When the Wolverines hosted the Delaware State Hornets on Saturday at Michigan Stadium, it wasn't supposed to be close. It never was. U-M dominated right from the opening kick-off, and, despite being against a sub par subdivision team, valuable reps went to a handful of young Wolverines who must figure prominently into the success of the Michigan football program both this year and beyond.
Denard Robinson Getting to Throw the Ball
He threw just four passes, but two of them went for touchdowns of 20-yards plus. In past games Robinson has beaten teams primarily with his legs, and, while the focal point of most defenses will still be to stop him on the ground, the Wolverines now have some tape for him to learn from to make him a more multidimensional QB. The timing on each of the touchdown passes seemed a bit out of sync, but, as Robinson's foot work in the pocket improves, so will the rest of his passing game
Vincent Shaw & Michael Shaw
With both Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown banged up entering this week, who would emerge to handle the running back position was a bit of a question mark. Fortunately, against an undersized and out-manned front, both looked to be backs capable of making significant contributions in the future if necessary. Both found the end zone, and both ripped off chunks of yardage at a time. In total Michigan finished with over 450 yards rushing.
Live Reps For a Young Defense
In the first half the Wolverines saw Teric Jones, Will Campbell, J.B. Fitzgerald, and Vlad Emilien all making contributions on the field. Depth on defense has been a concern all season for Rich Rodriguez, Greg Robinson and their Michigan defense. Getting valuable experience in game situations will only help the Michigan defense feel more comfortable substituting a bit more freely over the remainder of the season. In total, 29 Wolverines finished with at least one tackle. Fitzgerald led the team with five tackles. Teric Jones finished with four.
Despite the fact that the Wolverines rolled to an impressive 63-6 win, it wasn't without mistakes. The Wolverines lost the turnover 1-0, specifically, which should not happen with such an advantage in talent all across the field.
Turnovers have been a problem for the Wolverines in each of the previous two losses, and, in a game the Wolverines dominated, the turnover margin should have been more in the Wolverines favor. If Michigan doesn't do a better job in this department next weekend, the game against a stingy Penn State defense will be much, much more difficult.
To find the only thing uglier than Michigan losing the turnover battle yesterday, look no further then the Wolverines penalty yardage. In total, the Wolverines were flagged nine times for 93 yards in the Wolverines 57-point win. One penalty, a roughing the kicker call, kept alive a Delaware State offensive possession. It was the second consecutive week that the Wolverines have been flagged for roughing the kicker. U-M needs to avoid so many costly penalties to have a shot at knocking off Penn State.
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