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.
he could go ALL! THE! WAY!@UMichFootball takes it 99-yds off the kickoff for their first TD of the game! #MICHvsND pic.twitter.com/n6CXqVnhnJ— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) September 2, 2018
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.
DB Ambry Thomas from @UMichFootball and DB Antoine Winfield Jr. from @GopherFootball are the #B1GFootball Co-Special Teams Players of the Week pic.twitter.com/PBqe1sPHEI— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) September 3, 2018
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.