Michigan’s young talent got a chance to shine against an overwhelmed Indiana team during Saturday’s homecoming game in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines beat the Hoosiers, 34-10, thanks to an offensive outburst led by a pair of redshirt sophomores. They may be adding more stickers to their helmets before the season is over. For now, here are this week’s winners.
Sophomore RB Drake Johnson: The Ann Arbor native ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on his 16 carries. Johnson had just five carries this season heading into the Indiana game, but gave Michigan’s offense a quicker, shiftier option in the backfield. Expect to see more of Johnson – who went to school across the street from the Big House and whose mother has coached Michigan’s cheerleaders for 31 years – during the final month of the season.
Sophomore WR Amara Darboh: Not only did Darboh lead the Wolverines' passing attack Saturday, he led the entire Big Ten with nine catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. After dropping a few balls in a loss to Michigan State, Darboh rebounded with the best performance of his career against the Hoosiers. Both Darboh and Johnson are rounding into form after missing significant time because of injuries earlier in their careers.
Sophomore DL Ryan Glasgow: Sticking with the redshirt sophomore theme, Glasgow was one on nine Michigan defenders to register a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on Saturday. He also knifed into the Indiana backfield in the third quarter, pried the ball loose from Indiana quarterback Zander Diamont and fell on the fumble. Glasgow’s individual effort helped set Johnson up for his first touchdown run of the game.