5 Players to Watch Against SMU

5 Players to Watch Against SMU

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5 Players to Watch Against SMU

Coming into week three, Michigan has moved up the rankings from 21 to 19 and is looking to get another victory, this time against the SMU Mustangs. Michigan will have to treat every game like it’s do or die as their season depends on it and they can’t slip up anymore, no matter who it is. With that said, here are five players to watch in this weeks game.

1. QB Shea Patterson – Michigan

Patterson rebounded well against Western Michigan last week, going 12/17 for 125 yards and three touchdowns. He would sit out the fourth quarter as backups Dylan McCaffrey and Brandon Peters came in and finished the game for Patterson.

Against an SMU defense that has allowed 615 passing yards so far this season, Patterson could really blow up and have his best game yet as a Wolverine if he can exploit the SMU defense.

2. WR James Proche – SMU

Last week, the Wolverine defense was focused on shutting down Western Michigan’s top wide receiver, and they did that. Now it is SMU’s turn, and their player is James Proche. Proche leads the team in catches and yards with eight catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.

You will most likely see cornerback Lavert Hill on Proche, but Michigan has a good three-man rotation in the cornerback position with Hill, David Long, and Brandon Watson, so you could also see the other two take on Proche.

3. DB  Ambry Thomas – Michigan

Defensive back Ambry Thomas had a great start to the season against Notre Dame as he would have a 99-yard kick return for a touchdown.

After this game, fans were wondering if Thomas could see some time on the offensive side of the ball. When Harbaugh was asked that question, he said: “I think we could.”

Thomas would see one play on offense against Western Michigan, getting five yards on a pop pass from Patterson. Thomas could maybe see the same kind of treatment against SMU, or Michigan could save his skills and plays in games against bigger opponents.

4. S  Patrick Nelson – SMU

Your leading tackler shouldn’t be your safety. If your leading tackler is your safety, it means your defense is relying on the last guy on the field to prevent a touchdown. Nelson has a total of 20 tackles, two and a half for loss, and two pass deflections.

Michigan might meet Nelson a lot if they are destroying the SMU defense and connecting on deep passes, or opening up holes for the running backs, Nelson could be the last line of defense.

5. WR Nico Collins – Michigan

After having a great camp, wide receiver Nico Collins has been looked at as an upcoming star in the receiving core and with leading receiver, Tarik Black injured and on the sidelines, Collins has stepped up, leading the team in yards with 110 on four catches, along with a touchdown. He only had the lone 44-yard catch for a touchdown on Saturday, again because the run game was doing so well that the Wolverines didn’t need to pass the ball.

Collins needs to have a big game to put his name on the map and that opportunity is against this SMU defense that struggles in covering wide receivers. A great game is there for the taking for Collins, he just has to go out and play.

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