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A perfect 13-0 season pushed the Michigan Wolverines past Iowa in the Big Ten Championship and into contention for a national title. Now, it’s time to crown the MVP’s for the offense and the defense here at Maize n Brew.
Let’s start with the offense, which had two players within the top-10 of the Heisman Trophy voting in quarterback J.J, McCarthy and running back Blake Corum.
McCarthy was nearly perfect for stretches of this season and he finished the year completing 74.2 percent of his passes and throwing for 2,630 yards and 22 total touchdowns.
Corum is just as worthy of the honor, breaking program records for career rushing touchdowns, scoring 24 of them this season. The senior back was the voice of the Michigan team and rushed for over 1,000 yards.
Another candidate is McCarthy’s favorite target, Roman Wilson. He had 11 touchdown receptions and led the team with 662 receiving yards this season. He’s by far the fastest player on the team and made some spectacular catches throughout the year.
Last but not least on the offensive side is Zak Zinter. He unfortunately when down with a leg injury against Ohio State, but played a key role on one of the best offensive lines in the country. He was named to the First Team All-Big Ten Offense and was voted a consensus All-American.
Who should win the offensive MVP?
Shifting to the defense, Mike Sainristil has shined in the last two years after swapping to corner. He was one of the best players in the country at forcing turnovers with five interceptions, a forced fumble, and two defensive touchdowns.
His counterpart, Will Johnson, was a lockdown corner when healthy as well. According to PFF, Johnson allowed zero touchdowns when in coverage this season. He also had three interceptions and a pick-six in what was a historically great year for the Michigan secondary.
The man in the middle, Michael Barrett, was a sneaky assassin this season. He didn’t get the credit he deserved, but he jumped off the screen in so many games this year. He had 52 tackles, two sacks, and two passes defended in what was his best season in Ann Arbor.
Up front, Jaylen Harrell was a menace this season, leading the team with 6.5 sacks. But he was underrated in the run game forcing two fumbles and earning 28 total tackles.
Who should receive Michigan’s defensive MVP for 2023?
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