Michigan Football: Spring Game Offense First Look

Austin Fox, Staff Writer

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The offense in Saturday’s contest actually looked more explosive than those of recent spring games, with a number of big plays occurring throughout.

Redshirt junior Wilton Speight started at quarterback for the Blue Team, sophomore Chris Evans at running back and fifth-year senior Khalid Hill at fullback. Speight threw an interception in the endzone late in the game that redshirt sophomore safety Jordan Glasgow returned for a touchdown. Fifth-year senior John O’Korn was the first quarterback in after Speight, while junior Karan Higdon was next in at running back after Evans. Sophomore running back Tru Wilson, who played safety last year, received extensive action in the second half.

The starting offensive line for the Blue Team was senior Mason Cole, sophomore Ben Bredeson, fifth-year senior Pat Kugler, sophomore Michael Onwenu and redshirt sophomore Jon Runyan Jr. They had a tough time creating running lanes for the running backs throughout, but there were a few nice holes at times.

Redshirt freshman Stephen Spanellis subbed in along the offensive line later in the game, as did sophomores Andrew Vastardis and Greg Robinson.

Sophomores Nate Johnson and Eddie McDoom, and freshmen Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones were the primary wide receivers. Unfortunately, McDoom went down with an injury toward the end of the game and stayed down for a bit. Black had two beautiful catches along the sideline late in the contest, including one in which he reached over freshman cornerback Benjamin St-Juste.

Sophomore Sean McKeon started at tight end, and caught two passes for 22 yards in the first half. Sophomore Connor Edmonds also saw time at tight end behind McKeon late in the game.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters started at quarterback for the Maize Team, and showed some mobility with his feet, including a touchdown run in the second half. Sophomore Michael Sessa also saw action, and made a beautiful throw along the sideline to Black in the second half.

Fifth-year senior Henry Poggi started at fullback, while fifth-year senior Ty Isaac got the nod at running back. Isaac ripped off an impressive 28-yard touchdown run in the second half. Redshirt freshman running back Kareem Walker surprisingly didn’t see action until fairly late in the game, but looked impressive on a few runs. Senior Joe Hewlett was the other running back who saw action for the Maize Team.

Redshirt junior Mo Ways and sophomore Kekoa Crawford were the primary receivers. Sophomore Nate Schoenle saw lots of action late in the game, and made a very difficult catch over the middle.

Redshirt sophomore Tyrone Wheatley Jr. was the top tight end, while redshirt sophomore Zach Gentry also saw plenty of action, including a 55-yard touchdown catch from Peters. Sophomore Nick Eubanks also played plenty.

Early enrollee freshman Cesar Ruiz started on the offensive line, and although he obviously has enormous potential, he got beat quite a few times.

A number of players didn’t play in today’s game for unknown reasons, including redshirt junior wide receiver Drake Harris, redshirt junior tight end Ian Bunting, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Nolan Ulizio and redshirt junior offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty.


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