Here are the Decal Champions for game 11 by Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis:
OFFENSIVE CHAMPIONS – As a senior, you always want to go out with a bang and leave it all on the field. De’Veon Smith once again gave his all, left no doubt and left nothing on the field Saturday. A career best 158 yards and two TD’s was the perfect ending for Michigan’s battering-ram of a runner. Never one to take the easy route or run out of bounds, Smith once again showed that he has a nose for the endzone. His two scores were classic Smith runs and a great way to punctuate your last game at The Big House.
I also wanted to call out Ben Bredeson for his play Saturday. He seemed to always be getting to the second level on his blocks and paving the way for Smith and his scores in the second half. I thought #74 was the best O-lineman out there and reminded me of another #74 – Mike Husar. He was another stalwart from 30 years ago who was a critical cog in those great O-lines that blocked for coach Harbaugh when he was a QB at Michigan.
DEFENSIVE CHAMPIONS – I’m not sure that I have ever seen a more talented group of Michigan defensive backs than this year’s unit. Every guy has great cover skills, can close and pursue, but more importantly, can wrap up and tackle. There have been some great Wolverine Secondaries in the past that may have featured one or two studs, but top to bottom this year’s group makes each opposing QB throw a perfect ball every time and against every DB. Usually there will be one or two guys that an opponent can pick on and go after, but not with this team. They ALL are lights out. Because they create so many incompletions, maybe we should call them the Legion of INC? J
SPECIAL TEAMS CHAMPION – Once again, Kenny Allen was solid in everything he did. He put up two field goals but just as importantly, he pinned IU deep on at least four occasions with his punts. His non-returnable touchbacks also help set the Michigan defense up with good field position and is just another example of how important the kicking game is.
COACHING CHAMPION – I touched on it above, but you gotta credit Mike Zordich & Brian Smith for the job they have done with this Wolverine Secondary. They are a confident, aggressive and talented group that has been shutting down opponent’s passing attacks all year long. Last week they shut down Iowa’s passing game and Saturday they did the same against the Hoosiers. Spread Offenses can make any defense look bad by putting everyone on an island, but not this group – they have no fear! Let’s hope they can shut down those hairless nuts from Columbus next week!
UNIFORM CHAMPION – For all of you who complained that there were too many decals on the helmets last year, I noticed that not one player’s helmet is “full” of stickers this year.
Maybe it’s because they are a tad smaller in size this year? Maybe it’s because they are oriented and positioned properly this year? Or maybe no stickers were awarded last week after the Iowa game? Not sure, but I do like the look, and will see if I can find out what the real story is.
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)
Week 8: Amarah Darboh and Wilton Speight (O), Jabrill Peppers and Jourdan Lewis (D), Kenny Allen (ST), Jim Harbaugh (C), white Jumpman Towels (Uni)
Week 9: Wilton Speight (O), Ben Gedeon (D), Kenny Allen (ST), Offensive coaches (C), Juwann Bushell-Beatty and his roaming jersey # (Uni), Ricky Leach
Week 10: N/A
Week 11: De’Veon Smith & Bed Bredeson (O), M defensive backs (D), Kenny Allen (ST), Mike Zordich & Brian Smith (C), volume of helmet stickers (Uni)