Instead, his teams have been defined more by defense and his defensive coordinator, Don Brown. But even that has been a sore point for fans lately with the team giving up 62 points to Ohio State and 41 points to Florida in back-to-back games to end the season. Through two games this season, the defense sits at 21st in the country.
Jabrill Peppers boasted seven tackles one sack and a fumble recovery on the day, scooping an errant screen pass and taking it 98 yards to the end zone for two points to put the game on ice. With its victory, Michigan snapped a three-game losing streak to the Spartans and, for the first time since , was undefeated eight games into the season.
Butt had already surpassed the program record for all-time leading receptions by a tight end earlier in the season, finishing his career with He was the John Mackey Award recipient as the most outstanding tight end in college football and also won the Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year award for the second year in a row.
Butt finishes his storied career at U-M with career receptions for 1, total yards, making him the most prolific receiving tight end in the history of Michigan football. As a semifinalist, finalist or winner of eight major national college awards, he wowed fans and analysts across the country.
On top of it all, Peppers was a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing fifth at the prestigious awards ceremony in New York City. Peppers was the eighth defensive player to be selected as a Heisman Trophy finalist -- Wolverine great Charles Woodson was the only primary defensive player to ever win it.
Peppers finished the season with 72 total tackles, With one breakup against Indiana, he moved past Leon Hall's record of 43 career pass breakups to take the number one spot. Lewis finishes his record-breaking career with 45 total pass breakups.
Speight threw for yards and three touchdowns, including the first rushing touchdown of his career.
From the first drive of the game, Speight was in control. He took the offense down in 10 plays and finished with a yard touchdown pass for the first score of the game.
Speight was efficient, completing of attempts, and threw for yards in the first half alone -- a Michigan football record -- to finish the game with after three quarters. He led U-M to more than yards of total offense and a season-high 31 first downs. He became the third true freshman running back in program history to eclipse rushing yards in his collegiate debut, joining Chris Perry and Walter Cross Evans continued a productive freshman season even after his debut, finishing the season with 88 attempts, yards and four touchdowns, including a memorable yard touchdown run in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Honors and Awards.