Thursday, November 15, 2012

Week 11: Top Performers And Underperformers

Brady Hoke was able to stay perfect at home on Saturday, but a lot of credit is due to a few certain players who stepped up on the big stage.

Of course, where there is good, there is not so good. There was a little bit of that, too against Northwestern. Good thing I'm here to recap it all.

Let's start with the positives. And the good news here: only one player worthy of being labeled as an under performer.

Top Performers

1.    Roy Roundtree - WR

Roy Roundtree just knows when to step up for his team. Devin Gardner stepped into a giant role for the Wolverines in a must win situation, and Roundtree was able to make his job much easier by being a reliable target.

Roundtree caught 5 passes for 139 yards and displayed a little bit of everything we had been waiting on. The speed was there, the hands, the reliability. It was the Roundtree we had been expecting all season, and I think he uses this big performance to propel himself into a strong finish of the season.  

2. Devin Gardner - QB

Devin Gardner has taken a shaky situation and turned into something beautiful: wins. As the backup QB, all that was asked of his was to keep Michigan in a position to win, and that's exactly what he's done. 

Gardner completed 16/29 passes for 286 yards and 2 TDs. Once again, he showed great composure and incredible instinct on the field.

On top of the air game, he contributed with 47 yards and another 2 TDs on the ground. Basically, he displays a pro-style passing attack while being able to beat you on the ground also.

Under Performers

1.    Thomas Rawls - RB

Thomas Rawls really hasn't given Al Borges a reason to play him lately, this following a stretch of time where a lot of fans thought he was the better back not receiving any playing time.

But Rawls only had three carry on Saturday for a grand total of one yard. It's obviously near impossible to judge a performance based off of one attempt, but the same heart and power we were witnessing earlier is not there anymore.

Luckily, Fitz Toussaint has been stepping up.

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