Michigan Football: Grading Wolverines win against Northern Illinois

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Coaching: A

You have to give credit where credit is due and it’s hard to find things to criticize about Michigan football’s start to the season.

Following a big win, you always have to worry about a letdown and the Wolverines were as sharp as ever against Northern Illinois. This team is motivated, it’s having fun and it’s a true representation of Michigan football.

That doesn’t mean the Wolverines are going to beat Ohio State or win the Big Ten. But they are capable and they are playing an impressive brand of football which has a lot to do with the hires Harbaugh made this offseason, as well as his own renewed energy.

Special teams: A

Just like the rest of the report card, Michigan football earned an “A” with its special teams effort against the Wolverines. A.J. Henning ripped off a 34-yard punt return and showed why he will be holding down that job now, hopefully, for the rest of the season.

Michigan didn’t have to punt at all, but Jake Moody was 9-for-9 on extra points and the Wolverines didn’t allow a single yard on punt or kickoff returns.

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It was an all-around dominant effort from Jim Harbaugh’s team and a great way to cap the non-conference portion of the schedule.