Joel Klatt explains why he was 'Thoroughly' impressed with Michigan in Week 1
Joel Klatt, Fox Sport’s lead college football analyst, is both an enthusiast and man of passions, and this week he’s excited about what he saw last week on film from Michigan’s beatdown of Minnesota.
What impressed him? Many things, according to a video Klatt pushed out through the Fox College Sports Twitter account.
For one, the Wolverines were “flying under the radar,” and with dampened expectations after replacing their quarterback and several offensive weapons on the outside. But the expectations did not match the reality. New quarterback Joe Milton jumped out most to Klatt, what with his arm talent and ability to run the football.
“These things I think will sustain across the season,” said Klatt. “His ability to hurt you with his feet, this is the element that’s going to pay huge dividends for Michigan.”
Klatt loves also the Wolverines ability to get after the opposition’s passer. Klatt cited defensive coordinator Don Brown’s tactical ingenuity in the form of overloads, stunts, slants, and clever blitzes as evidence of the options Michigan will have going forward. In addition, they have individual pass rushers like defensive end Kwity Paye who can get the job done on their own. The Wolverines had five quarterback sacks in the game against Minnesota.
“They’ve got a great quarterback with individual arm talent, the ability to run, and a really good pass rush. Those are elements of their game I think are going to sustain them for the long haul.”
Michigan faces Michigan State on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.