Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

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12Apr 2018
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Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

Drew Henson (image via Detroit News)

Sports fans love to debate the greatness of players and rank them in order from most revered to most despised. And while despised probably doesn’t fit any of these players, since they played for the University of Michigan, we all have our favorites. I have endeavored to achieve the un-possible: Rank all of Michigan’s starting quarterbacks.

Okay, that’s too tall of a task for me right now. I’m working up to it. So I’m only going back to 1995, which was the beginning of the Lloyd Carr era. That’s the earliest full coaching tenure where I can count on my recollections of Michigan football. I was a big fan of Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, and the Michigan Wolverines before then, but I’ll be damned if I say I was aware enough to understand what was happening on the field.

This ranking only takes into account what the quarterbacks achieved wearing the winged helmet. High school highlight tapes and NFL performance aren’t taken into account. (After all, we can agree that Tom Brady is far and away the best quarterback who ever played the game of football, and that includes Uncle Rico.)

So if you were starting a season with your pick of any Michigan QB since 1995, which one would you take?

On with the show:

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18Jan 2018
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Tom Brady

Tom Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went 35/53 for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 35-14 win over the Tennessee Titans to move to the AFC Championship Game. This will be Brady’s seventh straight AFC Championship appearance. What he’s doing is ridiculous. They’ll face the Jaguars this coming weekend.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Gedeon made 1 tackle in the 29-24 miracle win over the New Orleans Saints to move to the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Eagles DE Brandon Graham made 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 2 quarterback hurries in the 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons to move to the NFC Championship Game
  • Pittsburgh Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint returned 2 kickoffs for 59 yards in a 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Jacksonville Jaguars SS Jarrod Wilson made 1 tackle and 2 pass breakups in the 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers to move to the AFC Championship Game
28Dec 2017
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Willie Henry

Willie Henry

Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Willie Henry notched 5 tackles and 1 sack in a 23-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He now has 33 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 5 pass breakups this season.

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  • New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was 21/28 for 224 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception in a 37-16 win over the Buffalo Bills
  • Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton had 2 tackles and 1 sack in a 21-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks
  • Seahawks DE Frank Clark made 4 tackles and 1 sack in the same game
  • Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess caught 3 passes for 11 yards in a 22-19 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Gedeon made 4 tackles in a 16-0 win over the Green Bay Packers
  • Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham made 4 tackles in a 19-10 win over the Oakland Raiders
  • San Francisco 49ers CB Leon Hall made 5 tackles in a 44-33 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis made 2 tackles in the loss to the Seahawks
  • Cleveland Browns S Jabrill Peppers made 3 tackles and returned 4 punts for 27 yards in a 20-3 loss to Da Bears
  • Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls had 5 carries for 20 yards in the win over the Cowboys
  • Packers LB Jake Ryan made 11 tackles in a 16-0 loss to the Vikings
  • Denver Broncos S Dymonte Thomas made 2 tackles in his NFL debut, a 27-11 loss to the Washington Redskins
20Dec 2017
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Tom Brady

New England Patriots wide receiver Tom Brady completed 22/35 passes for 298 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in a 27-24 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots clinched the AFC East title.

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Dallas Cowboys DT Richard Ash made 1 tackle in a 20-17 win over the Oakland Raiders
  • Los Angeles Rams S Blake Countess made 2 tackles in a 42-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks
  • Seattle Seahawks WR Amara Darboh had 1 catch for 8 yards in the 42-7 loss to the Rams
  • Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess made 1 catch for 19 yards in a 31-24 win over the Green Bay Packers
  • Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Gedeon made 2 tackles in a 34-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham made 4 tackles and 1 sack in a 34-29 win over the New York Giants
  • Patriots LB David Harris made 4 tackles in the 27-24 win over the Steelers
  • Baltimore Ravens DT Willie Henry made 1 tackle in a 27-10 win over the Cleveland Browns
  • Seattle Seahawks S Delano Hill made 1 tackle and then got ejected for fighting in a 42-7 loss to the Rams
  • Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis made 6 tackles and 1 pass breakup in the 20-17 win over Oakland
  • Browns S Jabrill Peppers made 6 tackles and 1 punt return for 11 yards in a 27-10 loss to the Ravens
  • Steelers RB Fitzgerald Toussaint had 1 carry for 3 yards in the 27-24 loss to the Patriots
  • Jacksonville Jaguars S Jarrod Wilson made 2 tackles in a 45-7 win over the Houston Texans
13Dec 2017
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Jourdan Lewis

Jourdan Lewis (image via Blogging the Boys)

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis made 6 tackles and 3 pass breakups in their 30-10 win over Eli Manning and the New York Giants. This was Lewis’s best overall game of the season.

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  • Cowboys DT Richard Ash made 3 tackles in the win over the Giants
  • New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was 24/43 for 233 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions in a 27-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins
  • Patriots DT Alan Branch made 2 tackles in the loss to the Dolphins
  • Cowboys DE Taco Charlton made 2 tackles in the victory over the Giants
  • New York Jets CB Jeremy Clark was promoted to the 53-man roster after recovering from his ACL injury, but he didn’t play this weekend
  • Los Angeles Rams S Blake Countess made 1 tackle and returned a blocked punt for a TD in a 45-35 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess made 3 catches for 59 yards and 1 TD in a 31-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings
  • Cincinnati Bengals DT Ryan Glasgow made 3 tackles in a 33-7 loss to the Chicago Bears
  • Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham returned a lateral for a TD in the waning moments of a 45-35 win over the Rams. The Rams were trying to eke out a touchdown by lateraling the ball all over the field at the end of the game, and Graham plucked the ball out of the air, broke a tackle, and scored to seal the win.
  • San Francisco 49ers CB Leon Hall made 2 tackles in a 26-16 win over the Houston Texans
  • Green Bay Packers LB Jake Ryan made 7 tackles in a 27-21 win over the Cleveland Browns
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