Saturday, September 07, 2013

Thoughts after 1st quarter Notre Dame, Michigan

- The Wolverines' receivers have been excellent tonight, especially Jeremy Gallon. He has been quite a nemesis for Notre Dame, considering his long catch-and-run for a touchdown in the first quarter tonight, along with the way he stuck a dagger in ND's collective heart, along with Denard Robinson, in '11.
- Michigan was smart to loosen Notre Dame's defense with a couple early reverses, getting the ball in space to Dennis Norfleet and Gallon. Michigan is very inexperienced in the middle of their offense line compared to Notre Dame defensively. Louis Nix III and Stephen Truitt, ND defensive linemen, are genuinely outstanding football players.
- I have a feeling Derrick Green, Michigan's freshman running back, will have a big say in what transpires tonight.
- I'm surprised Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly came out playing it so close to the vest. It's not like QB Tommy Rees lacks experience. And the best thing the Fighting Irish have going for them offensively is wide receivers T.J. Jones and DaVaris Daniels. Tight end Troy Niklas, also, is athletic and can stretch the field. You saw what they are capable of during ND's first quarter scoring drive.
- The retro numbers are cool and it was terrific for Michigan to honor Tom Harmon today, with his son, Mark, the actor, here. I think giving Devin Gardner Harmon's historic No. 98 is a definite sign he is viewed as the Wolverines' undisputed leader despite relatively few college starts at quarterback. It is a bit strange, though, to see a QB wearing No.98.


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