There is never a shortage of topics to talk about when bringing up the Michigan football or basketball programs, especially this time of year with National Signing Day just past us and the basketball season in full swing. We always get a ton of questions and comments, so it’s time to open up the TBHR mailbag. Check out this edition’s questions after the jump.
Let me start off by saying this, I do believe that Devin Gardner will be the starting quarterback in 2014. With that being said, if Shane Morris is clearly the better player and shows it during the offseason, then absolutely I could see Gardner moving back to receiver. New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is a smart coach and will find a way to get his best 11 guys on the field at all times. At the end of the day, though, Gardner and Michigan went after his medical redshirt so he could play quarterback, so barring disaster, he is the guy in ’14.
The safety position should be one of the more intriguing battles of the offseason with guys like Thomas Gordon and Courtney Avery graduating. You would have to think two spots in the secondary are somewhat already locked down by Blake Countess and Raymon Taylor. That leaves two up for grabs from the likes of Dymonte Thomas, Jarrod Wilson, Delano Hill, etc. Also, incoming freshman Jabrill Peppers could get a look as well. Based on pure talent, for now I would say Thomas starts at safety.
Right now, I would call these guys 1a and 1b. In terms of what they showed this year, they are about equal as far as talent and contribution goes. Even putting recruiting rankings aside, I think that Derrick Green will be the one who emerges. He has reportedly already slimmed down and should benefit from an improved offensive line, assuming development takes place. Both will get a healthy amount of carries and be a big part of the offense in 2014.
Mitch McGary just recently started light rehab work coming off of his back surgery not too long ago. I would say there is a small chance he returns sometime in March, but at this point I do not think the Wolverines can afford count on him for the rest of the year. This team as it currently is will go as far as Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III decide to take them.
Obviously, when this team is hitting on all cylinders, Stauskas is leading the charge, but he has struggled a bit recently. When this happens, Glenn Robinson III has to be the guy, and we just have not seen enough of that yet. In his two years with the Wolverines, GR3 flat-out disappears and seems disinterested at times, which is disappointing considering his talent level. If both of those guys are no-shows on a given night, Michigan will not be successful.
That’s all for this week’s edition of the mailbag. Remember to send your questions in to me at email@example.com or on our Twitter or Facebook pages.