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Special teams ace Caden Kolesar on the rise

Free Press sports writer Michael Cohen breaks down Michigan football’s 59-0 win over UConn and looks at players who helped or hurt their stock Saturday at Michigan Stadium:

Stock up

WR/PR A.J. Henning: With one breathtaking display of athleticism, Henning demonstrated why special teams coordinator Jay Harbaugh can tolerate the questionable decision-making he’s flashed at times the last two seasons. Henning broke the game open with a 61-yard punt return touchdown in which he broke two tackles before racing down the left sideline and juking the last defender en route to the end zone.

Henning was also featured in Michigan’s offensive game plan, which has rarely been the case over the last two years. His four receptions for 37 yards established new career highs. Nearly 76% of his receiving yards came from runs after the catch.

“Great to see,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Joins an elite list that has had a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown (in his career). Just cool stuff.”

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Michigan Wolverines wide receiver A.J. Henning runs back a punt for a touchdown against the Connecticut Huskies during the first half at Michigan Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2022.

S Caden Kolesar: No player embodies Michigan’s commitment to special teams like Kolesar, a defensive back by trade but someone who makes his money in the game’s third phase. Kolesar logged 14 more snaps than anyone else on special teams through the first two weeks and recorded 66% of the unit’s tackles. He featured even more prominently in the win over UConn with a beautiful blocked punt off the left side of the formation. Kolesar broke free from a handful of Michigan defenders overloading the Huskies’ protection and lunged toward punter George…


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Publish date : 2022-09-18 20:15:13

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