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PFF grades and snap counts for Michigan’s Championship win over Washington

Dissecting the latest data from the College Football National Championship.

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Michigan once again proved itself on college football’s biggest stage, securing a National Championship victory against the No. 2 ranked Washington Huskies, 34-13.

The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in the CFP title game to capture its 12th national championship in program history. The Michigan defense didn’t budge against a Washington team that entered the contest boasting a top-10 offense. The ground game paved the way for the Wolverines’ offense, with the two-headed monster of Donovan Edwards and Blake Corum scoring all the touchdowns.

Per PFF, Michigan’s performance against the Huskies was one of its best of the season. The Wolverines’ 85.4 overall team grade was the best performance of the season among the team’s other top-25 matchups.

Here’s a closer look at the grades and snap counts against Washington:

Offense

Trevor Keegan - 57 / 76.3

Trente Jones - 57 / 67.3

Karsen Barnhart - 57 / 61.0

LaDarius Henderson - 57 /60.4

Drake Nugent - 57 / 77.6

J.J. McCarthy - 55 / 70.9

Cornelius Johnson - 53 / 58.8

Colston Loveland - 46 / 75.3

Roman Wilson - 46 / 69.5

Blake Corum - 33 / 83.5

AJ Barner - 28 / 63.1

Tyler Morris - 26 / 58.4

Donovan Edwards - 20 / 75.4

Max Bredeson - 11 / 66.1

Kalel Mullings - 8 / 71.8

Semaj Morgan - 5 / 58.8

Myles Hinton - 4 / 59.8

Matthew Hibner - 3 / 60.0

Alex Orji - 2 / 60.5

Darrius Clemons - 1 / 60.0

Giovanni El-Hadi - 1 / 60.0

Takeaway: By the time everything was said and done, this was a game in which the Michigan offense’s veteran leadership stepped up to seal the victory over the Huskies. Corum led the way with a PFF grade that rivaled only that of his 85.0 overall against Bowling Green in Week 3. Corum ran the ball 21 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns, while four of Michigan’s five offensive line starters paved the way with above-average run-blocking marks, ranging from 67.7 to 76.9.

J.J. McCarthy, who tallied a 70.0 overall offensive player grade of his own, was also heavily protected in the passing game by his offensive line. Both Trevor Keegan and Karsen Barnhart registered exemplary pass-blocking grades of 85.8, allowing McCarthy to connect with Roman Wilson and Colston Loveland during some of the game’s most pivotal moments.

Defense

Will Johnson - 74 / 57.5

Josh Wallace - 72 / 70.3

Mike Sainristil - 71 / 66.1

Michael Barrett - 68 / 50.0

Rod Moore - 67 / 59.0

Junior Colson - 66 / 55.2

Keon Sabb - 61 / 79.9

Mason Graham - 46 / 87.2

Jaylen Harrell - 38 / 72.6

Kenneth Grant - 37 / 67.5

Derrick Moore - 37 / 70.7

Braiden McGregor - 37 / 76.6

Josaiah Stewart - 36 / 72.1

Kris Jenkins - 34 / 85.5

Cam Goode - 32 / 84.7

Makari Paige - 23 / 69.9

Ernest Hausmann - 12 / 39.8

Ja’Den McBurrows - 2 / 60.6

Takeaway: This was a legacy game for the interior of the Michigan defensive line. Mason Graham (87.2), Kris Jenkins (85.5) and Cam Goode (84.7) topped the PFF charts thanks to their stellar pass-rushing grades that also led the entire team in that particular category.

Surprises: Perhaps most surprising of all was the increased usage of Keon Sabb. Following a missed tackle that resulted in a first down in the beginning stages of the game, he would finish the night as the team’s only defensive back with an overall defensive player grade above 79. Sabb also recorded six total tackles, tying Junior Colson for second-most among the Wolverines, while also adding a pair of key pass breakups. The safety’s mark of 81.2 in coverage also led the team, and his 61 snaps trumped that of Makari Paige, who only played a total of 23.