Heading into the 2013 season, many people expected the University of Michigan to compete for a Big Ten title, and possibly even get to the Rose Bowl. Neither will happen. At least not this year anyway.
Many people believed that Devin Gardner was the right choice for QB for the team, and Fitzgerald Toussaint the right choice at RB. Recently, I’m not sure if that’s the case. Michigan has talent at both positions, and I think it is time that Brady Hoke begins to use that talent. Shane Morris would be the next man up at QB, and we all know the talent RB Derrick Green possesses. So why not play them?
Hoke has always seemed to prefer playing the older players over the younger guys, and sometimes seniority could come back to hurt a team, just like in 2013 for UM. That thought process may not always lead to wins or success, sometimes the younger players simply are better than the veterans on the team.
The silver lining for Michigan fans is that there is hope. A light at the end of this tunnel. A future team that has a great shot at making some serious noise in the Big Ten for years to come, lead by Shane Morris, Drake Harris, Jabrill Peppers and Derrick Green.
I’ve done a bit of recruiting coverage for a previous website I wrote for, so I’ve been able to do a lot of research on the incoming freshman for the classes of ’13-’15, and I can confidently say that these classes will be the most potent classes Michigan has put together in quite some time. Loaded with 4 and 5 star caliber recruits, Michigan is in no way in trouble. Quite the opposite actually. They’ve got players from almost every position, and are still going strong to try and bring the old school type play back to Michigan.
I’ve seen on twitter and some blog posts that have been bashing Devin Gardner and his play at quarterback lately, and a lot of the comments make you take a step back and either say, “wow that is true,” or, “That’s just plain stupid.” But I haven’t given up on Gardner being successful in Ann Arbor, yet, but I have thought of the idea of bringing him back next year and start fresh. Not at QB, but as a WR. Pair him with players like backup QB Shane Morris, Drake Harris (an incoming WR) and move Devin Funchess to WR, that offense could be extremely successful. Not to mention having RBs Derrick Green and DeVeon Smith carrying the football. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned Jabrill Peppees yet. That offense could be dangerous and could score points in a hurry.
Now I know this post doesn’t help the current Wolverines, but it is written as a bit of hope for those who’ve seemed to have lost theirs. There will be no Big Ten Championship, or a Rose Bowl victory, or really any big time recognition for this group of Wolverines, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing any soon, fairly soon. A dose of reality doesn’t hurt, and when you add it all up, this team has failed in the eyes of Brady Hoke, and maybe even in the eyes of the public, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Breathe a bit, don’t burn anyone at the stake just yet, and before you know it Michigan will be in Pasadina.