Michigan Football’s unsung heroes through eight games

Michigan Football has a few unsung heroes this season on both sides of the ball.

After a poor performance in its first game of the season, Michigan Football has gone on to win seven straight games and climb all the way to No. 5 in the country in the AP poll. We knew Shea Patterson, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Chase Winovich were going to have great seasons, but others are also doing well without getting enough credit.

Junior defensive lineman Josh Uche has been a blessing for the Wolverines in the absence of star defensive end Rashan Gary. Most people don’t know that Uche actually leads the team in sacks with five total on the season. He always finds a way to get to the quarterback when the Wolverines really need it the most, like a third down or the game winning sack he had against Northwestern. Uche is one of the primary reasons the Wolverines are continuing their dominance without Gary.

Senior cornerback Brandon Watson is also having a great season for someone who isn’t on the field a ton. He’s the No. 3 cornerback behind David Long and Lavert Hill, but he’s second on the team in interceptions with two. The only player with more interceptions is junior safety Josh Metellus.

On the offensive side of the ball, I would say the entire line has come a long way since the Notre Dame game. It seems like each week they’re getting a little better, and in return the Wolverines have been able to run the ball well and now rank No. 33 in the nation in rushing offense. The two tackles, Jon Runyan Jr and Juwann Bushell-Beatty have improved drastically as this offensive line has officially turned things around for the better.

Right now the Wolverines are in 1st place in the Big Ten East with two more ranked opponents on their schedule. The first College Football Playoff poll will be released on Tuesday and there’s a good shot Michigan will be No. 4. The Wolverines will play host to Penn State next Saturday at 3:30 EST.