3 Things to Watch for Against Florida

3 Things to Watch for Against Florida

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3 Things to Watch for Against Florida

The last time Michigan played football they were embarrassed on national television against their rival, losing their Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff hopes. This time they look to erase that and start heading towards their 2019 goals and while the 2019 season hasn’t started yet, ending the 2018 season on the right foot is a great way to gain confidence and look towards the next season as a better year.

Michigan plays its new rival in Florida once again in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georiga. Michigan’s last bowl win came against, you guessed it, Florida. Michigan will look to do it again so check out the three things you should watch out for on Saturday.

1. How Does Don Brown Respond?

Michigan got throttled against Ohio State, 62-39 and Michigan had the number one defense coming into that matchup. While they still hold that ranking as the number one defense, they want to show that the huge loss was a mistake and it won’t happen again.

Defensive coordinator Don Brown lost sleep when he allowed 42 points from Penn State, imagine how he is feeling on allowing 62 and against Ohio State. Brown is without defensive end Rashan Gary, linebacker Devin Bush and he has a banged-up defensive end Chase Winovich. He still has freshmen that haven’t seen any playing time or bench players that could start playing, so he could start showing us the future of the Michigan defense on Saturday.

Brown will want redemption and while he won’t get the perfect redemption until November 2019 when Michigan plays Ohio State, but he can start the build up for that game on Saturday and Florida is his first victim.

2. Who Puts Themselves On The Map As The Number One Running Back For 2019?

With starting running back Karan Higdon missing the bowl game to focus on the NFL draft, the battle for the starting job at running back starts sooner than expected. While there are no freshmen that can throw their hat in the ring just yet, expect it to be a three-man battle between Chris Evans, Tru Wilson, and Christian Turner.

Evans has the most experience out of all the running backs on the roster and has the lead so far in the race, but it isn’t over yet. Wilson has stepped up big this season as he has seen more playing time with Higdon and Evans dealing with minor injuries. Turner has only seen playing time in garbage time, but after a good bowl preparation, Turner has been turning heads on the coaching staff.

Expect all three to get plenty of playing time, but whoever starts heating up will get the ball more and put themselves in the lead for the starting job next year as Higdon will have graduated and in the NFL.

3. Which Underclassman Steps Up?

With linebacker Devin Bush, defensive end Rashan Gary, offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty and Higdon all missing Saturday’s game it gives a chance for other players to step up and prove what they can do. Bowl games are known for these kinds of things, but when players are missing the game due to injury or to stay healthy for the draft, it just gives more chances for players to ball out.

Many players and coaches on the team have shared who they believe who has stepped up in bowl preparation. The list is long and some of these players might not play on Saturday, but they will certainly be names to keep your eyes and ears on if they do hit the field on Saturday.

  • Christain Turner
  • Donovan Jeter
  • Aidan Hutchinson
  • Vincent Gray
  • Cam McGrone
  • Jordan Anthony
  • Sammy Faustin
  • J’Marick Woods
  • Ryan Hayes
  • Ambry Thomas
  • Brad Hawkins
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