Rob Report: Michigan

HN.com Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in with news and notes from Iowa's 20-6 loss at the Big House on Saturday. This week's package includes a travel list, an injury report, an irritated Coach Ferentz from the postgame and more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

All Dressed Up: Iowa players who were in uniform for the Michigan game.

QB - Tate, Christiensen, Manson,

RB - Brownlee, Ch. Davis, Young, Sims, McLoughlin, Brown, Williams

WR - Grigsby, Bowman, Brodell, Christian, Stross

TE - Chandler, Blum, Myers, Moeaki, Majerus, Sabers

OL - Yanda, Olsen, Narinskiiy, Elgin, Eubanks, Jones, Kuempel, Doering, Meade, Bruggeman, Calloway, Richardson, Aeschliman,

DL - Kanellis, Bain, Mattison, Kroul, Jackson, Ewen, Clayborn, King, Geary

LB - Miles, Angerer, Gattas, Gabelmann, Klineknborg, Humpal, McGrath, Edds.

DB - Merrick, Paschal, Shade, Godfrey, Fletcher, Wilson, Dalton, Rowell, Greenwood, Gardner, Edwards

ST - Fenstermaker, Huntrods, Olzstra, Signor, Schlicher,

INJURY UPDATE: Starting DT Mitch King did not start for a second straight game after injuring his leg against Purdue. He entered the contest at the end of the first quarter.

Rafael Eubanks returned from a two-game absence, returning to his starting C spot. LT Dace Richardson missed his first game with an ankle injury suffered at Indiana last week. He did dress. Marshal Yanda moved to LT, Seth Olsen switched to RT and Mike Elgin went back to RG.

RB Albert Young did not start for a third week in a row, but entered the game in the second quarter.

CB Adam Shada limped off of the field in the first half with an apparent right ankle injury. He limped out of the locker room in a boot and Ferentz said X-rays were negative but he didn't expect him back next week.

RB Shonn Greene and DE Kenny Iwebema did not make the trip because of injury. Iwebema was a shoulder, Ferentz said.

FS Marcus Paschal started his first game since Ohio State.

FB Champ Davis headed to the sidelines with a leg injury in the first half. Ferentz said Davis sprained his knee.

Tate injured his left hand. No word on the X-rays.

HANGING IN THERE: The Michigan defense line and blitzing linebackers connected with Drew Tate throughout the contest a week after knocking Penn State's top two signal callers out of the game.

The first real hit came when LB David Harris crashed into Tate, knocking the QB to the turf and knocking the hand warmer off of his waist. Tate was slow getting to his feet and asked officials for a hit to the head penalty.

Tate injured his left thumb while being sacked in the first quarter. Trainers wrapped the digit and Tate played on.

HEALTHY SIGN: Tate, who has been known to light up his teammates in frustration, handled true freshman receiver Dominique Douglas calmly when the first-year player dropped a pass in the first half. Tate ran up to his wideout like he was going to bark, but patted Douglas on the behind as the returned to the huddle.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Norm Parker unloaded his arsenal on defense. The coordinator ran 3-4, dime and nickel packages.

In the 3-4, Parker installed Mattison Kroul and King with Fletcher and Edds on one series. Later, Gabelmann played the extra LB spot with Edwards being the nickel back when Shada was sidelined.

On a first and goal, Parker had Mattison and Ewen inside with Bain and Kanellis on the outside up front. Norm used so many different personnel packages, it was tough to keep up at times.

Pat Angerer also lined up at rush end on a nickel.

NOBODY INNOCENT: On a penalty in the first half, the officials called the entire Iowa offensive line for a false start. Center Rafael Eubanks missed the snap count and held the ball while the other four linemen moved backwards.

HEATED KIRK: The Iowa head coach strongly disagreed with a reporter who asked if this was the first time Iowa showed up with a full effort all season. In fact, the coach seemed a little jumpy throughout the post-game interview. He really stuck up for Tate when someone asked how the coach thought his senior played.

When asked what the rest of the season held for his Hawkeyes, the coach said they controlled their own destiny. If Iowa wins out, the Cap One bowl is a real possibility. Reps from that bowl milled around the Iowa locker room after the game.

EXTRA POINTS: Tom Busch showed up on punt coverage and impacted the coverage team…the teams combined for 27 first-half rushing yards…On the touchdown run by Hart, Paschal got caught up playing a run to the right and couldn't recover when the runner cut back…Michigan held a slim 15:13-14:47 advantage in TOP in the first half. The home team finished with a 34:23-25:37 margin…Iowa converted just 3 of 13 third down opportunities to Michigan's 6 of 15...The Wolverines ran 12 more offensive plays than Iowa…Merrick, Godfrey and Miles led the Hawkeyes with nine tackles apiece. Klinkenborg and Paschal each delivered seven stops.


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