The Michigan Wolverines‘ 30-14 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday was atrocious. However, TBHR would still like to give game balls to a couple of athletes for their performances in the contest.
Game Ball: De’Veon Smith, Running Back
In consecutive weeks, Michigan delivered a less-than-impressive offensive performance. The Wolverines went three-and-out six times and were a whopping 4-for-13 on third-down conversations. Shane Morris, who was named the starting quarterback moments before kickoff, struggled all game. Derrick Green, who has impressed in recent weeks, had six carries for as many yards. After Morris was pulled, Devin Gardner came in and supplied a short-lived spark for the offense with a late touchdown drive.
Running Back De’Veon Smith had the best performance on the offensive side, yet only finished the game with nine carries for 57 yards and a touchdown. He was the go-to guy on Michigan’s first scoring drive, running downhill with plenty of power. He carried the ball four consecutive times for 47 yards, and scored on a 10-yard scamper to put Michigan in front, 7-0, early in the second quarter.
Game Ball: Joe Bolden, Linebacker
Defense was also a problem for the Wolverines against Minnesota, surrendering 373 offensive yards to the Gophers. This was just the first time all season that the defense had given up more than 300 yards. In the post-game presser Hoke mentioned that the team really needs to improve on tackling and leveraging the football.
Joe Bolden had a solid outing, collecting a team high of 10 total tackles on the day. He was quick to the ball and even recorded a solo sack on Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner.
Brady Hoke said he wasn’t pleased with the results of either side of the ball yesterday. Michigan fans are not pleased with Brady Hoke. What a mess.
Derek Devine is a frustrated Michigan fan who is a contributing blogger for TBHR. You can follow him on Twitter here.