The Michigan Wolverines finish their four-game homestand to begin the season this Saturday as they welcome in their first Big Ten opponent of the season to the Big House — the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Here are the five players I will be watching closely this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The transfer wide receiver hasn’t put up much numbers yet, but should be able to feast against a secondary like Rutgers’ that is down two corners, including arguably their most talented in Max Melton. Baldwin and the other receivers should be able to take advantage. Cornelius Johnson had a long touchdown last weekend, so I’d say it’s Baldwin’s turn for one.
The true freshman linebacker from Tennessee has been very good early on and has been getting more and more playing time each week. He’s compiled seven tackles and one pass breakup thus far and will look to continue that this weekend. He’s someone Wolverine fans should be very excited about.
David Ojabo was one of my defenders to watch last week, so let’s throw his immediate backup into the mix this week. Harrell is just a sophomore and has room to grow, but I have been impressed with what I’ve seen out of him this season. He looks comfortable in his role and will only get better.
Edwards has made the most of his few opportunities three games into his true freshman season, especially his game last weekend when he turned eight carries into 86 yards and two touchdowns. He certainly has earned more snaps, so I hope to see more out of him this week as Big Ten play begins.
Ross leads the Wolverine defense with 23 total tackles, 10 more than the next closest. His biggest task this week will be to stop the efficient rushing attack Rutgers has lead by Isaih Pacheco (152 yards, three touchdowns). He’s been dominant against the run so far this year, so this will be an interesting matchup to watch for.