Last week in the season opener vs. Vanderbilt, 5 true freshmen and 11 redshirt freshmen made their debut on the field as Michigan Wolverines. The five true freshmen who played were: RB Carlos Brown, WR Greg Mathews, RB Brandon Minor, S Stevie Brown, and DE Brandon Graham.
The eleven redshirt freshmen who finally were able to get into a game were: OL David Moorsman, OL Mark Ortmann, OL Justin Schifano, OL Cory Zirbel, TE Carson Butler, WR LaTerryal Savoy, QB Jason Forcier, P Zoltan Mesko, DE Eugene Germany, special teams Andre Criswell, and special teams Johnny Sears.
Of the 16 first-timers, RB Brandon Minor put up the biggest stats as he had 3 carries for 30 yards including a team best 24-yard run during the second quarter. Although Carlos Brown is listed as a running back his one carry (for 4 yards) came on a play where he lined up behind center and took the snap as quarterback. OL Justin Schifano contributed when he finished the game at Right Guard after Alex Mitchell moved to Right Tackle when Rueben Riley, Jr. was pulled after incurring his second holding penalty. Punter Zoltan Mesko had 3 punts (averaging 41.7 yards per kick) before Ross Ryan took over the duties to handle the final punt of the day. All in all the first-timers did well and I look forward to seeing them step up even more as the season progresses. Go Blue!