The Rose: Texas vs Michigan. Individual Match-ups

NFL Draft Anaylst Allen Trieu and GBW's Josh Turel have been studying the top Michigan and Texas players. Once again Allen to take a break from preparing for the NFL Combine to give GoBlueWolverine an <b>impartial preview</b> of the <b>Wolverines vs.Longhorns</b> matchup.<br><br> Here is the third of several reports from Trieu on Texas vs. Michigan: <b>Gamebreakers, Individual Matchups, <i> X-Factors</i>, and more!</b><br><br> Today: <b>KEY INDIVIDUAL MATCHUPS</b><br>


Michigan DE Lamarr Woodley vs. Texas LT Jonathan Scott
Strength on strength in this matchup. Woodley has been the Wolverines' most consistent defensive lineman and Scott has been the Longhorns' best pass blocker. Scott has quick feet and shows great quickness in pass protection. However, he has had trouble with bull rushers and stronger ends. Woodley has shown great discipline this season and is not easily fooled by misdirection, which Texas does it's share of. How well Woodley can defeat the blocking of Scott and contain the outside will be a key in the game.

Michigan SS Ernest Shazor vs. Texas QB Vincent Young
With Texas lacking a top deep threat, Shazor is going to see a lot of time in the box. It would not be surprising to see him used as a spy on Young. Shazor is a great tackler, but has a bit of tendency to overrun plays. He must stay disciplined as Young is a wonderful athlete who can cut on a dime.

Michigan LB Lawrence Reid vs. Texas RB Cedric Benson
Reid has been Michigan's leading tackler for the past two seasons. He is a solid performer who doesn't make a lot of big plays but is a reliable player. However, as far as linebackers go, he isn't the biggest guy. Benson is as physical a runner as any other back in the country. These two will likely meet several times during the game and whoever wins the majority of their battles could very well win the game.

Texas LB Derrick Johnson vs. Michigan FB Kevin Dudley
For Michigan to have success running the ball, they must get to Johnson. Dudley could very well be the best lead blocking fullback in the country, and his skills will be tested against a great athlete. However, if there is a knock on Johnson, it's that he's a bit on the thin side and does more running around blockings than taking them on. If Dudley can lock on and win at the point of attack, Mike Hart could have a big day.

Texas CB's Tarrell Brown/Cedric Griffin vs. Michigan Wrs Braylon Edwards and Jason Avant
Texas' corners are athletic, but they're inexperienced and inconsistent. Griffin, at 6'2 has the size and Brown has the great speed, but they haven't faced a duo quite like this. Even against Oklahoma, they didn't face receivers who are this big, athletic and physical. They're also excellent blockers who will test the mettle of these corners every play.

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