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Posted on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 : 5:02 p.m.

Game balls: Denard Robinson, Vincent Smith and Jeremy Gallon earn top honors

By Jim Knight

Jim Knight hands out game balls after Michigan's 31-3 win over Eastern Michigan:

DENARD ROBINSON (4): The junior quarterback rushed for 198 yards, the third-best total of his career, and also passed for two touchdowns. Only a spotty passing game (7-of-18, one interception) marred his day.

VINCENT SMITH (3): The junior tailback rushed for 118 yards on nine carries and his 38-yard run set up Michigan’s second touchdown of the game. It's the first 100-yard game for a Michigan tailback since Michael Shaw gained 126 against UMass last season.

MICHIGAN'S FIRST-QUARTER DEFENSE (1): The Wolverines allowed Eastern Michigan 140 total offensive yards and seven first downs in the opening quarter. The Eagles were intercepted in the end zone and turned the ball over on downs at the 1-yard-line.

MICHIGAN'S DEFENSE THE REST OF THE WAY (3): Eastern Michigan was limited to five first downs and 96 total yards for the final three quarters. The Eagles didn't drive deeper than the Michigan 40-yard-line after Kody Fulkerson's field goal on the first play of the second quarter.

JEREMY GALLON (3): The redshirt sophomore caught three passes for 43 yards and looked solid in the punt return game, although his return of about 80 yards in the second quarter was nullified by a penalty.



Sun, Sep 18, 2011 : 11:05 a.m.

Kudos to the defense. Another slow start, but they eventually took over and held EMU to less than 250 yards total offense. Yeah, I now it's only Eastern, but still... We've got to get some production from Roy Roundtree. He's supposed to be our best receiver, and he has ambitions of wearing the #1 jersey next year. He had no catches yesterday, only 1 (granted a big one) against ND, and 3 catches all year. This "square peg / round hole" problem on offense may not be all Denard's fault. GO BLUE!!!


Mon, Sep 19, 2011 : 2:40 a.m.

Junior Hemmingway is our best receiver. Oh, and the #1 jersey is a myth.


Sat, Sep 17, 2011 : 11:40 p.m.

Looks good to me...I am liking Jeremy Gallon a lot more. His stock must be rising amongst the coaching staff. Fitz Toussaint also made a difference. No doubt that Denard is the spark plug. Once he makes a few big plays with his feet, he got the whole offense clicking and they looked much better. Yea, they really need to start the game like that. Maybe next week? It needs to get going sooner, like next week.