Smith Credits Offensive Line For Big Day

Coming off a 122-yard rushing performance De'Veon Smith gives all the credit to his offensive line.

EVANSTON, Ill. – With Michigan’s offense sputtering, the Wolverines needed a spark, and today they got one from running back De’Veon Smith.

The sophomore shouldered the load of the U-M offense in the second-half, leading the Wolverines with 18 carries for 122-yards – including a 34-yard long – and one touchdown in Michigan’s 10-9 win over Northwestern Saturday at Ryan field.

And while Smith was one of the few bright spots in otherwise inept offensive performance by both teams, a game that was tied 0-0 at halftime. And yet, he still gave credit to his offensive line, a unit that has been criticized for their inconsistent play all season.

“The offensive line is making holes for us,” Smith said. “And we’re hitting the holes. All the credit goes out to them really. That’s the only reason we’re getting the yards we’re getting these past two weeks. I give a shout out to them.”

As far as getting over 100-yards rushing, a general measuring stick of success for running backs, Smith modestly replied.

“I mean, I’m happy for it,” Smith said. “It’d always a good feeling to rush over a 100-yards. But I wouldn’t be able to do it without them or my wide receivers blocking for me.”

Modest or not, his effort is appreciated.

“He’s tough to bring down,” redshirt junior center Jack Miller said.“A lot of times if we can get to the pile when he’s still up, there is an extra two or three yards there every time. He’s runs hard and he won’t go down without a fight. It’s awesome for us.”

Yes it is.

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