The Michigan Wolverines had a relatively stress free victory over the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, 42-21.
There were plenty of excellent performances on the football, so we are passing out some game balls on offense, defense, and special teams while also giving some fist bumps to players who didn’t make the game ball cut.
Offense- TE Zach Gentry
Gentry was all over the place and made his presence known repeatedly. By the end of the day Gentry had 7 receptions for 112 yards on 8 targets.
A 21st century breed of tight end, Gentry can stretch the field with his speed and athleticism while also becoming an efficient blocking tight end as well. Gentry can run a full route tree and it’s clear he and QB Shea Patterson have developed a chemistry that can net them big gains and key conversions.
Defense- CB Brandon Watson
Watson had an excellent day in coverage for Michigan, and he put a bow on the performance in the final minutes to seal the victory for Michigan with a pick six. Watson undercut the route and took the pass to the house.
A savvy player with good instincts and catch-up speed, Watson has become a reliable player on D for Michigan.
Brandon Watson puts a bow on Michigan’s day. Pick-six. pic.twitter.com/S2dZNo4igE— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 6, 2018
Special Teams- K Quinn Nordin
Nordin is starting to put together a consistently good season. Nordin made all of his extra point attempts and made both of his field goals, with one from 34 yards out and the other from 31.
Fist Bumps (Honorable Mentions)
- WR Ronnie Bell had his second reception of the year, which was also his second receiving touchdown this season. Bell looks like on seriously hard to tackle wideout.
- RB Tru Wilson continues to pass-block like a beast
- Speaking of beasts, FB Ben Mason is really turning into a joy to watch. Mason hurdling over a defender at full-speed was a site to behold. Mason played some snaps at tailback and it looks like his usage will continue to increase with Michigan adding in new formations utilizing his talents.
- LB Khaleke Hudson had 5 solo tackles, 1 sack, and two tackles for loss. It was good to see Hudson play a disciplined game of football and to not get called for targeting after he missed parts of the previous two games due to targeting penalties.
- Fist bump to the entire offensive line for not giving up a sack. Their pass-protection was the best it has been all season, as Patterson had tons of time to throw most plays.