Speight, Harris Dominant
Both quarterback Wilton Speight and running back Damien Harris turned in impressive games this past week. Speight–who was playing in an exhibition game for charity–was 15-of-19 for 342 yards and four touchdowns. Those are great statistics, charity game or not.
Harris did his best to outdo his future signal caller, rushing for 266(!) yards on only 12(!!) carries and five touchdowns. The most ridiculous part of all this? Harris only played one half of the contest. You can see highlights of his dominance here.
SAM linebacker commitment Chase Winovich had an long touchdown run, too:
Michigan's pledges will have an insane compilation of highlights by the end of the year.
Cass Tech Tops Southfield
Detroit Cass Tech took on Southfield in the biggest high school game of the year in the state of Michigan. Ohio State commitment Damon Webb wasn't afraid to talk trash before the game:
Southfield Cass Tech today. Ray Buford (Southfield) tweeted this was on his front door from Damon Webb (CT) pic.twitter.com/4gvaDIDqO7— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) August 30, 2013
Webb would ultimately back that talk up on the field, helping his Technicians defeat Southfield by the score of 18-14.
Steve Lorenz made an interesting observation:
Malik McDowell has definitely slimmed down a bit.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) August 30, 2013
That's good news, and might give him an opportunity to play at SDE at Michigan if he goes blue.
It sounds like Lawrence Marshall and Malik McDowell both turned in great games, but the Southfield offense struggled against the Cass Tech defense. It helped that Tech had both Mikey Weber and Damon Webb on offense. Weber was named the game's MVP.
UTL 2.0 to Draw Impressive Crowd
Michigan will face Notre Dame under the lights next weekend for the second time in the history of Michigan Stadium. The list of visitors is long and impressive. Da'Shawn Hand, Malik McDowell, Jashon Cornell, Justin Hilliard, Tim Settle, Matt Burrell, Tyriq Thompson and many others will be in the stands.
I expect some big news to come out of this weekend, and I wouldn't be surprised if someone like Da'Shawn Hand or Justin Hilliard pulled the trigger. I don't expect this to happen, but you can't ever rule it out when Michigan puts on a ridiculous night show in Ann Arbor.
Michigan Fan Base No Exception to Star Gazing Rule
Around ten true freshman saw the field in some capacity on Saturday, but it became very apparent that the Michigan fan base is like every other fan base when Derrick Green waltzed out onto the field. The five-star running back drew a huge round of applause from the crowd despite looking much too heavy.
Shane Morris ran onto the field in the second half, drawing the second and final round of applause from the crowd in Ann Arbor. Channing Stribling outperformed both Green and Morris, but many in the crowd probably didn't even know who number eight was.
General Notes and Multimedia Items
James Ross' little brother Joshua Ross looks the part of future linebacker:
Joshua Ross the tallest defender on the OLSM defense. He's only a freshman. Definitely looks the part.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) August 30, 2013
Steve eventually tweeted that Joshua is already over six feet tall, so he could push SAM size by the time he reaches college. Will he be good enough to run with the big boys by then? That's impossible to predict.
Mason Cole and George Campbell retweeted this awesome picture:
That's how we do it #GoBlue @GeorgeCampbell0 pic.twitter.com/MEo0cvRIZ0— Mason Cole (@MasonCole52) September 1, 2013
Finally, Greg Mattison is the definition of classy:
Got a letter from Coach Mattison yesterday showing support, such a #ClassAct— Heisenburg (@K_Bergs) September 1, 2013
Kyle Berger chose Ohio over Michigan and Mattison still reaches out to show his support. That, folks, is classy.