The public has gotten two good glimpses of Michigan this fall: once when the Big Ten Network rolled into town for its fall camp coverage, and again Saturday night when students were invited to practice. The latter has proven to be the most informative. Here are some circulating observations.
Rudock got the nod for the night
Quarterback Jake Rudock took first-team snaps while Shane Morris stuck with the second-team unit. Rudock tossed two touchdowns in the scrimmage portion of the practice, one to Drake Harris and another to Jake Butt.
The main argument for Rudock to start over Morris has been his proven consistency; that logic apparently didn’t falter last night.
Amara Darboh in street clothes
Wide receiver Amara Darboh, a presumed starter, was in street clothes with a splint on his left pinky finger for the practice. Grant Perry and Harris got the first-team snaps and worked in the red zone.
Jehu Chesson primarily played with Morris on the second-team offense.
Nothing new at running back
De’Veon Smith received most of the first-team carries, while Ty Isaac served as his primary backup. Smith appeared to get the most carries, but Derrick Green was noted as being more effective. Green’s night included a burst into the secondary, which was the only notable gain of the evening from a running back.
Injured back Drake Johnson warmed up with the team and practiced in positional groups but was held out of the scrimmage.
The secondary looked good
Jeremy Clark and Channing Stribling worked most of the first-team reps at corner. Jabrill Peppers and Jarrod Wilson started at safety. Peppers moved inside when the team went to its nickel package, and Delano Hill took his spot at safety.
Stribling was beaten by Harris on a 15-yard slant for a touchdown.
Graduate transfer Wayne Lyons spent his night with the second-team defense.
Kicker position is up for grabs
Kenny Allen and Kyle Seychel took field goals, but neither stood out. Seychel displayed a bigger leg, but Allen was more accurate.