Michigan Football came into this past week being the number three team in the country according to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Maryland came into this contest with a 5-3 record.
Here our are takeaways and notes from this past weekend:
-The Michigan offense, anchored by redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight and running back De’Veon Smith, put their feet on the gas pedal and never let up. They showed from their opening drive that they would win this game and show the country who they are as a team. After the game, Coach Harbaugh said Speight’s performance was “the best he has ever seen in his coaching career.” Even going back to the Andrew Luck days. Also saying that it may be the best in Michigan Football history”.
-Speight’s numbers were great with his looking comfortable in the pocket and also using his legs to extend the plays as needed. Speight had 3 rushes in the game for 16 yards and a touchdown. He also had 19 completions for 352 yards and 2 touchdowns.
-The offensive line gave quarterback Wilton Speight all day to look through his progressions and make good decisions. They did a great job making holes for the running backs, especially in short yardage situations.
-Running back De’Veon Smith was a man on a mission. He was the man that softened up the defense with the heavy load of carries he had. He had 19 rushes for 114 yards and 3 touchdowns. He added 1 reception for 17 yards.
-Another star was wide receiver Jehu Chesson. He had 5 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown.
-All the stars were not on the offensive side of the ball though. Many people feel the Michigan defense struggled against Michigan State, however, against the Terps, the defense looked like they wanted to make a point and establish themselves for the rest of the season. A big part of that was the additions of safety Delano Hill. Hill had 5 tackles and 1 assist. He also had 2 interceptions that stopped drives for the Terrapins. Another standout was the play of Ben Gedeon. He had 5 tackles and 6 assists. It was like you always were hearing his name whenever a tackle was made.
-This Michigan football team is no doubt talented but they are also humble. They constantly are talking about the team as a whole. They are very well coached and they are always seen on the field and the sideline coaching each other up. They are a VERY good team and only the future will tell what this team’s fate will be. The 59-3 win today puts them at 9-0. Next week is at Iowa at 8pm. I will certainly be watching this game with anxious anticipation. Until next week Wolverine nation. Go Blue! Or as Jim Harbaugh would say “onward.”