2. Michigan football Needs Time
The run game was likely destined to get off to a slow start. I mentioned last week that Corum and Edwards are coming off of injuries and had limited contact through fall camp.
While both are at 100% physically, it takes time mentally to come back as well. Once they both get through a few games and take some hits they’ll find their mojo again and start making some of the big plays we’re used to.
The deep list of talent Michigan football has on the offensive line might be a contributing factor as well. After losing some pieces from last year’s line, guys were rotating around with heavy competition in Fall camp.
This took away reps from potential starters as Michigan just tried to figure out who those five were. Offensive line is very much a chemistry position and guys need time to play together to start playing effectively. It seems Michigan has settled on a starting five at least for now, so expect this group to develop chemistry and really get going.
Lastly, Michigan still has some work to do with the permitter blocking specifically from the wide receiver position.
With the increased frequency of the passing game, these guys likely didn’t spend as much time blocking in camp and just need more reps throughout the season to start holding onto blocks and open up some of the bigger runs to the outside.