By Ed Baylor: The Michigan Wolverines made easy work of the completely overmatched Appalachian St team in blowing them out by a 52-14 score. The one-sided victory by the Wolverines effectively put the other Big 10 schools on notice that the Wolverines are for real.
The Ohio State Buckeyes, who had to struggle to defeat Navy, had to be feeling a little uneasy about the prospects of playing Michigan this season, especially without Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller, who is lost for the season with a shoulder injury.
The Wolverines head coach Brady Hoake has done a great job of putting together a running back crew that looks like they’d give any team in NCAA problems.
Wolverines’ running back Derrick Green rushed for 170 yards, and De’Veon Bell added 115 yards respectively. Bell scored two touchdowns, whereas Green had 1.
This Saturday, Michigan has a tough game ahead of them against Notre Dame. This is going to be a test that will give an indication whether the Wolverines are for real or not, because Notre Dame is a very live team and capable of giving any team problems.
The addition of Bell and Green to the Wolverines offense helps them out immensely, as a last season they were totally reliant on quarterback Devin Gardner to do both their running and throwing. He’s a good passer, but his running skills aren’t on par with former Wolverines quarterback Denard “The Weapon” Robinson.
Bell and Green were able to frequently rip through huge holes in the Appalachian line to hit the secondary. They often weren’t hit until a cornerback or safety came up to stop them after they’d run 10 yards down the field.
They had a couple of long runs of 61 and 62 yards, but they didn’t have the breakaway speed to run for a touchdown. Bell and Green are more shifty type running backs rather than the type who will run away from the defenders.