And with that, we’re halfway through the nonconference season. Here are the three players who earned helmet stickers for their Week 2 performances in a 40-31 win over Notre Dame.
WR Jeremy Gallon: The senior had a career day, recording three touchdowns and 184 yards on just eight receptions. It didn’t matter how well covered he was or how unlikely the play was, he and quarterback Devin Gardner just seemed to connect on everything. “He’s like a little bulldog,” Gardner said of Gallon. “We’ve worked so hard since I got here and you guys are just now seeing it but behind the doors we’ve been working so hard and we’re finally getting the opportunity to display it.”
DB Blake Countess: Just over a year removed from his ACL tear, the redshirt sophomore recorded two interceptions against the Irish, including one that sealed the victory for the Wolverines. “The second one was kind of a gift from Ray [Taylor],” Countess said. “It was really his play to make, the ball kind of bounced off his knee. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to make a play.” Following the game he said that he almost felt like a freshman returning to the field last weekend in the season opener against Central Michigan, but that on Saturday against Notre Dame he really felt like it came together for him.
QB Devin Gardner: On his feet, Gardner continued to be relatively risky, taking off and taking hits quite often. He rushed for 82 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. Gardner finished the day 21 of 33 with four touchdown passes and one huge interception that could’ve been incredibly costly to the Wolverines. But up until that point he had shown an increased maturity in the game plan and intentionally threw away multiple passes that kept Michigan out of trouble -- something that offensive coordinator Al Borges has been preaching.