Michigan Monday: Game 4 vs. Maryland

Play Note Nuggets

• After three non-conference games to start the 2022 season, UM is now in the Big Ten game. The Wolverines have 50 wins in the program’s last 54 opening Big Ten games.

• Forty (40) players have seen their first playing time as Wolverines this season. That figure includes five different Wolverines freshmen who joined the team via transfer, meaning 35 players have made their college debuts thus far.

• UM has the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense (55.3 points per game) and No. 4 scoring defense (5.7 points allowed per game) for three weeks.

• The 17 points Michigan has allowed so far represents the lowest total at this stage of the year since the 2003 team limited its first three opponents to a combined 10 points.

• Each of UM’s first three opponents has failed to score in the first half and 14 of the 17 total points have come in the fourth quarter.

• No Michigan team had opened the season with three straight games scoring 50 points until the 2022 team accomplished the feat. The last three-game streak of any kind in which Maize and Blue scored more than 50 points came in 1903. During that season, UM won five straight games with scores of 76-0, 79-0, 65-0, 51 – 0 and 88-0.

• The Wolverines clinched victory by a margin of more than 40 points in each of the first three games (51-7, 56-10, 59-0). The last time Michigan won three straight games with a scoring margin of 40 points or more was during the 1991 season, when they beat Minnesota 52-6, Purdue 42-0 and Northwestern 59-14.

• In his second career start, JJ McCarthy he continued to complete passes at a high rate. This season, he is 30-for-34 passing for 473 yards (13.9 yards per attempt) and three touchdowns, plus another rushing. That adds up to an 8.8 touchdown percentage this season, in line with his 8.6 career percentage (on 93 passes).

• So far, 20 different Wolverines have had at least one sack this season. ronnie bell (14 catches) leads the pack in receptions and yards (181) and roman wilson (two) leads in touchdowns. Wilson (one rushing, three total) has three touchdowns on seven total offensive touches.

• UM’s offensive line has allowed nine negative plays in 192 offensive snaps (three in each game), or 4.6 percent of all offensive snaps. On average, Wolverine’s passers rush only once per game. The line has helped bolster the running game to the tune of 6.2 yards per rush adjusted for catch per attempt and 7.8 yards per play overall.

• According to Pro Football Focus College (PFFCollege), Blake Corum he has forced 13 missed tackles on 34 carries. His seven rushing touchdowns lead the country and are the most UMs in three games since Chris Perry (2003) had seven.

• UM has a pair of top-15 scorers in the country: Corum (14.0 points per game) is the country’s No. 2 kicker grumpy jake (10.3) ranks 15th.

• Although Michigan is a heavy favorite in every game so far and the Wolverines quickly jumped to the lead in all three contests, opponents combined to average less than 100 yards per game (91.3) through the air. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 3.5 yards per attempt (274 yards on 77 passes).

• The run defense is even tighter, limiting opponents to 3.0 yards per carry, and opponents have lost 81 yards on sacks. Overall, 14 different players have contributed to 18 tackles for loss, led by mike morris (3.0)

jaylen harrell has been credited by PFFCollege with the highest Pass Rush Production (PRP) rating in the Big Ten. The service is also classified mike morris (nineth), eyabi okie (10), and McGregor Braid (13th) among the best pass-rushers in the conference.

• Defensive back gem green has been targeted more times (six) without allowing a finish than any PFFCollege-rated player. He has a pass breakup, allowing for a 39.6 NFL Passer rating against.

• Defensive back partner will johnson He has also rated favorably, playing 14 of 40 coverage snaps in men’s coverage. Johnson has given up one catch on four targets in such situations, making him the Big Ten cornerback ranked No. 2 in men’s coverage (minimum 30 plays).

• Eight attempts in the 2022 season, no punt returner has gained a yard against the UM punt coverage team and kicker brad robbins, although two have tried without gaining a yard. The other six attempts have been knocked down, caught fairly, or rolled out of bounds.

• Robbins’ performance on two punts of 62 and 53 yards last weekend raised his career average to 43.4 yards on 144 attempts, now within surprising range of the career record (44.3) held by Will Hart (111 attempts).

• With Robbins leading the unit, no opponent has recorded a punt return of more than 10 yards since UM played Ohio State in the 2017 season (92 punts). Robbins missed the 2018 seasons and most of 2019.

• Robbins special teams partner grumpy jake he has allowed a 23-yard return on 22 kickoffs. He also ranked in the top 15 all-time scoring at UM with 239 points. With another eight points, he will overtake former teammate Quinn Nordin (246 points) and break into the top 10 all-time.

• Clearance return AJ Henningwho returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Maryland last year and a punt for a touchdown last weekend against UConn, is the fourth player in Michigan history with a career kickoff touchdown and punt return ( Steve Breaston, Desmond Howard, Dave Raimey).

• Maryland is the home state of five Wolverines: Edges derrick moore, eyabi okiedefensive lineman krisjenkinsdefensive back quinten johnsonand offensive lineman Olusegun Oluwatimi. Also, the corridor Blake Corum and linebacker Nihai Hill-Green he attended school at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore.

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