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Game Balls: New and familiar names perform well in the 40-21 win over MTSU

Middle Tennessee State came to play last night, but many Wolverines knocked off their jitters and stepped up big. Our staff gives out game ball picks.

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Michigan was favored by 35 points against Middle Tennessee State on Satruday night and the first half was a struggle for the Wolverines. It wasn’t a team firing on all cylinders or to their potential (at least what we think it is), but they got the job done winning 40-21.

The Wolverines pulled away in the second half, but there were still plenty of hiccups and things to improve upon from the debut of Josh Gattis’ offense.

Let’s hand out some game balls, as voted on by you and the Maize n Brew staff after Saturday night’s victory.

Offense

Freshman running back Zach Charbonnet was a name being talking about more and more as fall camp went on and we all saw why. The 6-foot-1, 220 pound back gets this game ball with 90 yards on eight carries with his longest rush of 41 yards on the night. The true freshman looks the part and lived up to the hype through his first showing, which was godo to see. We’ll see more of him in this ongoing position battle with Tru Wilson, Ben VanSumeren, Christian Turner, and Hassan Haskins, who all got at least two carries on the night.

Defense

This was a solid start in this new era of Michigan defense with several guys stepping up and making plays. It was a slow start for the defense after letting up the first points of the game on the touchdown after Shea Patterson fumbled on the first play of the game, and really they only struggled on short fields and in garbage time. Ambry Thomas, Jordan Glasgow, Khaleke Hudson, and Vincent Gray all had some great plays along with some stout play from the defensive line.

From this team effort with six players having four or more tackles, Thomas gets this game ball. He has two solo tackles, one tackle for loss and an interception. He was also voted on by our readers as the player of the game for his performance in a return to the field from colitis as recent as a few weeks ago.

Special Teams

Will Hart was solid in the punting game with five on the night averaging 41.6 yards and his longest at 51 yards. Some likely thought Michigan having to punt five times against Middle Tennessee State is an issue but we won’t get into that in this story.

Honorable Mention

There were several players on offense, within the wide receiver unit and quarterbacks, along with the defense that had solid games. Jordan Glasgow gets this one, who had a monster game on defense with five solo and six tackles, and two sacks.

Sound off below with your game ball selections and why.