Oct 5, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- From The Film Room

Posted at 12:00pm — 10/8/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — From The Film Room

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This is one of those games (Minn.) that the more you watch the film the more you come away with very mixed thoughts and evaluations. From just a time standpoint, this game (because both teams decided to overemphasize the run) really flew by and there were very few impact type of plays. But some observations.

2) 5 games, 5 starts and I still see Kalis making the same mistakes. There are some who claim Kalis has issues “pulling”, but the film to me shows Kalis consistently being able to get to the proper place when “pulling”, the problem is numerous times Kalis simply did not hit anyone when in the proper position. On two very plays, Kalis had options to hit a couple of players and basically (seemingly because of indecision) ended up hitting nobody and the running play which had big potential ended up with a minimal gain.

While most people spent most of this game evaluating the impact Bryant had on the OL, Kalis is a key part of this OL who needs to show some progress.

Oct 5, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) avoids a tackle by Michigan Wolverines safety Thomas Gordon (30) in the second half at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 42-13. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

4) Talk about down years, what has happened with the Gordons? Not only do I rarely hear their names during broadcasts, but in film they are nowhere to be seen. In fact, except at times when our safeties seem to get lost in pass coverage they are not involved with many plays. Now I do know that scheme wise Mattison has adopted a 2-deep safety approach in most cases making teams drive the whole field and our performance in red-zone has been one of the strong points of the D, but how long has it been since we can say at UM we have had dominant safety play?

5) Just a couple tidbits on freshman.

With the injury to Pipkins, that means Henry is going to see a lot more action with Ash maybe getting in the rotation. But this rotation a year from now may include what I think is one of the more impressive red-shirt freshman Hurst. Now he is one to put on your list to watch next spring, we will see if he maintains his athletic quickness after adding much needed bulk and strength. But this kid is very quick for his size and although not rated anywhere near Pipkins, to me he looks farther ahead than Pipkins did when he arrived at UM.

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