October 8, 2012

Linebackers Ryan, Demens and Morgan crack Hot 11

Michigan's linebacking corps has found itself the center of criticism this season, but after a slow start, the unit seems to be finding its way, with Kenny Demens, Jake Ryan and Desmond Morgan all contributing significantly in Saturday's win.








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TheWolverine.com Hot 11

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1




face="verdana">Denard Robinson,

QB

style="font-family: verdana;">Robinson
bounced back from his sub-par outing against Notre Dame in
a BIG way, rushing for 235 yards and accounting for 340
yards of total offense in Michigan's win. The senior
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produced the fifth
200-yard rushing game of his career, moving him into a tie
with Mike Hart
(2004-07) for first place, his ninth effort of 150 yards
or more (second all time)
and his 17th game of at least 100 yards (fifth).





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face="verdana">Jake Ryan,

LB

style="font-family: verdana;">The redshirt sophomore
spearheaded a stout defensive performance against the
Boilermakers, sharing the team lead for tackles with six.
Among his production, Ryan notched a sack and two tackles
for loss and now leads the team with four stops behind the
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face="verdana">Raymon Taylorface="verdana">,

CB

face="verdana">Coach Brady Hoke noted after the game that
Taylor plays an aggressive brand of football, and that's
an advantage for a young player still learning the nuances
of his position. The sophomore cornerback's attacking
style certainly paid off Saturday as he returned an INT 63
yards for a score while also playing tight coverage. 


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face="verdana">Kenny
Demens
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LB

style="font-family: verdana;">style="font-family: verdana;">Reports of Demens' demise
seem silly now after the fifth-year senior has put
together back-to-back solid efforts. Of course, it did
appear the threat of losing his job to a true freshman may
have been just the motivation Demens needed. On Saturday,
he had six stops and was in the right position on his
drops, helping to bottle up the Purdue running and passing
games. 
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style="font-family: verdana;">Jeremy Gallon,


WR

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redshirt junior remains a central focal point of the
Michigan offense, finishing with six touches on the
afternoon, including three runs for 13 yards and three
receptions for a team-high 37 yards. Gallon showed his
wiggle and explosiveness when he took a screen pass 28
yards, setting up U-M's fourth touchdown of the day.

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face="verdana">J.T. Floyd,

CB

face="verdana">This was the kind of game expected out of a
fifth-year senior in his third full season a starter.
Floyd was all over his man Saturday, jumping routes to
break up two passes, while keeping any Purdue gains at a
minimum. He finished with five stops and was a big reason
why the Boilermakers threw for only 157 yards, 105 less
than their four-game average. 

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face="verdana">Brendan
Gibbons,


PK

face="verdana">Gibbons missed his first attempt, from 44
yards and into the wind, but he drilled his next three,
good from 29, 42 and 27 yards, and continues to inspire
confidence in Michigan's kicking game. The redshirt junior
has now made 6 of 8 attempts this season and is 19 for 25
in his two years U-M's starter. face="verdana">
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face="verdana">Desmond Morgan,

LB

face="verdana">All three Michigan linebackers played well
against the Gold and Black, with all three finishing with
six tackles in the victory. Morgan also picked up two
stops behind the line of scrimmage, and now shares the
team lead in that category with four. He has also
responded well to the talk of a potential benching in
favor of a true freshman.

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face="verdana">Devin Gardner,

WR

face="verdana">It wasn't a big day for Gardner, who
finished with two grabs for 31 yards, and he had a drop
that he needs to catch, but both of his receptions went
for first downs and he turned his 23-yard haul into a
touchdown when he fought to cross the goal line with a
defender draped on his back. With four touchdowns among 13
receptions, Gardner has scored on 30 percent of his
touches this year.  
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face="verdana">Craig Roh,

DE

face="verdana">The Boilermakers finished with 56 yards on
23 carries, averaging only 2.2 yards per rush, and the
credit for that goes to U-M's front seven, beginning with
its defensive line. The unit is playing better and Roh is
the poster child for that improvement, finding his way at
strongside defensive end. He also created pressure on the
QB Saturday, tallying a sack among his five stops. 

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face="verdana">Thomas Rawls,

RB




style="font-family: verdana;">The sophomore got a chance
late, and rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown on just four
carries (8.3 yards per rush), generating considerable
post-game buzz that he should take the starting job away
from Fitz Toussaint. Rawls benefited from working against
Purdue's second-stringers, but he did move forward on
every carry, going for five, two and 19 yards before the
seven-yard TD.

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