The Michigan Wolverines football team improved to 7-2 (4-1 Big Ten) on the season Saturday, as they handled the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 49-16. The Wolverines dominated the entire game, and this one was never in any doubt. They put up 35 points in the first half, and had 6 different players score in the contest. The Knights only touchdown came on a Janarion Grant 98-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. The Wolverines were clicking on all cylinders Saturday, as their offense repeatedly beat the Rutgers secondary. While it was another great TEAM win, a few players played above the rest, and deserve this weeks gameballs. Let’s see who they are!
Gameball: Jake Rudock, Quarterback
One week after being injured, Jake Rudock returned to game action, and lead the Wolverines to a victory. To say he played great on Saturday could be an understatement. Rudock was 18-25, for 337 yards, and 2 touchdowns. He also added another score with his legs, as he dove into the end zone in the first quarter, to put the Wolverines on top 14-3. The 337 yards were a new career best for Rudock, and you could tell he was really feeling it out there. Jake has stepped into this offense, and has completely taken over. Each week we see a new, better, version of Jake Rudock. Each week the quarterback play seems to improve, and the leadership is much more obvious. I hope the other quarterbacks on this team are learning a lot from Jake, on and off the field. He is a great leader, and I’m excited for the rest of the season!
Gameball: Jake Butt, Tight End
After the first game of the year (8 catches, 93 yards, 1 touchdown), it seemed as though Jake Butt was going to explode this year and put up ridiculous stat lines. Although he has had a solid year, it is safe to say he hasn’t put up those “ridiculous stat lines”. However, Butt still ranks 2nd on the Wolverines roster, trailing only Amara Darboh, with 31 catches for 418 yards and a touchdown. In the win over Rutgers, Butt tallied 4 catches for 102 yards, to lead the Wolverines in receiving. One of his catches went for 56 yards down the middle of the field. Jake has been a solid option in the passing attack all year, and has proved to be a trusted receiver of Rudock’s. I look for big things in the coming games from him!
Gameball: Jourdan Lewis, Cornerback
How can you not give it to a guy who just broke a school record? Especially a school record at Michigan! On Saturday, Jourdan Lewis broke the Michigan school record for pass break ups in a season with 19. The crazy thing is, there are still three more games for Lewis to add to his total. Lewis has been a spark for the Michigan defense all season, and I don’t expect that to change. Hopefully he turns some of those breakups into interceptions in the coming weeks.
As always…..Go Blue!