Position Grades: Utah at Michigan

More high marks for Utah after taking down the Wolverines

Quarterbacks: C
Nothing spectacular, just efficient. Wilson didn't throw it down the field much, but managed the game very well without committing any turnovers. The numbers weren't eye popping, but they were good enough to back a stout defense. Thompson struggled for two series before leading the Utes down the field for a field goal.

Running Backs: C-
Didn't do much in the run game and Booker was dreadful in pass protection. Poole's long screen pass setup a field goal and dug the Utes out of bad field position while his 24 yard scamper helped setup another one. Not their best performance, but against that Michigan D, it could have been much worse.

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends: C+
6 catches out of Dres after a slow start, including the beautiful 28 yarder for a touchdown really put Michigan in a hole. Good to see Tim Patrick come up with some big catches and 4 for Kenneth Scott. The Michigan DBs were doing their jobs for the most part. It was a tough matchup and the separation wasn't great, but they did enough. Where has Westlee Tonga gone?

Offensive Line: B-
Who would have thought that Utah's much maligned offensive line would be the best offensive unit against Michigan? They weren't all world and the Utes did have quite a few negative yardage plays, but considering what they were going up against, Poutasi, Salt, and company did a more than admirable job ing giving Wilson enough time to through and the running backs enough lanes to pick up some tough yards.

Defensive Line: B+
Hunter Dimick is going to push for all conference honors if he keeps playing like this. 3 tackles, half of a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and a constant menace. Filipo Mokofisi is really starting to assert himself on the line, constantly making plays and/or causing havoc so others can make tackles. Best game of the season for Seni Fauonuku and Jason Fanaika shook off the moderate struggles of the first two games.

Linebackers: A-
Gionni Paul can play, registering 14 tackles in his first game as a Ute. Throw in a pick and a fumble recovery and you've got your Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Week. His instincts are tremendous. 9 tackles for Jared Norris, including 2 sacks. He might have been the best player on the field on Saturday. Nate Orchard played linebacker and picked up 7 tackles and 2 sacks as well. Michigan tried to run it. They couldn't.

Cornerbcks: B+
Devin Funchess is ridiculously good. No one is going to stop him. Eric Rowe tried his best and came up with his most complete game of the year with 3 pass breakups. Michigan rarely threw at Dominique Hatfield and Justin Thomas held his own throwing in 5 tackles. Michigan QBs were 18 of 39 through the air. I'd say that's a pretty impressive performance by the corners.

Safeties: A
8 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 2 interceptions, and 4 pass breakups. Yeah, that's a good day for a safety group. Blechen delivered some huge hits and was all over the field early while Tevin Carter iced it with his interception. Huge game.

Special Teams: A-
4 for 5 from Phillips in that rain, including a 50 yarder. He makes it look so easy. Clay returned his third kick of the year for a TD. Hackett pinned em deep. Just another day at the office.


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