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PFF grades and snap counts from Michigan’s Rose Bowl win over Alabama

We take a look at the latest data from the Wolverines Rose Bowl victory over the Crimson Tide.

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If you still had questions about the Michigan Wolverines heading into the matchup with Alabama, consider those questions answered.

Jim Harbaugh and company rallied to defeat the Crimson Tide, 27-20, in a New Year’s Day overtime thriller. The Wolverines now advance to the title game with a chance to bring their first national championship back to Ann Arbor since 1997.

Of course, Michigan’s Rose Bowl victory didn’t come without its fair share of takeaways for us to dissect here today. Let’s take a closer look at the Wolverines’ grades from the Rose Bowl, courtesy of PFF:

Offense

Trente Jones - 60 / 75.3

Karsen Barnhart - 60 / 59.1

Trevor Keegan - 59 / 56.4

LaDarius Henderson - 59 / 37.4

Drake Nugent - 59 / 66.3

J.J. McCarthy - 57 / 63.2

Cornelius Johnson - 53 / 62.9

Roman Wilson - 47 / 67.0

AJ Barner - 46/ 60.8

Colston Loveland - 42 / 60.7

Blake Corum - 37 / 69.0

Tyler Morris - 18 / 82.2

Donovan Edwards - 18 / 52.1

Semaj Morgan - 12 / 63.1

Max Bredeson - 10 / 64.5

Kalel Mullings - 6 / 74.2

Alex Orji - 3 / 54.2

Darrius Clemons - 2 / 60.0

Peyton O’Leary - 2 / 63.2

Fredrick Moore - 1 / 58.9

Andrew Gentry - 1 / 60.0

Tommy Doman - 1 / 60.0

Giovanni El-Hadi - 1 / 60.0

Myles Hinton - 1 / 60.0

Jeffrey Persi - 1 / 60.0

Matthew Hibner - 1 / 60.0

Reece Atteberry - 1 / 60.0

Takeaway: Outside of some late-game heroics, this was not a matchup in which many things went right for Michigan’s offense. The first snap of the game nearly went for an interception, but J.J. McCarthy turned things around — connecting on touchdowns with Roman Wilson, Blake Corum and Tyler Morris. Each of the benefactors of those connections finished with an offensive player grade above 67.0, with Morris pacing the entire offense (82.2) following his impressive 38-yard sideline scamper.

Surprises: Other names at the top of PFF’s list of Rose Bowl performers may surprise you. Kalel Mullings once again shined in limited action, accounting for one carry for six yards, while also adding a 19-yard reception. The former linebacker graded out at an impressive 74.2 overall with only six snaps to his name. Trente Jones was also spectacular, adding a 75.3 overall offensive player grade of his own.

Those weren’t the only pleasant surprises on New Year’s Day. Michigan’s offensive line as a whole turned a corner and found new life for the first time since the moments that followed the injury to Zak Zinter against Ohio State. Karsen Barnhart (79.7), Drake Nugent (78.1), Trevor Keegan (79.8), and Jones (80.1), all received exemplary pass blocking marks for their performance against the Tide.

Defense

Will Johnson - 66 / 70.9

Rod Moore - 62 / 69.5

Mike Sainristil - 62 / 61.4

Michael Barrett - 62 / 59.7

Junior Colson - 53 / 68.8

Josh Wallace - 50 / 76.7

Mason Graham - 48 / 77.4

Jaylen Harrell - 41 / 59.9

Kris Jenkins - 40 / 74.1

Derrick Moore - 37 / 58.9

Quinten Johnson - 37 / 61.6

Kenneth Grant - 34 / 63.0

Makari Paige - 32 / 70.5

Braiden McGregor - 29 / 53.1

Josaiah Stewart - 27 / 72.5

Cam Goode - 24 / 57.1

Ernest Hausmann - 14 / 66.7

Keon Sabb - 5 / 60.4

Rayshaun Benny - 2 / 29.4

Ja’Den McBurrows - 1 / 60.0

Takeaway: The Wolverines got off to a hot start in the first half, and their impressive defense was the difference-maker. Will Johnson, Josh Wallace, Rod Moore and Makari Paige all posted overall player grades of 70.0+, as Michigan posted one of its best coverage grades of the year at 89.4.

Five sacks from five different defenders — plus constant pressure throughout the opening 30 minutes — also left Milroe rattled. Much of this can be attributed to the stellar play of Mason Graham, Kris Jenkins and Josaiah Stewart, who each come in as three of the four highest-graded players on defense for the Wolverines.