ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Running a balanced attack, Rutgers offensive system has the full attention of U-M senior linebacker Desmond Morgan, as the Wolverines No.2-ranked defense prepare for the Scarlet Knights on Saturday.
“They are a team that tries to run the ball definitely, and effectively,” Morgan says of Rutgers, who average 174.6 rushing and 184.0 yards passing per game. “They have the ability to make some explosive plays, speedy wide receivers, and things like that. So we have to be good with our eyes, no question, and be able to stop the run up front.”
No. 16 Michigan (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) will play host to Rutgers (3-5) this Saturday at 3:30 pm.
When asked if revenge will play a factor in this years game, Morgan says U-M isn’t looking at past performances for motivation, in stead they are focused at the game at hand.
“Last year is last year,” Morgan says of U-M’s 26-24 loss at Rutgers. “I mean, you are always aware of who won and lost to. But it’s a new year, new team. We’re just focused every Saturday going out and getting a win.”
When Michigan defeated Minnesota last Saturday, 29-26, the Wolverines became bowl eligible after missing the post-season in 2014 with a 5-7 record.
“Anytime you get a win, it’s a good win. Anytime you become bow eligible, it’s an accomplishment. That’s the goal, to the play in the post-season, to go as far as possible,” Morgan says. “But we obviously want to win some more games here to move up in some of these bowl opportunities presented to us. So we’re going to keep trying to win.”
Big Ten Championship Possibility
Michigan has upcoming contests with Rutgers, (at) Indiana, (at) Penn Sate and Ohio State, and still has an outside chance of winning the Big Ten East Division, says Morgan, however, he admits they will need some help down the stretch run to have a chance.
“That’s been our goal from day one,” Morgan says when asked about being still in contention in the Big Ten race. “At this point, all we control is what we do each Saturday. How other teams play, win-losses, things like that, we have no control over that. Coach (D.J.) Durkin says everyday, ‘Control, the controllable(s).’ So we’re going to go try to do that every game this point forward.”