Trying to bury the nightmare….

Seven years ago, Michigan Football played against Appalachian State in what proved to be the first in a line of setbacks that we can only hope are behind us.  On that day, 9/1/2007 Michigan had two field goals blocked in the fourth quarter and gave up what would be the game winning field goal.  Today we started to erase that memory with a 52-14 thumping of the Mountaineers.

I’m not going to try to pretend that everything was perfect, or that we are ready to run the table on this season.  I think there is still a lot of work to be done before next week when we are on the road at Notre Dame.  Still, there were a lot of positives to point to.

The offense scored early and often, the defense forced multiple 3 and outs, and the special teams chimed in with a blocked punt for a touchdown.  There was a connection between Devin’s.  The Gardner to Funchess connection resulted in 3 TD’s in the first half, and Funchess in his new #1 jersey looked as impressive as some of those who have worn it before.

Ok, you say this was only Appalachian State….and I agree.  But, we were prepared for this game, and there were plenty of signs of improvement.  This gives me hope.  Before this game I predicted an 8-4 season.  I’m not ready to upgrade that quite yet, but now I have hope.

I apologize for the lack of posts last year.  Although I took lots of pictures, I didn’t really have the time to sort through them and post.  I hope to do that regularly this year.  If I get a chance I will post a best of 2013 with some of the pictures I took last year.

Until then, here’s my pictures from today.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.  Go Blue!

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The crowd eventually filled in, but it’s certainly clear there are less students there.

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The first kickoff of the 2014 season. It resulted in a touchback.

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Devin Gardner looked comfortable in the pocket and stepped up rather than trying to spin away.

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Devin Funchess switched to the #1 jersey and had an impact right away, here running upfield after an early catch.

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Jehu Chesson made this grab and then cut around the defender for a nice gain. Clearly picking up where he left off last year.

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Frank Clark went up and over the shield on this punt. He drew a penalty as it’s illegal to jump the shield now, just for safety. Note the legs up, head down.

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Jourdan Lewis flys in to make a nice tackle.

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Devin to Devin making a connection for a touchdown.

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Funchess adjusting to the ball to make the catch before running it into the endzone.

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Jabrill Peppers left this defender with nothing but turf in his hands on an early punt return.

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Jehu Chesson on punt coverage gets to the returner just as he catches the ball…..

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…and then proves he can tackle as well as catch passes.

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That’s #33 Taco Charlton being held and still making the sack on the Mountaineer quarterback.

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Dennis Norfleet with the catch as AJ Williams is out front to block.

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Denard Robinson, in the Big House!

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Derrick Green breaks a long run.

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Gardner’s pocket presence and footwork were much improved. He looks balanced here.

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Devin Funchess with another catch.

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The Heisman look is cool, but hopefully the coaches will work with him on ball security.

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De’Veon Smith also breaks out for a long run.

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Mike McCray here right after he partially blocked the punt.

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Ben Gedeon with the 32 yard return of the blocked punt for a touchdown.

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Michigan fans wanted this to be a TD, and Brady even challenged the ruling, but it looks pretty clear from this picture that De’Veon Smith is down and the ball hasn’t crossed the line yet.

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Frank Clark with a Tackle for a Loss. Michigan also had 2 sacks on the day.

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McElfresh makes an incredible grab and gets one foot down for one of the Mountaineer TD’s.

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Norfleet with a nice gain thanks to a great block by Darboh. Coach Doug almost has a smile on his face.

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De’Veon Smith with another nice cut to daylight.

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Keith Heitzman with a nice run after a catch.

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Shane Morris looks comfortable, but this ended up being an interception.

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Justice Hayes finds a nice hole over the left side.

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First made field goal of the year from the 8 yard line.

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The board wasn’t quite final, but this shows the new graphics (yes!) and some of the totals.

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