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What a way to start the season! Michigan was less than 13 minutes away from a shutout to start the season, but nonetheless it was a great first step in the 2016 season. The offense had a little glitch in their first possession, but besides that they executed very well with 512 yards and the defense was right where they left off after last season. Michigan blew out the spread to win by 40 points and added another 20 to that. Let’s check out what all happened this week at the Big House.

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Well the starting quarterback question was answered today and Wilton Speight was the winner of the battle between John O’Korn and Shane Morris. Wilton started off on the wrong foot and threw an interception. Harbaugh laughed it off and didn’t let his quarterback get discouraged by it. After the mistake Speight never looked back. He ended up going 10 for 13 for 145 yards for three touchdowns. Speight only played the first half and a series in the third quarter before O’Korn came in. O’Korn went three for three for 16 yards and looked good doing it. Shane Morris would later come in and completed all four of his passes for 45 yards. All three quarterbacks looked good, showing Michigan has depth in an important position.

Running the football today for the Wolverines started out rough. Not many holes were created for De’Veon Smith as he was held to just six carries for 27 yards and would leave the game due to an injury, which didn’t look serious. With Smith gone, the next man up was Ty Isaac who got nine carries for 53 yards. The real start of the running game today though was by a freshman and his name was not Kareem Walker. Chris Evans was the impressive freshman getting eight carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Karan Higdon came in late and ended up with six carries for 35 yards and a touchdown. Khalid Hill made his debut at fullback and had one carry for four yards and a touchdown. The running game did well overall, getting 307 yards on the ground on 39 carries and four touchdowns.

Receiving for the Wolverines was quiet today with only 206 yards through the air since the Wolverines were dominating early. Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson lead the team with three catches each, Chesson with 43 yards and Darboh with 42 yards and a touchdown. Jake Butt wasn’t left out as he had only one catch for 19 yards, but it was for a touchdown. Grant Perry was the final receiver to get a touchdown on only one grab for 12 yards. Eddie McDoom made his debut and the fans were loving him, he had two catches for 15 yards and ran twice for 34 yards. After each play the fans chanted “Doom” which was cool to here.

The offensive line did its job very well today. It started off poor with not much of a run game for Smith, but after the first two series the run game improved and never downgraded. All three quarterbacks weren’t sacked and had very few times where they were faced with pressure.

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The defensive line showed its worth with it’s performance today. They allowed only 81 yards on the ground and were able to put pressure on both quarterbacks for the entire game. They didn’t pick up any sacks, but they helped others get them. Taco Charlton had one tackle, but would leave the game due to an injury that didn’t seem to serious. Ryan Glasgow had two tackles and Rashan Gary, playing mostly at defensive end, had three tackles. Chase Winovich lead the defensive line in tackles with six.

Linebackers, the position that many fans and writers figured would be the weak spot on the team, looked very strong today. Mike McCray lead team in tackles with nine, two sacks and a forced fumble. He seemed to have injured his hand, but he continued to play until the starters were pulled. Jabrill Peppers had eight tackles and a sack in his debut at the position. Ben Gedeon was next in tackles with seven and had a sack as well. Devin Bush, the freshman, had two tackles.

Defensive backs for Michigan had a great day as well. They only allowed 151 yards through the air and had two pick sixes. Channing Stribling was one of those players, getting two tackles and a pick six for 51 yards. Delano Hill was the other, getting one tackle and a pick six for 27 yards on a play he read perfectly and he had a huge pass deflection to stop a possible touchdown for the Warriors. Tyree Kinnel had three tackles and Dymonte Thomas had five tackles.

Special Teams had a good day as Kenny Allen and Ryan Tice made all of the extra point attempts. Michigan never punted once and the return game wasn’t anything special. Peppers had two punt returns for 28 yards and Bobby Henderson had a kick return for 15 yards while Khalid Hill had one for five yards.
Week 2 Preview and Notes

Some things to talk about the game was the sighting of Jourdan Lewis on the sideline. ESPN assumed he was out due to a disciplinary issue, but it turns out he is out with an injury as Michigan said if they needed him to play he could, but they were playing it safe with him out. Other Michigan players banged up that missed the game were Maurice Hurst Jr. and Ben Braden, and just like Lewis could have played if needed but were kept out to stay safe. Bryan Mone was the only player hurt today that seemed like it isn’t a minor injury as he will have a MRI today.

Michigan played 13 freshman today, breaking the record of 10 in 2010. This means Michigan has talent right out of the gate that can contribute right away, very nice to see.

Michigan plays UCF next week who takes on South Carolina State tonight, which could be their first win since 2014. Michigan put 63 points up this week against a team who actually had some wins last season, and now they play a team who, as of before kicking off against the Bulldogs, hasn’t won since 2014. Michigan could have a repeat performance come next week.

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