Last year I started doing a feature in the middle of the season called “The Numbers Game” — a simple statistical breakdown of Michigan and their upcoming opponent with a little analysis thrown in. This year, that feature will be back, but since it’s the first game of the season, this week’s version will look a little different. The Wall Street Journal just posted a statistical database for the 2010 preseason with some interesting categories, and I’ll be looking at many of those as we head into the opener (props to MGoUser Tacopants for posting the link on the MGoBoard):
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*I corrected this figure myself — the WSJ erroneously included graduated running back Andre Dixon’s 1093 yards among UConn’s returning total. As far as I could tell, everything else checked out fine.
For some more traditional statistics, here’s a comparison of the team’s leading returners:
Passing: Tate Forcier — 165-281 (58.7%), 2050 yards, 13 touchdowns, 10 interceptions
Rushing: Denard Robinson — 69 attempts, 351 yards, 5 touchdowns
Receiving: Roy Roundtree — 32 receptions, 434 yards, 3 touchdowns
Tackles: Jordan Kovacs — 75 total (39 solo, 36 assist)
Interceptions: Jonas Mouton — 2
Passing: Zach Frazer — 116-218 (53.2%), 1461 yards, 10 touchdowns, 9 interceptions
Rushing: Jordan Todman — 215 attempts, 1138 yards, 14 touchdowns
Receiving: Isiah Moore — 24 catches, 286 yards, 1 touchdown
Tackles: Lawrence Wilson — 140 total (80 solo, 60 assist)
Interceptions: (Three tied at one apiece)
Very interesting to see that while Michigan has fewer starters returning they retain far more depth than UConn, who bring back 14 fewer lettermen than the Wolverines. That could play a big factor in a close contest, as could the ominous “8” in the returning secondary starts column for U-M. I think this will be a closely-contested game through the final whistle, with Michigan having just enough firepower to pull out the W.