Dave Thurman (9:11 am) @Dthurman7Important Data:
Michigan Stadium (109,901)2011 Record:
Brady Hoke (2nd year at Michigan, 19-5; 66-55 overall)Letterman Returning:
(50; lost - 24)Returning Starters:
Offense - 6; Defense - 7; Specialists - 2Base Defense:
Ace (3 Wide Receivers)Notable Alumni:
Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States
Charlie Gehringer, Baseball Hall of Famer
Tony Fadell, Inventor of the iPod
Lucy Liu, Actress
Tom Brady, NFL quarterback (two time Super Bowl MVP)
Desmond Howard, Heisman Trophy Winner; sporstcaster
James Earl Jones, Actor
William Mayo, Cofounder of the Mayo ClinicCheerleader Scouting Report:
Cast of Characters:
#12 Quarterback, Devin Gardner
Gardner was a wide receiver for most of the season, and was pretty good (16, 266, 4), but after Robinson was injured and Russell Bellomy was clearly in over his head, Devin came to the rescue and played so well that he should start at quarterback Saturday. He is hitting 65.7% of his passes, with 7 TD's and 3 INT's. Gardener is a threat to run and has rushed for 6 TD's.
#16 Quarterback/Running Back, Denard Robinson
"Shoelace" has had trouble staying healthy but is an amazing runner, going over 1000 yards rushing for the third straight season, totaling 1044 yards so far at 7.3 ypc. Passing has never been his strong suit, and this year he has as many interceptions (9) as touchdowns. Look for him to line up in the backfield with Gardener a good deal of the time on Saturday.
#10 Wide Receiver, Jeremy Gallon
The diminutive (5'8") Gallon doesn't get talked about as much as Roy Roundtree but has better numbers this year, with 34 catches, 617 yards and 2 TD's. The fleet footed receiver is also the Wolverine's main punt returner, and has rushed 11 times for 67 yards, so the coaching staff looks for multiple ways to get him the ball.
#47 Linebacker, Jake Ryan
One wonders if Ryan is trying to look like Clay Matthews, and while his game isn't at that level he is pretty good, leading Michigan with 75 tackles, with 13 for loss including 3.5 sacks. Jake has also broken up 3 passes and forced 3 fumbles, and will be a key to slowing down Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller in the running game.
#11 Safety, Jordan Kovacs
A fifth-year senior from Curtice, Ohio, Kovacs has played a lot of minutes in his UM career, having started over 40 games. In 2010 he led Michigan with 110 tackles, and though his role has changed he is still active, and has totaled 59 stops so far this year with 5 for loss, 2 sacks and an interception. He is better defensing the run than the pass, something OSU may try to take advantage of.
Head Coach, Brady Hoke
Yes, he does look like Fred Flintstone and it is enjoyable to make fun of the big guy, but he has done a very good job of digging Michigan out of the hole RichRod dug for them. A former UM assistant coach, Hoke was the head man at Ball State and San Diego before coming to Ann Arbor a year ago, leading them to 11 wins and a Sugar Bowl victory in his initial season.