Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has taken a lot of flack for his lack of “five-star recruits” in comparison with the Alabama Crimson Tides and Ohio State Buckeyes of the world.

Undaunted, Harbaugh continues to land recruiting classes in the top ten, and has found creative ways to welcome talented players into the Michigan Wolverines program.

One such is way is by bringing in preferred walk-ons like Max Bredeson, the brother of former Michigan Wolverines and current New York Giants offensive guard Ben Bredeson.

Recently, The Wolverine shared a listing of player rankings from Pro Football Focus for the Hawaii game at Michigan Stadium.

Pro Football Focus is a subscription-focused website that ranks and grades players at each position after each game to judge their performance.

The organization, also known as ‘PFF,’ ranked J.J. McCarthy as Michigan’s top performer for the evening, with the former walk-on Bredeson, a 6-foot-2, 232 tight end from Hartland, Wisconsin, coming in second.

The rankings are shown below:

1. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy (93.7 rating)

2. Tight End Max Bredeson (92.7)

3. EDGE Mike Morris (89.3)

4. Running back Donovan Edwards (86.5)

5. Wide Receiver Cornelius Johnson (85.6)


McCarthy passed for 229 yards on 11-for-12 attempts on the evening to go along with three passing touchdowns, and was named the team’s starting QB going forward.

Bredeson caught one pass for 56 yards on the evening, playing ten snaps total.

Scroll ahead to the 6:28 mark of the video below to watch Bredeson show off great hands and speed, catching the ball from third-string QB Davis Warren at Michigan Stadium, as part of the popular show ‘Inside Michigan Football (formerly known as ‘Michigan Replay’).

Morris played 15 snaps and had one tackle.

Edwards caught one pass for 33 yards, and rushed three times for 26 yards.

Wide receiver Cornelius Johnson caught two passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

The rankings take into account how well each player did on each play, including blocking.

Offensive tackle Trente Jones played the most snaps for Michigan with 55 on the night.

Freshman defensive back and former five-star prospect Will Johnson, a state of Michigan native, played the second most snaps on defense with 34, three behind defensive back Caden Kolesar.

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