Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis is back this season with his weekly postgame helmet stickers. Sap would do a backflip if coach Hoke decided to reinstate this tradition that Bo brought to the team in 1969 (from Miami, OH, mind you).
Until that day comes, Sap will bring you his game Champions who will be decorated, albeit virtually, with his helmet stickers. I’ll typically toss in the Fan Award and the Editor’s Choice:
OFFENSIVE LINE – Kind of stepping out on a limb here but, Derrick Green does not run for 137 yards and 2 TDs without some holes being created by the O-Line. Derrick Green does not look like High School Derrick Green without the Big Uglies getting it done up front.
I realize the opponent was a MAC school that hadn’t won a game in almost 2 years, but I saw signs of progress by the Hosses in the trenches. I had a feeling this line would show some addition by subtraction, and now that the 2 senior tackles have left, this unit is starting to gel. Again, I’m not talking B1G Championship here – just saying that when you gain over 450 yards of offense, the guys up front are something right. Doing it in September is one thing. Getting it done in November is another.
|DEFENSIVE CHAMPION||JAKE RYAN – The Manster seemed to be all over the field on Saturday. He was back to his old self – flying around, making stops and in on tackles all over the place. He is that unit’s leader and identity and needs to continue to be the sparkplug on D.|
|SPECIAL TEAMS||DENNIS NORFLEET – His kickoff returns gave Michigan great field position in the first quarter. Those setup the offense for a couple of short fields and early scores and conversely gave Miami poor field position when Michigan’s offense was forced to punt. Sure he was in on the muffed short kick by the Redhawks, but that was offset, in my opinion, by making a tackle on one of the Wolverine kickoffs later in the game.|
M NOSEBUMPER – It’s starting to grow on me now, after having seen it for a few games. I like the look of the “M” and to be quite honest with you, the “MICHIGAN” was kind of small and tough to make out.
Have you noticed that the NFL is doing the same thing by putting the team logos on the helmet nosebumpers? It’s all about the Brand, right?
Well, if you don’t like the “M” what about putting a snarling wolverine head inside of a yellow football up front?? ;)
|BOB UFER COTTON PICKIN’ FAN AWARD||PAPA BUTT & HEADBUTT – References to our beloved tight end named Butt never get old. Well done Butt family:
|EDITOR’S CHOICE||YOUNG BUTT – Everything I hear about this guy behind this scenes points to one thing – this dude is pure gold. Made a really nice athletic play on this touchdown catch over the shoulder. Won’t be long before JBooty_88 becomes JBooty87..|
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