Jake Butt, former Michigan TE, names reasons Maryland could be a dangerous matchup for Wolverines
Until given a reason, Michigan is going to be a fan favorite to go undefeated this season in B1G play. Then again, not everyone is ready to crown the Wolverines the champs of the B1G East just yet.
Former Michigan tight end Jake Butt isn’t playing favorites entering Saturday’s game against Maryland. Butt, now an analyst at the B1G Network, said the Terps have 2 massive things going for them entering Saturday’s matchup.
First, Maryland features a stable rushing attack led by freshman running back Roman Hemby. Second, the Terps have a balanced approach in terms of their offensive line on run-blocking sets.
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Hemby has been on a tear since the start of the new season. Through 3 games, the 6-foot, 200-pound runner has totaled 294 yards off 32 carries and has scored 3 touchdowns. He currently is averaging 9.2 yards per attempt.
Butt also praised the Terps’ ability to win with the play-action pass. Discussing the success of Taulia Tagovailoa working up-tempo, Butt said that Maryland excels in selling the run, allowing the middle of the field to open for gains downfield and fresh set of downs.
“You talk about Taulia Tagovailoa, he’s a talented quarterback. He’s up there with one of the best in the conference,” Butt said. “You talk about this trio, maybe even 3, 4, 5 guys of weapons at receiver and tight end. Really, this offensive line is the foundation of this team. They’re playing phenomenally.”
Through 3 games, the Terps have allowed just 4 sacks en route to a 3-0 star. Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins star Tua Tagovailoa, has thrown for 895 yards and 6 touchdowns against 2 interceptions. He currently has completed 77.6% of his throws and has a passer rating of 180.7.
Kickoff Saturday from Michigan Stadium is set for noon E.T.