Monday, April 16, 2012
Michigan spring game recap
By Brian Bennett
We're recapping all of the Big Ten spring games from over the weekend. Let's check in on how the Michigan Wolverines fared.
You can read coverage of Michigan's spring game here, here, here and here.
Star of the game: Linebacker Brandin Hawthorne, who had five tackles and an interception.
How it went down: This wasn't a full fledged spring game because of depth issues, and instead Michigan held a 60-play controlled scrimmage. The offense technically won 17-0, but the defense still claimed victory.
The first- and second-team offenses scored a total of only two touchdowns, both on runs by backup tailback Thomas Rawls. In addition to Hawthorne's interception, Blake Countess picked off backup quarterback Devin Gardner.
Of course, all defensive praise must be tempered with the realization that quarterback Denard Robinson played only the first series Saturday, as the staff wanted to get a look at his backups. There wasn't much need to see Robinson in a spring game setting, but we all know he can put a ton of pressure on a defense all by himself.
Third-string quarterback Russell Bellomy was 6-for-9 for 40 yards. Fitz Toussaint had 39 yards on five carries, while Rawls added 42 yards on 10 attempts. Defensive tackle Jibreel Black had the game's lone sack.
Hard to read much into this very basic scrimmage, but it was nice to see the defense have a good day considering some of the issues the team has up front in replacing three starters.
"In the body of work, there were some awfully good things in the course of the spring," head coach Brady Hoke told reporters. "We're tougher as a team than we were a year ago."