NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Season Preview : Michigan
August 24, 2013, 12:14 AM
I???ve been a Michigan fan since I was 9 or 10 years old. Not too long before Desmond Howard struck that Heisman pose against Ohio State, I was introduced to College Football and the University of Michigan. My Michigan fandom is over 20 years counting and still going strong. My Michigan fandom was so strong that when I was in high school, I took as much merchandise as possible from the Michigan representative that came to my high school for a college fair. Although my grades in school were average at best (I was the smart kid that slacked off), I really thought about wasting the $40 application fee just to say I received a rejection letter from the University of Michigan (I didn???t apply because I didn???t have $40). For me it???s all about the winged helmets, Hail To The Victors, and the Big House. Previewing what could be a magical season for my team here on 7poundbag seemed like the right thing to do.

Season Review:2

The 2012 Michigan Wolverines finished last season with an 8-5 record (6-2 in Big 10 play). The team ranked 79th in overall offense and 13th in overall defense. It was the 2nd season in charge for head coach Brady Hoke.

Offense:

Under offensive coordinator Al Borges the Wolverines ran a hybrid spread/pro-style offense. This was done to accomodate the skills of now Jacksonville Jaguar Denard Robinson. However, look for more pro-style this season under new quarterback Devin Gardner. Gardner, the 4th year junior, is finally getting his chance to be the man at Michigan after being shifted to receiver last season, and then back to QB after Robinson???s arm injury. Gardner is 6???4??? with a cannon of an arm. He???s got plenty of targets to get the ball to in receivers Jeremy Gallon, Jeremy Jackson, Drew Dileo, Dennis Norfleet (among others) and tight end Devin Funchess.

As good as Gardner should be in this offense, Michigan wants to get back to a power running game. The team will start off the season as running back by committee between Fitzgerald Toussaint, Justice Hayes, and true freshman Derrick Green. Green, is the fans hopes to be the standout. The highly rated Brooklynite (can???t resist a chance to shout out my borough) by way of Virginia will get plenty of chances to claim the top running back spot. The offensive line is young, but look for senior Taylor Lewan to lead a competitive unit. Lewan was expected to go pro last season, but came back in the hopes that he can lead this Michigan squad to a Big 10 title and a Rose Bowl appearance.

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