Here are the Decal Champions for Week Seven by Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis:
OFFENSIVE CHAMPION – When it gets close to the goal line, you gotta love Khalid “The Hammer” Hill. Michigan hasn’t had a battering-ram of a back since…Leroy Hoard? It’s got to be an awesome feeling for a coach & a team to know that when you get close, The Hammer is going to seal the deal. Red zone efficiency is an important metric and when you can punch it in from in close, you pretty much punch out your opponent.
DEFENSIVE CHAMPION – I’m starting to get the impression that Rashan Gary is adjusting to the speed and strength of the college game. Believe me, it IS a step up from high school, even if you are as big and strong and quick as #3. He’s starting to make his presence known and felt and that is impressive midway through his freshman year.
SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION – Khaleke Hudson and his blocked punt was the kiss of death for the Illini. Why? Because 90% of the time, the team that blocks a punt, wins the game. It’s demoralizing for one team and jacks up the other. And when a team like Michigan gets jacked up, look out! It becomes infectious and permeates to other groups of the team. And when that happens, it’s all downhill from there for the opponent.
COACHING CHAMPION – For the second game, Michigan has used a ton of runningbacks and I think Coach Tyrone Wheatley needs to get some love for the job he has done with the guys carrying the rock. Having depth is one thing, but having quality depth that seems to have a different group contributing each week is another. TW is coaching these guys up and it shows. Whether it’s #4, #12, #22, #32 or even #5, these guys can carry the load when called upon.
UNIFORM CHAMPION – As long as the white socks are worn on the road, I’m down with the blue socks at home.
The look is growing on me and I think it looks sharp with the home unis.
Week 1: Chris Evans (Offense), D: Mike McCray (Defense), Jabrill Peppers (Special Teams), Don Brown (Coach), Michigan helmet (Uniform)
Week 2: Wilton Speight (O), Jabrill Peppers (O), Tyree Kinnel/Chris Wormley (ST), Chris Partridge (C), Soles of shoes (Uni)
Week 3: Jake Butt (O), Jabrill Peppers (D), Jabrill Peppers (ST), Don Brown (C), Helmet Stickers (Uni)
Week 4: De’Veon Smith (O), Maurice Hurst (D), Kenny Allen (ST), Greg Mattison (C), #26 White Shoe Laces (Uni)
Week 5: Wilton Speight & Amara Darboh (O), Channing Stribling (D), Jourdan Lewis (ST), Jay Harbaugh (C), Jumpman do-rag (Uni)
Week 6: Jabrill Peppers (O), (D), (ST), Entire Staff (C), White socks (Uni)
Week 7: Khalid Hill (O), Rashan Gary (D), Khaleke Hudson (ST), Coach Tyrone Wheatley (C), blue socks (Uni)