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Michigan football stock watch: Shea Patterson, Ronnie Bell shine vs. MSU


Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Nov. 17, 2019

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Michigan football WR Ronnie Bell and safety Josh Metellus speak to the media after the 44-10 win over Michigan State on Nov. 16, 2019, in Ann Arbor.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press

Assessing which Michigan football players improved their stock or hurt their stock in Saturday’s 44-10 win over Michigan State in Ann Arbor: 

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QB Shea Patterson:Patterson played his best game in a Michigan uniform, completing 24-of-33 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns while setting a record for most passing yards by a U-M quarterback against Michigan State. He shook off a slow start to connect with nine receivers on a variety of throws. Patterson used his legs to make a couple key early throws. He picked up positive yardage on runs. He hit receivers in stride on bubble screens, allowing them to pick up yards after the catch. And he was efficient on Michigan State’s side of the field. Patterson has had an up-and-down season, but he played his best game against the Spartans and was perhaps the biggest reason Michigan dominated — a rarity in the recent history of the rivalry.

WR Ronnie Bell:Bell is still seeking that elusive first touchdown of the season. He’ll have to settle for being Michigan’s leading receiver. He’s now up to 36 catches for 610 yards after hauling in a game-high nine passes for 150 yards against Michigan State. Bell did much of his work on bubble screens, running hard after the catch, but he also made several plays downfield — one where he sat down and allowed Patterson to find him outside the pocket, and another 42-yard catch on a slot fade in which the defensive back fell down while trying to cover Bell. It was a career day for Michigan’s top receiver, and his team-leading 11 targets proved he’s Patterson’s favorite option. 

WR/KR Giles Jackson:Jackson has shown flashes of his potential as an electric playmaker mostly on special teams. In Michigan’s last game, he returned the opening kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown. Saturday, he got a chance to make plays and did so, while also adding his usual flair on special teams. Jackson took an early reverse for 21 yards, and later got another sweep and took it 11 yards. The freshman had elite testing numbers in high school, running a 4.43 second 40-yard dash and a 3.85 second shuttle. He could offer a different level of explosiveness and agility in space, and it seems Michigan is expanding his role on offense. 

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fell short of expectations considering he rushed for 352 total yards over the previous four games, and emerged as the quasi-No. 1 back. He did score a touchdown as Michigan’s quarterback in its wildcat package, but Michigan State held Haskins in check.

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Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh speaks to the media after the 44-10 win over Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Ann Arbor.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press

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