Mel's Matchups: Week 2
Originally Published: September 3, 2009By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
No. 18 Notre Dame at Michigan Sat., Sept. 12, 3:30 ET (ABC)
Brandon Graham versus Sam Young or Paul Duncan
and Donovan Warren versus Michael Floyd or Golden Tate: Wolverines senior defensive end Brandon Graham, who plays on the left side in their base defense, will square off against Sam Young. If they move him to the other side for this game, he'll face senior left tackle Paul Duncan. Either way, it'll be pivotal for the Irish, who have a pass-oriented offense and will need to keep junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen upright to have success. Graham will be the key for Michigan's defense. If he can harass Clausen sufficiently, he'll help the secondary. Michigan junior cornerback Donovan Warren is very physical but will have his hands full with physically gifted sophomore wide receiver Michael Floyd or outstanding junior wideout Golden Tate. Either way, it will be a tough assignment, especially when you look at what that Irish passing attack did last week against Nevada. For more matchups from Mel, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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