Oct 5, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker James Ross III (15) receives congratulations from defensive end Keith Heitzman (92) and defensive back Blake Countess (18) after he recovers a fumble in the first quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- After Watching The Tape

Posted at 5:30am — 10/22/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — After Watching The Tape

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1) First, overall lets not get too excited about the offensive production against Indiana. As always, things are never as bad as perceived, nor as good and the real test of where we stand as a team overall will be in full display against MSU.

Having said that, a few observations:

Oct 19, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) avoids a tackle by Indiana Hoosiers defensive end John Laihinen (96) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

I guess our reporting since the spring on Bosch turned out to be accurate. As we have reported, Bosch is simply one of our best players, no matter what position and barring injury will be our LG for the next 4 years. He not only is a very good run blocker, but was already one of our better OL’s when it came to one on one passing drills.

Also, have to impressed with Mags who last spring was injured early in camp, but by the end was getting some reps with the first group when they did not want to over-extend Lewan. Besides Bosch, he is the most technically sound of our younger OL’s and also barring injury will now be a starter for the next 4 years. Coaches think he is a better OT and RT seems to be in his future.

3) Speed, speed, speed there is not substitute. We simply still lack enough speed on defense especially at LB. Ross is our fastest LB and so far this year he has really struggled defending both in passing situations and has had an even harder time defending the edge on runs. This spring, Ross was our best defensive player, so far this fall he has fallen short.

8) Recruit, recruit, recruit we need 2 more DL’s and one stud-athletic LB (which brings me to my next topic I am going out on a limb) and say even right now Gedeon is our best LB and it is just a matter of time until he cracks the starting lineup.

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