Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Daily Brews. Here’s to hoping that everyone had a great holiday weekend as we settle into our fall routines moving forward. On to the news of the day.
Photo evidence shows Michigan was right to spike ball near half
Michigan had an odd sequence at the end of the first half of Saturday night’s 40-21 win over Middle Tennessee State where they had two timeouts to burn, yet spiked the ball after a reception from freshman wide receiver Cornelius Johnson. At the time, social media was ablaze with takes of how terrible Jim Harbaugh was at clock management, but apparently everyone else had it wrong.
Twitter user Dillon Zulkowski pointed out a screen grab from the game that shows Johnson’s reception probably should not have been one with the ball appearing to have touched the ground. Someone from Michigan must have noticed it because the spike allowed the play to stand and be unable to be reviewed.
See for yourself:
If you’re like me, wondering why we spiked it instead of using one of the 2 timeouts before half... this is why.— Dillon Zulkowski (@DillonZulkowski) September 2, 2019
The spike was the right call and a great quick decision by whoever saw it and made it. pic.twitter.com/Ay4oExtYY7
Nice eye, Dillon.
Pair of Wolverines crack All-B1G team from PFF for Week 1
Michigan had a pair of standout players named to Pro Football Focus’ All-Big Ten team for the first week of the season. Oddly enough, as is the case with PFF grades a lot of the time, their highest-graded players were not the ones who passed the eyeball test the most.
On offense, Shea Patterson was named the best quarterback in the conference on the weekend after a 17-for-29 performance with 203 yards and three touchdown passes.
The Week 1 Team of the Week in the B1G was headlined by strong performances from both Jonathan Taylor and Shea Patterson! pic.twitter.com/YIwp0L4CFP— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 2, 2019
Josh Metellus, who totaled three tackle in the win, got the not at one of the safety spots. They must have felt strongly about some of the things we do not see in the box score.
Here is the Team of the Week on defense in the B1G for Week 1! pic.twitter.com/xOwkBrekzk— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 2, 2019
For reference, Harbaugh and his staff’s grades determined that left tackle Ryan Hayes was the team’s offensive player of the week, while cornerback Ambry Thomas took home those honors on the defensive side of the ball.
Big Ten performers of the week
There were some standout performances in Michigan’s season opener, but none of them drew the eye of those who determine Big Ten honors each week.
Here were this week’s honorees with their accolades from the conference press release on Monday.
Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin, Jr., RB
- Totalled 183 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns at South Florida, becoming the first Big Ten student to record at least two rushing and two receiving touchdowns in the same game since Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure in 2010
- Rushed 16 times for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns, topping the 100-yard rushing mark for the 23rd time in his career
- Caught two passess for 48 yards and two touchdowns, the first two receiving scores of his career
- Earns his fifth career Offensive Player of the Week award and first of the season
- Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Nov. 19, 2018)
Defensive Player of the Week: Kenny Willekes, Michigan State; Sr., DE
- Scored the first touchdown of his career with a fumble recovery in the end zone in Michigan State’s victory over Tulsa
- Tallied 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in the contest
- Led the Spartans with seven tackles to help Michigan State set a school record by holding Tulsa to -73 rushing yards
- Receives his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
- Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Josiah Scott (Nov. 26, 2018)
Special Teams Player of the Week: Logan Justus, Indiana, Sr., K
- Tied a school record with four field goals, connecting on all of his attempts in the Hoosiers’ victory over Ball State
- Topped his previous career-long field goal three times, converting from 48, 49 and 50 yards in the contest, as well as from 30 yards
- Added two extra points to score 14 points in the contest
- Earns his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor and first of the season
- Last Indiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Logan Justus (Nov. 12, 2018)
Freshman of the Week: Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, Fr., QB
- Became the first Indiana freshman quarterback to start a season-opener since Antwaan Randle El in 1998 and joined Randle El as the only Hoosier freshmen to record more than 300 passing yards in his first start
- Completed 24 of 40 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown in the team’s victory against Ball State
- Carried the ball seven times for 67 yards to finish the game with 393 total yards
- Earns his first career Freshman of the Week award
- Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Stevie Scott (Sept. 17, 2018)
- Texas A&M offensive lineman Jared Hocker guaranteed a win over Clemson in this weekend’s matchup between the two teams. The Aggies played them close last season in a 28-26 loss, but guarantees are always risky business. When Jimbo Fisher found out about it, he issued the warning that Hocker had better play well. You’re on notice, son.
- Often times on social media, we stress that people should not tweet at high school recruits. Well, in Soviet Bloomington, recruits tweet at you. The Hoosiers’ official recruiting account opened its direct message inbox for players to send in highlights for evaluations and such, which is an interesting way to go about finding talent.
- Steve Spurrier, no stranger to riling up the masses at Tennessee as Florida’s former head coach, threw some more gasoline on the tire fire that is the Vols’ football program right now, saying the team should be called “Rocky Bottom” until they win a football game.
That’s it for Tuesday. We’ll be back here tomorrow like we always are!