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WATCH: Michigan uses fake punt to keep drive alive vs. Army

Daxton Hill makes his mark in a much-needed special teams lift.

Michigan Football may have not wanted to dip into the bag of tricks this early in the season, but they found themselves needing a lift on Saturday vs. Army in the form of a fake punt in the first quarter to set up a scoring drive.

On the play, freshman safety Daxton Hill noticed he was uncovered, which let to a direct snap to Mike Barrett, a former high school quarterback, to toss Hill the ball for a gain of 25 yards on fourth down.

The drive would be capped off by the first rushing touchdown of Zach Charbonnet’s young career.

It wound up being critical to Michigan’s scoring drive in a quarter where sloppy play, turnovers and some other weird happenings made it a more stressful opening chapter than they had hoped it would be.

Michigan and Army were tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.