Michigan vs. Notre Dame: Grading All Wolverines Starters on Offense and Defense
A handful of players played very badly, while many others stepped up and performed well.
So, who was it who played well? Here's a quick look at each starter. An "E" is the lowest grade possible.
QB: Denard Robinson
Four interceptions is an absolute joke, and is not acceptable by any means. Enough said.
RB: Fitzgerald Toussaint
Toussaint looked good on a handful of runs, but was stuffed in the backfield on a number of others.
He only rushed for 58 yards and needs to become a bigger part of the offense going forward.
WR: Roy Roundtree
Roundtree was more of a factor this week than others, which was good to see.
But still, three catches for 30 yards is just not enough.
WR: Devin Gardner
Gardner continues to play at a high level, reeling in 40 receiving yards again on Saturday night.
Let's just hope his injury isn't too serious.
WR: Jeremy Gallon
Gallon made his presence felt Saturday night, both rushing and catching the ball.
He still needs to be more productive, though.
TE: Devin Funchess
We didn't even hear Funchess' name until very late in the game. He only finished with two catches for 11 yards.
LT: Taylor Lewan
The line has pass-protected well all year, and the run-blocking finally looked better as well.
LG: Ricky Barnum
The run-blocking took a big step forward Saturday night. It needs to continue to get better as the line players get more familiar with each other.
C: Elliott Mealer
We saw our first bobbled snap of the year last night. Whether that's Robinson's fault or Mealer's can be debated.
RG: Patrick Omameh
The fifth-year senior has been somewhat of a disappointment so far, but the O-line did make big strides Saturday night.
RT: Michael Schofield
The running lanes were huge at times on Saturday, and at other times there weren't any. This offensive line will get better as the season progresses, though.
DL: Craig Roh
We didn't hear or see much from Craig Roh on Saturday night, as has so often become the case.
DL: Will Campbell
The D-line took an absolutely HUGE step forward on Saturday, and Campbell was probably a big reason why.
DL: Quinton Washington
Like Campbell, Washington has to be a force at tackle, and they do seem to be taking the necessary steps forward.
DL: Frank Clark
We didn't hear quite as much from Clark as we had in other weeks, but he is still a freakish athlete.
LB: Kenny Demens
Once again, Demens started the game, and once again he was replaced at times by a true freshman.
We definitely saw more of Bolden than Ross, but regardless, Demens is seeing the field less and less.
LB: Desmond Morgan
After not playing last week, Morgan bounced back and had a solid game, making solo tackles in the open field a number of times.
LB: Jake Ryan
Simply put, Jake Ryan is a playmaker. He wasn't as active on Saturday, but he still made his presence felt a number of times.
CB: J.T. Floyd
The lasting image is of Floyd whiffing on Tyler Eifert, which ended the game.
Still, Floyd made some plays at times, so his performance wasn't a total failure.
CB: Raymon Taylor
Well, Taylor sure started the game off with a bang. His first career interception set Michigan's offense up perfectly, but failing to execute was the story of the night.
S: Thomas Gordon
Gordon's interception in the end zone was huge, as was his performance most of the night. The secondary as a whole played exceptionally.
S: Jordan Kovacs
Again, Michigan's secondary was solid all night, holding Notre Dame to only 145 passing yards. For the most part, it played very, very well.