The Michigan Wolverines She is 7-0 and has a 7th scoring offense and 5th in the national scoring standings. Michigan ranks fourth in the country in polls and it looks like all roads are heading into the “game of the century” against Ohio State In late November.
The Wolverines have Heisman’s hope, a gritty “starless” defense, and a mentality forged in the fires of revenge after failing at College Football Playoff last year. Team 143 is the contender for the national title and has arrived here on the back of the team’s efforts, but the individual efforts of some players cannot be overlooked.
There might be 15 players who deserve the ball game at this turn of the season, but I’ve narrowed it down to four: two in attack, two in defense. Now, let’s distribute some game balls!
RB Blake Corum
Blake Corum is currently second in the nation in sprints (901) and first in the country in descents (13). Corum is listed as 4th best Prospect To win the Heisman Cup (best for a non-midfielder) and is the first sprinter to win the Doak Walker Award.
At this current pace, Corum is expected to finish with 1,546 yards and 21 touchdowns (through 12 games). Arenas will be good enough for Michigan’s best seventh season and the relegation will break Hassan Haskins’ record 20 mark set just last year.
Aside from dashing, Corum was outstanding in protecting passes and emerged as one of the biggest leaders in the team, setting the tone for his voice and performance.
C Olu Oluwatimi
It’s hard to come up with interesting statistics for a position, especially if you’re not buying fake guess work statistics for PFF College Analytics. However, I have come up with several adjectives to describe Oluwatimi’s play so far this season: dominant, stifling, crushing, leveling on the road, crushing.
Oluwatimi anchors the best offensive line in college football and is currently a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award (presented annually for the best offensive or defensive player) and first place for the Rimington Award (presented annually for the best position in the country).
With his growing national respect, he’s been a staple in the locker room since arriving in Ann Arbor as a transfer earlier this year. The former two-star recruit and Virginia Cavalier was voted as alternate captain by his Michigan colleagues in less than six months of being a Wolverine.
DT Mazzy Smith
The Number 1 weirdo in college footballMazzy Smith constantly prepares his teammates to wreak havoc by attracting countless double teams and absorbing the growing interest of opposing offensive lines. Despite the dual focus, that hasn’t stopped Smith from taking a massive step into production this season.
- Smith has 27 tackles (the third on the team); He had 37 last year in 14 games.
- Smith has 2.5 TFLs; He had a 2.5 last year in 14 games.
- Smith has 0.5 bags this season; He had a zero last year in 14 games.
Mazie Smith grew into a captain during his four years in Michigan, and his play allowed this “starless” defense to shine around him.
Edge Mike Morris
During the Harbaugh era (2015-present), there were at least one first-round pass from each team: Taco Charlton (2015-2016), Rashan Gary (2017-2018), Kwity Paye (2019-2020), and Aidan Hutchinson (2019-2021). Mike Morris might be next.
In his first year as a rookie, Morris led the team in sacks (5), TFL (5), and forced fumble (1). In the two years prior to this season, Morris had only .5 sacks, one TFL, and a mandatory zero.
Morris abused individual matches and took charge of matches when the team needed him most (Iowa).
CB Jimon Green
CB Mickey Senresteel
LB Junior Coulson
LT Ryan Hayes
QB JJ McCarthy
WR Ronnie Bell