Eyabi Anoma and Jaylen Harrell impress

Free Press sportswriter Michael Cohen breaks down Michigan Football’s 51-7 victory over Colorado State and discusses the players who helped or hurt his actions Saturday at Michigan Stadium:

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C.B. DJ Turner: Turner climbed the depth chart in 2021 from the No. 3 corner behind seniors Vincent Gray and Gemon Green to the unquestioned No. 1. Saturday’s game reflected how much respect CSU head coach Jay Norvell and his offensive staff had for Turner, who was attacked just once in 20 pass attempts by quarterback Clay Millen. Fellow defenders Mike Sainristil (five targets), Kalel Mullings (three), Will Johnson (two), RJ Moten (two) and Michael Barrett (two) were considered more easily exposed than Turner.

The only pass thrown in Turner’s direction was a quick screen that he eradicated by going through the blocker and burying the receiver for a 3-yard loss. He finished with the highest degree of coverage among all corners of UM, according to Pro Football Focus. Turner also made the most impressive defensive play of the game when he picked up a fumble in the middle of the field and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown, shoving aside a would-be tackler en route to the end zone.

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Michigan Wolverines linebacker Eyabi Anoma (18) celebrates his sack against Colorado State during the first half on Saturday, September 3, 2022.

OLB Eyabi Anoma and Jaylen Harrell: For a player who joined the team two weeks before the start of the season, Anoma could hardly have been more impressive in his nine-play debut. He got a sack on the first play of his Michigan career by beating a double team. Anoma’s beautiful speed-to-power move allowed him to get past the right tackle and push the running back into the quarterback’s lap.

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