Ed.  Steve Sapardanis aka “Dr. Sap” is back with his decals. 

This week I added the Editor’s Pick & the Fan Award.  Here are the picks from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7 and Week 8 and Week 9 and Week 10 and Week 11.

OFFENSE

JEREMY GALLON – I think “10-Gallon Hat” played his best and toughest game as a Wolverine on Saturday. He made several big time and clutch catches that kept drives alive and played with a level of determination that I had not seen out of him. He clearly understood the magnitude of the game and stepped up his own accordingly.

DEFENSE

FRANK CLARK – His blind-side sack on Braxton Miller in the second quarter was a TREMENDOUS hit and one that evoked memories for me of another seismic hit in a big game. In the 1979 Rose Bowl, Michigan linebacker Jerry Meter almost decapitated USC QB Paul McDonald on a similar play. I’ve put the two next to each other below – amazing how similar they look!

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SPECIAL TEAMS

DENNIS NORFLEET – I’m going with #26 here not because of his returns. It was his heads up play on OSU’s muffed punt that gave Michigan the ball. He swatted the ball towards his teammates and allowed Marvin Robinson to make the recovery for UM. He also got away with a facemask call on a kick-return tackle he made, but believe me, you will take ANY calls that go your way in Columbus because they are certainly few and far between.

[Ed. Plus there was this:]

HUSTLER /
SPARKPLUG

DENARD ROBINSON & JORDAN KOVACS – Even with one hand and recognizing the turnovers that happened, Denard is still the most electric player I’ve watched since Anthony Carter. His 67-yard TD run was electrifying and brought you out of your seat. Kovacs gave it everything he had and left it on the field on Saturday. He is a player I wish would never use up his eligibility and never leave the program because he is MICHIGAN. Note to the coaching staff: can you find a few more like him?

EDITOR’S PICK

ROY ROUNDTREE -  Was a baller out there Saturday and even went inverted:

UNIFORM CHAMP

SHORT-SLEEVE HOKE – Before we get into WHO Coach Hoke looked like by going with short-sleeves at the Horseshoe in November (his initials are Wayne Woodrow Hayes), let me tell you first-hand how cold it was in Ohio Stadium.

Sure there were flurries and yes it was 31 degrees at kickoff, but it was the wind that was making it MUCH colder than the announced temperature. I wore the following while sitting in the upper deck of the Snakepit on Saturday: two pairs of socks, thermal underwear, lined sweat pants, t-shirt, turtleneck, two sweatshirts, a hooded-sweatshirt and a full-length coat with attached hood AND I WAS STILL FREEZING!!
I don’t know how you did it, coach!

UFER MAIZE & BLUE
FEDORA FAN

how about KRYK AND DR. SAP (right)?!


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Matt Wile: 5 decals – for 5 Non-Returnable (Aluminum Beer Can) Kickoffs!* Don’t kid yourself at the importance of these kicks – they forced Illinois to drive 80 yards almost all game and that made a HUGE difference!
Fitzgerald Toussaint: 3 decals – 1st QTR 65-yard run, 25-yard run, and 4th QTR 27-yard TD run
David Molk: 3 decals – seal blocks on Toussaint 65-yard and 25-yard runs in 1st QTR, seal block on Denard 2-yard TD run in 2nd Qtr
J.T. Floyd: 4 decals – 1st QTR PBU, 4th QTR INT (would have given one more for a pick-six!), 4th QTR PBU, +1 editor’s choice, for transforming into Chuck Woodson for this game, wow.
Ryan Van Bergen: 3 decals – 3rd QTR sack, and two 4th QTR sacks
Denard Robinson: 2 decals – 5-yard TD run in 1st QTR, 2-yard TD run in 2nd QTR. 
Jake Ryan: 2 decals – 1st QTR TFL, 3rd QTR PASTING hit on QB during option-pitch – outstanding!
Jordan Kovacs: 3 decals: 1 for forced fumble in 2nd QTR, 1 for TFL in 3rd QTR, and +1 editor’s choice for actually being Zack Novak and fooling us this whole time.
Thomas Gordon: 2 decals for fumble recovery in 2nd QTR and PBU in 4th QTR
Michael Schofield: 1 decal for seal block on Toussaint 65-yard run in 1st QTR
Will Hagerup: 1 decal for 1st QTR punt OOB inside Illini 15-yard line. Kipke-esque!
Craig Roh: 1 decal for 1st QTR TFL
Jeremy Gallon: 2 decals – 1 decal for 37-yard punt return in 1st QTR and  +1 editor’s choice: We’re getting spoiled—Gallon has completely turned around my comfort level on punt returns and starting to make it a weapon. 
Kevin Koger: 1 decal for 39-yard clinic on keeping-your-feet-moving-until-someone-(finally)-drags-you-down reception in 2nd QTR
Blake Countess: 1 decal for 2nd QTR PBU
Kenny Demens: 1 decal for 2nd QTR sack
Desmond Morgan: 1 decal for bone-jarring hit on Illini RB in 3rd QTR – Ron Simpkins would be proud of that stick!
John McColgan: 1 decal for muffed punt recovery in 3rd QTR
Junior Hemingway: 1 decal for 20-yard reception in 3rd QTR
Brendan Gibbons: 1 decal for 27-yard FG in 3rd QTR
Devin Gardner: 3 decals.  1 decal for 27-yard TD pass to Martavious Odoms in 4th QTR, and +2 editor’s choice: +1 for third down conversion to Hemingway, +1 for stepping in and finishing off the game when Denard was down—excellent stuff.
Martavious Odoms: 1 decal for 27-yard TD reception 4th QTR.  [Ed. Ace and I call him Dooms.  Or when I’m feeling emotional, Moods.  Yes, there’s another way to spell it but I’m steering clear of that.] 
Mike Martin: 1 decal for 4th QTR sack
Roy Roundtree: 1 decal onside kick recovery in 4th QTR.  [Ed. Gotta be like the 3rd or 4th time this season Treezy did nothing all game only to make a big play at the very end.  Love Treezy.]

* The Aluminum Beer Can reference is a nod to the late and great Bob Ufer. Back in the 70’s, recycling wasn’t a big part of the American way and aluminum beer cans were a no deposit/no return setup. So when you were done with your PBR, you just tossed it (preferably in the garbage), but you weren’t getting 10 cents for it at the grocery store!

Updated season tally (leaders):

  Total
Denard Robinson 32
Ryan Van Bergen 15
Vincent Smith 14
Jordan Kovacs 13
Craig Roh 12
Jake Ryan 12
JT Floyd 10
Fitz Toussaint 10
Jeremy Gallon 9
Desmond Morgan 9
Brendan Gibbons 9
Blake Countess 9
Mike Martin 9
Matt Wile 9
Thomas Gordon 8
Devin Gardner 7
Big Will Campbell 6
Mark Huyge 6
Kevin Koger 6
Will Hagerup 5
Kenny Demens 5