ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan’s second drive was a tone setter in Saturday’s 31-0 dismantling of No. 22 BYU. A drive filled with big plays executed to perfection, and ultimately laying out the blueprint for U-M’s offensive success throughout the game.
Tight end Khalid Hill is a prime example of a beneficiary in U-M’s second drive. He caught double fake pass, before QB Jake Rudock found him wide open for a 19 yard reception to BYU’s 1. A play that U-M has been working on extensively and broke open on Saturday, said Hill.
“Something we’ve been keeping under wrap,” Hill said. “”We’ve been working on it in practice. Coach designed it perfectly. We knew it was going to happen. He called it at the right time. We caught them. The middle of the field was wide open. I just took what I could and got as far as I could.”
Hill, who finished with two catches for 39 yards, said U-M’s offensive philosophy is about getting everyone involved and doing their part. That was evident in Saturday’s win, with nine different Wolverines notching a catch.
“Pretty much, every guy has to do their job,” Hill said. “That’s what our offense is, every man doing their job. We’re finally clicking together as a unit. We just want to keep getting better every week. We beat a good team today. We knew form the jump, they were going to be a tough team to play.
“Coach is giving everybody opportunity, that’s what I feel like he is doing,” Hill said. “He’s just not focusing on one guy, he wants to give everyone an opportunity to make a play or change the game. Once you get that opportunity to make a play, you got to make it.”
And being a tight end in Coach Jim Harbaugh’s offense isn’t a bad thing either, says Hill.
“It’s a good thing, it show coach Harbaugh is trying to get everybody the ball,” Hill said U-M’s tight end play. “He’s trying to get you in a spot to make a play. You have to make the play. It’s up to you.”
“It feels good to know your coach believes in you, he believes in you to make a play. It’s not just focusing on one, ‘I want to get that one guy the ball.’ It’s ‘Ok, we’re going to spread it out and everyone is going to get their chance to make a play.’ When you get that shot, you got to make that play.”
Michigan (3-1) next plays at Maryland (2-2) this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.