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Posted on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

Grade the Wolverines: Your chance to rate Michigan's performance against Illinois

By Pete Cunningham


Michigan defense tackles Illinois running back Donovonn Young in the second quarter on Saturday.

Daniel Brenner |

The Michigan football team improved to 2-0 in Big Ten play with a 45-0 win over Illinois on Saturday.

Michigan football writer Kyle Meinke passed out grades and -- surprise, surprise -- almost everyone made the honor roll.

Now it's your chance to grade the Wolverines.


Denard Robinson ran wild and was efficient in the passing game. Michigan scored early and often and was able to have its way with the Fighting Illini basically from start to finish.


Led by linebacker Jake Ryan's 11 tackles 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles Michigan beat up Illinois and walked away with a shutout.

Special Teams

When the other team only kicks off once, it's hard to get a gauge on the kick return game. Brendan Gibbons was solid once again and Michigan returned three punts for 56 yards.


Tough to criticize the guys making the decisions when the team wins 45-0...or is it?


Put it all together, and what do you get?

Pete Cunningham covers sports for



Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 11:26 p.m.

Was hoping for something like this on both sides of the ball. Given the rain, I was glad Michigan didn't turn the ball over more. The Michigan Defense played a bruising game. They are starting to inflict pain on their opponents. Denard played very well and did what he had to. Tailback by committee was super. Give 'em all some meaningful snaps. Michigan is emotionally and physically ready to hand it to Sparty. Their tailspin is another story. No tears shed, here. GO BLUE!!!