Saturday, August 31, 2013

Thoughts halftime Central Michigan, Michigan

- I think it is a very fair and accurate point to make that Michigan has been much more impressive today than Michigan State was last night.
- If this game gets out of hand and turns into a rout for Michigan, it will still be quite interesting, depending on how Wolverines' coach Brady Hoke substitutes. Who doesn't want to see freshmen Derrick Green or Shane Morris play today? One is a 5-star running back, the other a 5-star QB. We've been reading about them for what seems like eons.
Then again, will it be possible, with no other viable backup for Devin Gardner, for Morris to be redshirted this season. It would also be intriguing to see freshman running back De'Veon Smith carry the ball today. It was good to see what Drake Johnson, freshman running back who was a late add to Michigan's recruiting class in 2012 after breaking all kinds of records at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, get the ball. He was redshirted last year. One thing for sure, the Wolverines don't appear to be short of talent at running back.
- Central Michigan, despite the lopsided score, has done some good things today, but it is almost as if head coach Dan Enos is playing to keep this game close rather than winning it. The classic example of that was punting for a touchback while in four-down territory during the second quarter. It's tough, though, when the starting QB and RB (Cody Kater and Zurlon Tipton) are out. Tipton is CMU's best player.
- Velocity isn't a problem for Gardner. He gunned that TD pass into Jeremy Gallon. He throws seam routes very well. He still seems to lack a little consistency, though. Michigan will have its share of teaching points when this game is complete.


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