Michigan Monday: Game 2 vs. Hawai’i

Game Notes Nuggets

• Michigan is in the second of three non-conference matchups that begin a four-game home slate to kick off the season. Wolverines are 17-0 in non-conference games played at Michigan Stadium under Coach Jim Harbaugh.

• Nineteen (19) players – 15 of whom were real freshmen – made their UM debuts in the season opener, including appearances through graduate transfers Olesugun Oluwatimi (departure center), Anoma Eyabi (edge), and Cam Goode (Defensive line). linebacker Kalel Mullings and defensive back Mike Sainristil were first-time defensive starters (Sainristil has nine career starts on offense).

• The UM offense posted more than 50 points (51) and 440 yards, scoring on all seven trips to the red zone. Since last season, the unit has scored 40 or more points and totaled 440 or more yards in four of the last five contests.

• Week 2 starting quarterback JJ McCarthy will make his first career start on Saturday. The second played in 11 games last season and had seven scores (two on the ground), including touchdown passes for 35, 56 and 69 yards. He recorded his eighth career score last weekend in the season opener, a 20-yard rush, and also completed four of four pass attempts.

• During his young career, McCarthy has a 7.9% touchdown percentage (five of 63 pass attempts) and an average of points for every 10 times he makes withdrawals and runs (three of 30 attempts race).

• Fifteen (15) different pass catchers had at least one reception in Game 1, including a record six tight ends. Colston Loveland led the position group in its debut with two catches, and Eric All, Max Bredeson, matt hibner, Hunter Neffand Luke Schoonmaker each recorded one.

• Running backs Blake Corum (76 meters) and Donovan Edwards (64 yards) combined for 140 yards on 25 carries (5.6 yards per carry) with a pair of touchdowns. According to Pro Football Focus College, the duo produced more than half of that yardage after contact – 38 yards from Corum and 40 from Edwards.

• UM’s offensive line helped the rushing game average 5.9 total yards per attempt, allowing two negative plays on 68 offensive snaps (2.94%). The unit has allowed 34 total tackles for loss in 2021, the fewest in the country.

• Saturday’s performance was led by returning starting guards Zak Zinter and Trevor Keganas well as the center Olesugun Oluwatimiwho made 32 consecutive starts at Virginia before his first as Wolverine last weekend.

• UM’s defense was dominant in its early days under new coordinators Jesse Minter and Steve Clinkscale. Colorado State was limited to 3.7 yards per play, including 2.1 yards per rush attempt. The Rams allowed 11 tackles for loss for 56 negative yards on 59 offensive snaps.

• The Wolverines collected seven sacks from 10 different contributors, including the first career sack(s) for eight players: Mason Graham, Kris Jenkins, Jaylen Harrel, Braiden McGregor, Rod Moore, RJ Motenand Mike Sainristil. Anoma Eyabi also recorded his first sack as Wolverine in his first scrimmage snap. UM had sacks from 12 different players throughout the 2021 season.

DJ turner (fumble returned 45 yards, touchdown) and Rod Moore (interception returned 37 yards) had long returns to help spark the defensive effort. Touchdown from Turner, on a forced fumble by mike morrisis the fifth-longest touchdown on a fumble recovery in program history, and the first over 30 yards since Courtney Avery’s 83-yard return against Minnesota in 2011.

• Turner joined Brandon Herron (2008-11) and Jeremy LeSueur (2000-03) as the only players in UM history with an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in their careers. Herron accomplished both feats in the same game (vs. Western Michigan, September 3, 2011).

• Kicker Jake Moody converted three of three field goal attempts and six PATs for a 15-point day, taking him to 223 points for his career. Moody passed Desmond Howard (222 career points) for a spot in UM’s all-time top 15. With 23 more points, he will tie former teammate Quinn Nordin (246) and enter the top 10 all-time.

• Gambler Brad Robin only hit two punts last weekend but made them both count. Robbins forced Colorado State to start practices on their 16- and 20-yard lines with a 51-yard length. More importantly, Robbins’ punt unit produced no returns on two return attempts. He has allowed nine of his 45 punt returns in 2021, totaling 35 return yards allowed.

• Wide Receiver Romain Wilson (Honolulu) is Michigan’s only player from Aloha State. He is the fourth player in program history with a hometown in Hawaii. In the fourth matchup between the programs, he will become the first Wolverine from Hawaii to play against the Rainbow Warriors.

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