ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s 59-3 win over Maryland looks great on paper, but it looks even better though the lens of Today’s U photographer Andy Shippy.
As usual, Shippy caught some of the best moments during yet another lopsided victory for the No. 3-ranked Wolverines (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten), who play the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium this Saturday in Iowa City.
Coach Jim Harbaugh faced off against his former defensive coordinator, D.J. Durkin, who is now the Terps’ head coach. Quarterback Wilton Speight had a day. Delano Hill had three picks. Chris Evans ran wild a couple times. All-in-all, Michigan made an impressive statement en route to its best start since 2006.
Here are Shippy’s handpicked, best-of-the-best from Saturday.
De’Veon Smith rushed 19 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns. Nearing what could be a peak, Smith has appeared more balanced than ever during the past few weeks. Great after contact, Smith’s yards-after-contact “were eye-opening,” said Harbaugh.
According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive, Smith, a senior, had 69 YAC after three quarters.
Flip the ball over, and I've got De'Veon Smith with a cool 69 yards after contact.
Through three quarters.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 6, 2016
Senior Jake Butt has solidified himself as one of the greatest tight ends in Michigan history. Considering past stars such as Ron Kramer and former yardage record-holder Jim Mandich, Butt has landed among fine company. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder caught five of six intended passes for 76 yards Saturday versus Maryland.
.@JBooty_88 is now the ALL-TIME RECEIVING YARDAGE LEADER among Michigan tight ends, passing Jim Mandich with 1,521 yards and counting.
— Chad Shepard (@UMShep) November 5, 2016
Jabrill Peppers and Jourdan Lewis, a pair of All-American candidates, provide so many advantages for Michigan. Lewis has been one of the best corners in America for the past two years. Peppers has found himself within the Heisman debate.
Another true freshman who’s made an impact, defensive tackle Rashan Gary had one tackle versus Maryland. This was it.
Fifth-year senior Amara Darboh has NFL potential. On Saturday, he caught four of six intended passes for 77 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown.
Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight threw for a school-record 292 yards during the first half versus Maryland, finishing with a career-high 362 yards. The redshirt sophomore completed 19 of 24 passes and connected for two touchdowns.
He also scored his first collegiate rushing touchdown, a 10-yard scamper capped by a Jordan-like jump. Air Wilton was born Saturday.
Harbaugh said that Speight played the best first half of any Michigan quarteback he had witnessed. On top of that, Harbaugh said Speight could be a Heisman-type quarterback.
Harbaugh and Durkin exchange pleasantries after the Wolverines’ 59-3 win. Michigan didn’t allow points until the fourth quarter, a 37-yard field goal by Adam Greene with 10:34 to play.
It’s not a Michigan game without a photo of someone from the band or cheer teams. Pictured below: Wolverines drum major McKenna Thayer, who is in her first season at the position.