Things looked bleak during the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Michigan’s defense had been taken advantage of repeatedly by some well-designed plays, the offense was sputtering, and the Wolverines found themselves down 21-3 just before halftime.
Enter Ambry Thomas.
The shifty sophomore shunned the new kickoff fair-catch rules and took it upon himself to make a difference in the game. 99-yards later, Thomas found the endzone and delivered Michigan’s first TD of the night.
For his efforts (2 rets., 120 yds., 1 TD), Thomas was named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week by the Big Ten Conference. He shares this week’s honor with Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr., who returned a punt 76-yards for his own TD against New Mexico State.