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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan offense once again was aided by efficiency both on the ground and through the air in its 38-0 victory over Northwestern on Saturday.
It was a collective running game effort once again which led the way for the Wolverines, who amassed over 200 yards on the ground on Saturday. U-M was also aided by the return of running back De'Veon Smith as well who injured his ankle against BYU, he said after the game on Saturday that he had a sprain.
Despite begging Harbaugh to play last week, the coaching staff held him out of play.
"I was physically in a position to play if we needed to," Smith said. "Coach Harbaugh told me, 'we didn't need you this week so sit out and get healthy.' It definitely hurt not being there to help my team."
Smith added that having an extra week off helped him get his legs back a little bit as well. In the wake of Smith easing back into things, it's also given the opportunity for freshman Karan Higdon to earn playing time by burning his redshirt.
Someone, Smith says, showed a lot of promise during practice.
"Karan is a very good player," Smith said. "He's young, all the running backs try to coach him up on little points. He's learning as the year goes on, he's impressive every day during practice."
With the U-M offense rolling right now, the other side of the ball is stampeding. With a one-two punch, a one-two-three punch including special teams if you will, there's a reason why U-M sits at a 5-1 record. Something Smith says both sides compliment each other really well.
"I feel like our offense definitely compliments our defense a lot," Smith said. "Because the defense wouldn't be getting shutouts without us taking care of the ball and taking time off the clock. We compliment our defense enough to where they feel in confident in us, believe in us."