(image via MLive)
(image via Zimbio)
If you’re anything like me, you watched with glee this year as Michigan lined up for repeated 3rd and short situations, bunched up the offensive linemen, and ran a quick hand-off to Khalid Hill who almost invariably picked up the yards Michigan needed. There was a welcome predictability in this routine. It surprised me just how difficult the play proved to stop, even when everyone in the stadium saw it coming. We’ve seen plenty of Coach Harbaugh’s offensive sets attempt to trick the opposition, but when the team needed a yard (or sometimes less), Hill would get the rock.
When thinking about which Michigan player to take a look back at this week, I decided to go with someone who I would have loved to see perform in Jim Harbaugh’s version of Michigan’s offense. Now there are lots of players, especially some of the recent quarterbacks, who it is difficult to imagine their careers under Harbaugh. What heights would a player like Devin Gardner have reached under the tutelage of our QB-whisperer of a coach? It is difficult to tell. It is easier to predict, however, the success that former fullback BJ Askew would enjoy as a member of the 2017 Wolverines.