ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan’s run game has struggled of late, and a lot of that has to deal with “consistency” and the normal wear and tear of Big Ten play, says Erik Magnuson, who addressed the media on Tuesday at Schembechler Hall.
Magnuson of course is referencing a U-M run game that is coming off a 141-yard performance in the Wolverines 48-41 2OT win at Indiana, where Michigan struggled to run the ball against the Big Ten’s 10th worst rushing defense.
“We had some good runs and then we had some bad runs,” Magnuson said. “If we can be more consistent, eliminate the errors, and take advantage when you have double teams, like combo blocks, that’s going to help us a lot.”
However, U-M’s performance at IU is just one example. In fact, Michigan has averaged just 113.5 yards per game over their past four games, going 3-and-1 in that stretch.
So, why has Michigan struggled to run the ball? Why can’t U-M seem to run the ball effectively as of late? Well, a big reason is fatigue and lack of technique, says Magnuson.
“I think that tends to happens this time of season, everybody seems to get tired,” he said. “Pad level starts to get high and you start to loss some of your fundamentals. But we’ve been focusing on that, especially today, we’ll fix it.”
And they better get prepared, because on Saturday No. 12 Michigan (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) plays at Penn State (7-3, 4-2), who boast the No. 5 rushing defense in Big Ten play, yielding only 117.0 yards per game.