November 5, 2012

Hot, hot, hot 11: Devin Gardner's effort was weekend's best

Devin Gardner earned the No. 1 distinction earlier this year for his play at wide receiver, and now he's done it again, this time at quarterback ...








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face="verdana">Devin Gardner,

QB

style="font-family: verdana;">Gardner became the first
backup quarterback to win a game since Nick Sheridan
bested Minnesota in 2008, doing his best Denard Robinson
impersonation by accounting for 255 yards of total offense
and three of U-M's five touchdowns. Gardner completed 12
of 18 attempts for 234 yards and proved he's a viable
reserve in 2012 and the QB favorite going into 2013.





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face="verdana">Jeremy Gallon,

WR

style="font-family: verdana;">Gallon
continues to make his case of a deserving No. 1 wide
receiver, catching four balls for 72 yards and a touchdown
Saturday. His 47-yard snag set up his own 10-yard TD
reception, while he also helped in the ground game,
rushing for 21 yards on two carries. Gallon now has a
team-high 22 receptions for 390 yards this year.

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face="verdana">Jake Ryanface="verdana">,

LB

face="verdana">Michigan's defense held a fifth opponent
this year to fewer than 300 yards of total offense in
limiting the Gophers to 275. Ryan was again at the heart
of that defensive performance, recording nine tackles,
including three behind the line of scrimmage. His 12
tackles for loss this season now lead the Big Ten this
year.

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face="verdana">Kenny
Demens
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LB

style="font-family: verdana;">style="font-family: verdana;">Minnesota rushed for 128
yards but finished with only 3.4 yards per carry, as U-M
held its seventh straight opponent below a 4.0-yard
average. Demens was critical to that domination, recording
a team-high 10 tackles, giving him double-digit stops in
back-to-back games for only the second time in his
career. 
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style="font-family: verdana;">Drew Dileo,


WR

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Dileo hauled in a 45-yard touchdown Saturday in the second
quarter, sparking the Wolverines' otherwise lifeless
offense at that point. One could even argue it was a
bigger catch than his 20-yard haul against Michigan State
two weeks ago. Dileo would finish with 69 yards on four
receptions.

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face="verdana">Raymon Taylor,

CB

face="verdana">Michigan made it a point of emphasis to get
physical with Gopher senior wideout MarQueis Gray, and
Taylor, who plays with an aggression, did a terrific job
of that, holding the Minnesotan to just three catches and
27 yards. Taylor chipped in with six tackles too. 

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face="verdana">Roy
Roundtree,


WR

face="verdana">The replay booth couldn't take Roundtree's
catches away from him this weekend, as he proved to have
definitive possession of a 47-yard reception that
represented his longest snare of the season and in 13
games overall. Roundtree also had a 17-yard grab,
finishing with 64 yards on two catches.  face="verdana">
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face="verdana">Jordan Kovacs,

SS

face="verdana">Michigan fans had seen it before and could
see the big play coming as Kovacs blitzed off the edge to
produce a bone-rattling sack of Phillip Nelson, jarring
the football loose. It was Kovacs' first sack this season
but the sixth of his career. He had six stops overall on
Saturday and helped U-M limit Minnesota to just 147 yards
passing.

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face="verdana">Fitzgerald Toussaint,

RB

face="verdana">Toussaint did his best Anthony Thomas'
impression busting through a hole on fourth down before
sprinting untouched for a 41-yard touchdown. The gallop
was the highlight of the day for a rushing attack that
otherwise struggled, and for Toussaint, who finished with
70 yards on 13 carries. 
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face="verdana">J.T. Floyd,

CB

face="verdana">Floyd helped Michigan lock down Minnesota'
receivers, while adding six tackles. He had two pass
breakups and now leads U-M with five this season, and was
thisclose to a
pick-six Saturday, jumping a route and getting his hands
on it but ultimately unable to bring it in. It was an
eerily similar play to the interception return he had a
year ago at Illinois.  

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face="verdana">Thomas Rawls

RB



style="font-family: verdana;">It wasn't an overwhelming
effort for the rushing attack, but Rawls and Toussaint
showed they can work in concert, providing a solid 1-2
punch. Rawls had 43 yards on 16 carries, and scored on a
two-yard run.

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