Top 10 Players: Michigan vs. Maryland

Our weekly look at the top 10 players in Michigan's game recognizes that after five weeks, Chase Winovich is No. 1.

1) DE Chase Winovich: The fifth-year senior leads the country in tackles for loss with 10.5. He's seeking to become just the eighth Wolverine to record 20.0 TFLs or more in a single campaign, and is already ahead of the pace of Larry Foote (10 in five games and 26 overall in 2001) and Brandon Graham (6.5 in five games and 26 overall in 2009).

2) QB Shea Patterson: Patterson hasn't thrown an interception in 11 quarters dating back to the SMU game in week 3 while completing 69.0 percent of his pass attempts in that stretch. He has emerged the No. 3 QB in the Big Ten and will give Michigan an advantage in head-to-head quarterback matchups the next three weeks against Maryland, Wisconsin and Michigan State.

3) LB Devin Bush: I'm still trying to wrap my head around the lone tackle Bush was in on last weekend, but I would expect a big bounce-back effort from the junior middle linebacker against Maryland.

4) RB Karan Higdon: Even on a low-stat day, Higdon managed to churn out 115 yards for his third straight 100-yard effort. He picked up another 30-yard run to continue to rank among the nation's leaders in that category (he is fourth with five this season).

5) RB Ty Johnson (UMD): Chances are you'll get tired of seeing No. 24 tomorrow. He leads Maryland with 53 total touches this year, averaging 75.0 yards rushing per game while catching passes and returning kicks for the Terrapins.

6) DE Rashan Gary: It looked like Gary aggravated his right shoulder (rumored to be hurting all season long) last weekend against Northwestern, and we're not sure he'll play tomorrow, but if he does, he will look to put up at least one tackle for loss for the third straight game, a run that would be a career-best for him.

7) TE Zach Gentry: How about this for success rate - 11 of Gentry's 13 receptions this year have gone for a first down or a touchdown. That's the best mark on the team as he establishes himself as someone Patterson can trust in key situations.

8) RB Anthony McFarland (UMD): His sample size might be a little smaller (just 27 carries) but the 5-8 redshirt freshman is averaging 10.5 yards per carry. Eliminate his longest run of the year (64 yards), and it's still 8.7 yards per attempt. He's a big play waiting to happen.

9) WR Donovan Peoples-Jones: Really curious to see how the sophomore responds to increased attention. After his breakout performance with three TD receptions against SMU, he's been held to just three total catches for 24 yards on eight targets the past two games.

10) DT Byron Cowart (UMD): A former five-star - and the No. 1 player nationally by Rivals.com in the 2015 class - Cowart had two disappointing seasons at Auburn before transferring to Maryland. He's been coming on this year, first on the team with two sacks, and will look to disrupt Michigan's rush attack from his interior line position.

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