Snap counts, PFF grades that stood out from Michigan’s victory over Maryland
Michigan’s football team posted its second-highest point total of the season Saturday, routing Maryland 59-18 in College Park. Overall, Michigan received an overall grade of 76.3 (out of 100) from Pro Football Focus. With that said, here are Michigan snap counts from Saturday’s win and key takeaways from PFF’s grades. However, his overall grade was only a 78.0, largely because he received a dismal 9.1 mark in pass blocking. Even after an off game, Ojabo ranks third on the Wolverines’ defense this season with an overall grade of 84.5.mlive.com
Michigan’s Hutchinson, Ojabo continue their reign of terror on opposing QBs
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Just when you thought Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo couldn’t do any more, they turn in *that* kind of performance. In total, the Wolverines compiled a season-high seven sacks; three of them by Hutchinson, who set a new single-game career high, and two from Ojabo. “Those were havoc plays by the defense,” said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who himself lost track of the count. We made a lot of plays.”More: Overheard outside the locker room: No flinching vs. Penn StateWhile Michigan’s defense lived in the backfield on Saturday, it opened the door to big plays. “He knew we were coming,” said Hutchinson, named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award for nation’s best lineman.mlive.com
Michigan’s David Ojabo soars up Mel Kiper’s 2022 NFL Draft prospect rankings
Michigan senior defensive end Aidan Hutchinson moved up one spot from Kiper’s last rankings in October, checking in at No. “Ojabo has been one of the most impressive newcomers in the country this season,” Kiper wrote. “We learned about him when we first got here,” Michigan first-year defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald said of Ojabo on Wednesday. “In the preseason, I led off my write-up on the Michigan edge rusher with ‘I think Hutchinson could have a big year,’” Kiper wrote. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan pass-rushers David Ojabo, Aidan Hutchinson have Penn State’s attention
Penn State head coach James Franklin is well aware of the problems Michigan pass-rushers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo have presented for opposing offenses this season. “Been impressed with how they’re playing on defense,” Franklin said Tuesday of Michigan. “I think it really starts with their two defensive ends: David Ojabo who we know very well, went to the same high school as (PSU defensive end) Jayson Oweh. “I mean, you watch that Michigan State game, both of those defensive ends showed up with with huge plays. “That’s what we kind of emphasize -- if we do our parts, and the D linemen do their job and vice versa, it’s a lot easier on us,” Michigan defensive back Daxton Hill said.mlive.com
Snap counts, PFF grades that stood out from Michigan’s win vs. Indiana
Michigan’s football team is 8-1 after downing Indiana 29-7 on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Defensively, they held Indiana 195 yards, including just 53 in the second half. PFF grades every player on every play in multiple facets of the game, such as passing, rushing, receiving, pass blocking, run defense, etc. With that said, here are Michigan snap counts and key takeaways from PFF’s grades from Saturday’s win. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan changed its defensive game plan for Indiana, and it worked
The Wolverines made sure that didn’t happen again during Saturday’s 29-7 win against Indiana. The move appeared to pay off as Michigan held Indiana to 195 yards of offense, including just 53 in the second half. “He had a big package in this week in the game plan. Outside linebacker David Ojabo and defensive end Taylor Upshaw each recorded a sack, while defensive end Aidan Hutchinson recorded four of the team’s nine quarterback hurries. He’s somebody you really have to account for, his ability to rush the passer and also adding the other parts to his game.mlive.com
Overheard outside Michigan’s locker room: Wolverines embrace new mentality
“We were preaching that all week, because, obviously, what happened last week (against) Michigan State -- that’s out of our control. I don’t know if it’s mild, but it’s somewhere less than serious. Aidan (Hutchinson), Ojabo, (Taylor) Upshaw and others, they got to the quarterback multiple times.”- Harbaugh on Michigan’s pass rush. It was great to see him have another good game.”- Harbaugh on Michigan’s red-zone offense. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan stock report: Hassan Haskins takes advantage of increased role vs. Indiana
ANN ARBOR – Michigan remained alive in the Big Ten East with a 29-7 victory over Indiana on Saturday. The senior made the most of the added workload, totaling a career-high yards 168 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. He also had a key 20-yard reception that set up Michigan first-and-goal in the second quarter. He had a sack in the second quarter and then blew up a run play in the backfield on a third-and-2 in the fourth quarter. But he received the most playing time he has all season against Indiana and had a solid game with four tackles.mlive.com
‘We’re moving on.’ Michigan quickly pivots to must-win game vs. Indiana
Can’t blame; can’t point no fingers. More: TE Erick All slowed in practice ahead of Indiana game“We’re moving on,” offensive lineman Zak Zinter said. Players and coaches reviewed the film earlier in the week and plan to make the necessary adjustments moving forward. Michigan could still win the Big Ten’s East Division but will need to finish the season 11-1 and MSU to lose twice. “Last year, we took a loss and it affected us going into the next week,” Zinter said.mlive.com
Replay reviews don’t go Michigan’s way in agonizing loss to Michigan State
But the Wolverines fared poorly against Michigan State in a stat not found in the box score: They were 0-for-6 on replay reviews. With 1:31 left in the second quarter, Michigan’s David Ojabo sacked Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne at the Spartan three-yard line, forcing a fumble in the process. Aidan Hutchinson dove on the ball in the end zone and the referees signaled a Michigan touchdown. Both resulted in Michigan State completions. The final replay was deployed early in the fourth quarter, after Michigan State had tied the game at 30 with a successful two-point conversion.mlive.com
3 PFF grades that stood out from Michigan’s win vs. Wisconsin
PFF grades every player on every play in multiple facets of the game, such as passing, rushing, receiving, pass blocking, run defense, etc. With that in mind, here are three takeaways from PFF’s grades of Michigan’s win over Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Michigan’s defense arguably had its best game of the year, holding Wisconsin to 210 yards and forcing seven three-and-outs. Hutchinson and Ojabo received the two highest grades on Michigan’s defense against Rutgers and replicated that against Wisconsin, earning a 90.2 and 89.9, respectively. Stueber was Michigan’s most experienced lineman heading into this season, and he has been playing like it through five games.mlive.com
Michigan’s David Ojabo earns Big Ten player of the week honors
A stout defensive performance on Saturday earned Michigan linebacker David Ojabo player of the week honors from the Big Ten. Ojabo, whose seven-tackle, 2 1/2-sack, one forced-fumble game paced the Wolverines’ defense in a 38-17 win over Wisconsin, was named co-defensive player of the week by the conference on Monday. It was the first weekly honor for Ojabo, who has emerged this season as Michigan’s second starter at outside linebacker opposite Aidan Hutchinson. The Big Ten honor was Michigan’s second weekly player nod this season, with Ojabo joining running back Blake Corum (Sept. 13). Other Big Ten honorees this week:Offensive player of the week — RB Chase Brown (Illinois)Special teams players of the week — Jordan Stout (Penn State) and Mark Crawford (Minnesota)Freshman of the week — QB C.J.mlive.com
Michigan football earns massive win at Wisconsin, but not all questions have been answered
College football fans can squabble about the strength of this year’s Wisconsin team all they want, but that won’t change the fact that Michigan just earned perhaps the most impressive win of the Jim Harbaugh era.
Michigan’s defense flashes another, ‘relentless’ gear vs. Wisconsin
Saturday’s 38-17 win at Wisconsin was just another example of that jump, with the Wolverines posting a season-high six sacks and three additional quarterback hurries. “Mike and the entire defensive staff — they were really dialed in this whole game,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said afterward. We did a very good job play-calling and executing.”Michigan’s defense forced Wisconsin into four straight three-and-outs to start the game, buying enough time for the offense to strike first and build a two-score lead. It was a whole new side of a Michigan defense that developed a bend-but-not-break identity through the first four games. They don’t flinch’Stock report: Pass rush soars in win vs. Wisconsin_______________________Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan stock report: Pass rush soars in win vs. Wisconsin
Michigan passed its first road test of the season, dominating Wisconsin 38-17 Saturday to remain unbeaten. The sophomore wideout had a team-high six catches for 81 yards, including a highlight-reel 38-yard grab in the third quarter that set up a J.J. McCarthy touchdown run. Michigan’s offensive lineThe line kept the pocket clean for Michigan’s quarterbacks for most of the game and did not allow a sack against Wisconsin’s vaunted pass rush. The Wolverines averaged just 2.5 yards per rush but totaled 112 yards on the ground. Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
Michigan’s defense bends but doesn’t break in win vs. Rutgers
It was tested until the final couple minutes in Saturday’s 20-13 victory over Rutgers at Michigan Stadium. With the Wolverines’ offense scuffling in the second half, the Scarlet Knights had seized momentum, cutting a 20-3 halftime deficit to 20-13 with 14:09 remaining. Rutgers had three more possessions to trim into Michigan’s lead but came away empty on all three. Rutgers took advantage of a seemingly tired Michigan defense, slashing and dashing its way down field primarily on the ground. Two I can think of, one right before the half and the other one in the second half.mlive.com
How to watch Michigan vs. Rutgers: TV channel, kickoff time, live stream
Michigan and Rutgers kick off Big Ten play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Game InformationWho: Michigan Wolverines (3-0) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-0)When: 3:30 p.m.Where: Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Michigan)Twitter: Aaron McMann, Ryan Zuke, Andrew KahnLive updates: Follow along at mlive.com/wolverinesPoint spread: Michigan -20.5How to WatchTV Network: ABC (Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Molly McGrath)Streaming-only options:Watch & DVR College Football Live | fuboTV: Stream live TV with ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN & top channels without cable. WatchESPN | Hulu + Live TV | Sling | YouTube TVMajor cable providers:Comcast: Channel 65/256 (HD) | StreamingSpectrum: Channel 45/778 (HD) | StreamingDish: Channel 410 | StreamingDIRECTV: Channel 610 | Streaming*Channel numbers listed are for Michigan subscribers and may change by geographic area. But after an impressive 3-0 start, there appears to be some validity to those sentiments. *Rutgers is off to a 3-0 start, but does it have a legitimate shot at pulling off an upset Saturday?mlive.com
Nigeria-born, Scotland-raised, Michigan football LB continues remarkable rise
A Blair student one year older, Odafe Jayson Oweh, also of Nigerian descent, had just made a switch from hoops to football. Like Oweh, Ojabo “was also tall and strong and a freak athlete,” according to Saylor, who spoke to MLive via phone this week. Forgot not having played football; Ojabo had barely watched it on TV. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked this week about coaching players with limited football experience. In addition to Ojabo, Michigan has defensive lineman Julius Welschof, a former skier from Germany who didn’t start playing football until high school.mlive.com
Michigan’s new-look defense: Different fronts, disguises in Week 1
Chaos reigned supreme on Saturday in Michigan’s 47-14 win over Western Michigan, a game in which the Wolverines flashed multiple different looks, fronts and coverages under their first-year defensive coordinator. “We needed to show some different looks; we needed to disguise some coverages. With Macdonald, a former assistant coach with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, disguises and different looks were the name of the game. Instead, Michigan now has to worry about opponents over the middle — an area Western Michigan took advantage of early. Western Michigan had very little film to work with ahead of time — giving Michigan an inherent advantage with its defense.mlive.com
Michigan football pregame: Zak Zinter not starting along offensive line?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The scene outside Michigan Stadium reminds me of years past. Inside the stadium, Michigan’s football team has taken the field. There have been rumors about banged up players along the offensive line, which would explain why the coaching staff has remained so coy about starters. Zak Zinter was in uniform and present early on wit ha club on his right hand, leaving in doubt his eligibility. Look for Ojabo and Taylor Upshaw to split time there; Michigan is going to do everything it can to deploy Hutchinson.mlive.com
25 players on Michigan football roster who got scholarship offers from Minnesota
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There are 25 players on the Michigan football roster who received scholarship offers from Minnesota during their recruiting processes. TE Erick AllRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. OL Karsen BarnhartRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. HenningRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. DL Luiji VilainRecruiting profile: 4-star, No.
MVJ award: Which Michigan football jersey number duo will be most valuable this season?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Which pair of Michigan football players who share a jersey number will unite to be the most valuable this season? This year’s roster, with the new rule in place, has 45 duos who will wear the same jersey number. Some of the Michigan jersey number duos contain players who will contribute on different sides of the ball. 1: Both players must wear a jersey number for the entire season for their stats to qualify in favor of said jersey number. Other eligible duosHere are all the other jersey number duos listed on the 2020 Michigan football roster, as of Oct. 16.
Defensive line could make or break Michigan football season against quarterback-loaded schedule
Unfortunately, the defensive line wasn’t a strength for Michigan a year ago. Even though the schedule is shorter this season, Michigan won’t avoid the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten. Look no further than the 2019 recruiting class to find the X-factors for this defensive line. Beyond Hinton and Smith, the rest of the defensive line depth is hard to project. Beyond Hutchinson and Paye, the defensive line could very well be a weakness for Michigan, and that would be a crippling blow to a young defense.
Jim Harbaugh says these 11 true freshmen will get early playing time for Michigan football
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan football got very little help from its freshman class last season, but according to head coach Jim Harbaugh, at least 11 true freshmen will contribute early in the 2019 season. He's going to play and work into that safety position, but he's really done extremely well." Receivers Cornelius Johnson, Giles Jackson will be playing both special teams and then working their way into the receiver position." Turner has been really good playing in special teams," Harbaugh said. He's going to be very good and playing."
Michigan football roster: Jersey numbers revealed for 25 scholarship freshmen
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches his team warm up before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan updated its online football roster Monday, revealing numbers for 25 true freshmen who were members of the 2019 recruiting class that ranked No. Here are the jersey numbers for the 25 scholarship players, according to the team's official website:3. RB Zach Charbonnet30. OL Zach Carpenter58.