It wasn't pretty for the offense on Saturday.
Michigan held an open practice/scrimmage under the lights on Saturday with approximately 25,000 fans attending according to a Michigan spokesman. Although no scores or statistics were recorded, there were some observations from the practice that could be considered key takeaways.
With the offense, the takeaways are few and far between.
It is clear that the defense is lightyears ahead of the offense right now, that much is clear. It's unclear whether Michigan's defense is really that good, or the offense is really that bad. But the defense seemingly did what it ever it wanted to the offensive line. Mattison was dialing up blitz package after blitz package and it worked. Especially in the redzone situation, Maurice Hurst came in with the sack during a blitz.
Bad offensive line? Not sure, but it's clear nothing is "clicking" yet.
The offensive line wasn't pushing anyone. They had their moments, but it's mostly uninspiring. With the running game, it wasn't exciting. The run game was, to put it lightly, non-existent. Again, attributed to excellent defense? Time will tell. De'Veon Smith had a rushing touchdown, which was a four-yarder. That's pretty much the highlights with the running game.
The defense has been receiving rave reviews all night. It is clear that Mattison's plan for a new, aggressive, defense is working. The depth is there, so why not use it? Jabrill Peppers has been running with the first team and was shifted around in the defensive backfield. Although the talk has been that he would start at nickel, he has been running with the first team corners. So, take it for what it's worth.
If I had to pick one standout tonight, Moe Ways would be an excellent candidate. He's made some impressive catches, including a nice touchdown grab in the corner of the endzone from Russell Bellomy.
Top Three Standouts:
- Maurice Ways
- Shane Morris
- Jabrill Peppers
More from Coach Hoke later on Maize n Brew.