This is the time of year that college football rarely gets the run it deserves. While we fans are off dancing with hoop dreams and getting warmed up for opening day, our favorite football squad is getting it done in weight, film and training rooms across the country. What happens the next several months, and namely this spring, will set the tone for their success this upcoming season. While some may not get the itch for the pigskin till early fall, we at Know It All Football think that’s hogwash — the itch never goes away! In part four of our B1G spring preview, we take a look at the Michigan Wolverines.
Camp Opens: March 16th
Spring Game: April 13th
The Michigan Wolverines are one of the most intriguing teams heading into the B1G 2013 season. The Denard Robinson era is finally over and the keys have “officially” been handed over to Devin Gardner, who recently received a medical hardship (redshirt) for the 2010 season. Gardner only played 3 games that season before being injured and now has 2 seasons of eligibility remaining. I say “officially” because Gardner started the last 5 games of 2012 when Robinson went down with injury and he retained the spot when Robinson returned. But, in my opinion, that made things a little murky for the flow of the Michigan offense down the stretch last year. How Gardner will handle being the man is yet to be seen but, if what we saw in 2012 is any indication, the versatile quarterback will be one of the B1G elites in 2013.
One of the primary areas of concern this spring for head coach Brady Hoke will undoubtedly be shoring up the offensive line. While there is an abundance of young talent in the program waiting to be inserted into the starting roles, the youth and inexperience could be one of the few flaws for the Wolverines this coming season. How well this line comes together and gels this spring will go a long ways in determining future success.
The defense returns six starters led by strong-side linebacker Jake Ryan. There’s a lot of youth on this side of the ball as well, but after back to back seasons where Michigan had arguably the best recruiting class in the B1G, the cupboard is loaded with talent. Hoke has managed to retain all of his assistant coaches for the 3rd season in a row and that continuity has Wolverine fan’s expectations sky high. Who could blame them? I think this season could potentially be a break out year for the maize and blue and, after a disappointing 2012, the faithful are looking for this regime to take the next step in the rebuilding process.
Up Next: Michigan State
BY RYAN OSBAHR ON MARCH 27, 2013