat talk are coming to an end, it’s time for another game. Yes, that’s right;
Let’s start with the worst performing unit from last week for the Wolverines.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game the question looms, which
For the Wolverines, kick protection is something that needs to be fixed up immediately. Having a first year kicker is worrisome enough, there’s no excuse for not being allowing two blocked field goals from an Appalachian State line that was give up an average of 20 lbs. Lloyd Carr blamed both of last week’s blocked kicks on poor protection, not low kicks from Jason Gingell (which by the way is pronounced Gin-Gel. Gin, like the drink that would help you forget about the fact that the winningest football team of all time, Michigan lost to a Division IAA opponent and then gel, as in, “I sure hope that the Michigan field goal protection unit gelled during this week of practice) Gingell did knock both kicks that went unblocked through the uprights, so we can’t fault him too much on his debut. It is also worth noting in regards to Michigan’s field goal protection that on Gingell’s first attempt, after some confusion on the sidelines, only 10 players were lined up for the snap. Mike Hart who was still out of the game with the injured thigh tried running on to line up at the last minute. Here’s hoping that we don’t see any of that this weekend. Zoltan Mesko had another great game punting the ball, averaging 48.7 yards on three punts, including a long of 56 yards.
Johnny Sears had difficulty holding onto the football while returning punts and kicks last week, however when he was able to catch the ball he showed some glimpses of why he’s the man back there along with Brandon Minor.
The Ducks special teams are led by junior kicker Matt Evensen as well as true freshman Daniel Padilla. Evensen was 2-2 on field goals last week vs
The return game for the Ducks is led by running back Jonathon Stewart who averaged 34 yards per return last Saturday including a long of 44 yard. Patrick Chung returns punts and he also had a pretty good day against
As if the Wolverines needed any extra motivation following last week’s loss to Appalachian State, the Wolverines plummeted from #5 to out of the rankings in both the Coaches and AP Polls.