ANN ARBOR - The Michigan football team held its annual Spring Game on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. On a chilly, drizzly day at the Big House, for the first time in years, it was the defense that stole the show in the final spring practice.
Matching 1 vs 1's, etc.., the offense found the end zone just twice on the day. Mike Cox, who finished with approximately 82 yards on four carries, scored on the second possession, a 58-yard gallop to pay dirt, and, late in the contest, Devin Gardner connected on a deep touchdown pass with receiver Je'Ron Stokes.
The story of the day, though, was defense.
Featuring a four man front of Craig Roh, Mike Martin, Will Campbell and Jibreel Black, the Wolverines flustered quarterbacks Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner. On the day the two quarterbacks combined to complete just 10-of-24 passes for 170 yards. The two also had two picks, plus another called back by apenalty, and just one score.
Senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergan, a returning starter from 2010, missed the annual game after a minor injury suffered on Thursday.
Safety Carvin Johnson and linebacker Jake Ryan nothced interceptions in the game, Ryan's going for six points the other direction. Ryan was also credited for a pair of sacks from his linebacker position.
Field goal kickers struggled on the afternoon for the Wolverines, much like in 2010. Seth Broekhuizen missed from 30-yards on the first possession of the game, and Brendan Gibbons rang one off the left post from 48-yards out later in the contest.
Will Hagerup punted twice for approximately 40-yards per punt.
Defense Dominates Spring Game
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