5 Players to Watch This Week For Michigan vs. Western Michigan

5 Players to Watch This Week For Michigan vs. Western Michigan

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5 Players to Watch This Week For Michigan vs. Western Michigan

Coming into week two, both Michigan and Western Michigan are trying to get that first victory of the season. Both teams lost week one, but that doesn’t mean the players on their teams played poorly. There were some great performances last week by certain players on each team, and others that could have improved. Here are five players to watch in this weeks game.

1. QB Shea Patterson – Michigan

Despite going 20/30 for 227 yards on his debut, fans aren’t happy with Patterson’s week one performance. While he did throw an interception on a play that he could have just thrown the ball away, Patterson did well overall. He had issues with protection, which was a cause for that interception as he was trying to make a play and get his team back in the game.

Western allowed 226 passing yards and two touchdowns last week against Syracuse, so it still might be a challenge for Patterson to get things going, but Patterson should showcase why he was a five star recruit out of high school in this game.

2. WR D’Wayne Eskridge – Western Michigan

Talk about a game for D’Wayne Eskridge. The wide receiver was the MAC West Offensive player of the week after his performance against Syracuse, finishing with eight catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

Michigan only allowed 170 passing yards total last week against Notre Dame so Eskridge will be against tougher competition, and with cornerbacks Lavert Hill and David Long out there, they might be assigned to cover Eskridge as he could see some double team action as well.

3. HB Karan Higdon – Michigan

Karan Higdon had an average game last week, getting 21 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown, but he and the offensive line had their issues. At times the line wouldn’t be able to create many holes for him, but other times there were holes and Higdon just couldn’t execute on them.

Western allowed 334 rushing yards last week, and while a majority of them were from the quarterbacks, this week it could come from the Michigan running backs and seeing how many yards Syracuse got last week, Michigan should be shooting for more.

4. QB Jon Wassink – Western Michigan

Despite the loss last week, quarterback Jon Wassink played well overall. He went 19/36 on 379 yards on three touchdowns but threw two interceptions. He was able to pick apart and throw against Syracuse, but his task will be much harder against the Wolverines defense, who held Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush to 170 passing yards.

The Wolverines were able to get one interception against Wimbush but had opportunities to get more, but they slipped out of their hands or were just out of reach. Don’t expect them to make those same mistakes again this week.

5. LB Devin Bush – Michigan

The junior captain at linebacker Devin Bush did well last week against Notre Dame, getting seven tackles and one and a half sacks, but he was struggling to stay on the field. The humidity took a toll on a lot of players last week on both teams, that won’t be an issue this week as it is supposed to be 70 degrees with 60% humidity, nothing like the previous week.

So seeing him stay on the field will be a lasting impact on this team, as him and many other players were resting, getting fluids, now we get to see them in a normal environment. Bush should have a better opportunity to do what he does best, hitting players hard.

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