Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

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4Nov 2019
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Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

Drew Henson (image via Detroit News)

This was originally posted on March 17, 2017. It has been updated following the 2018 season.

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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3Aug 2019
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Morning Roundup: August 3, 2019

Sean McKeon

Stewart Mandel badmouths Michigan some more (LINK).

Dan Brugler named Sean McKeon his #19 senior tight end and Nick Eubanks his #9 underclassman tight end, FWIW (LINK).

Denard Robinson is now an offensive analyst and special teams assistant at Jacksonville University (LINK).

Nicole Auerbach takes a look at declining NCAA football game attendance (LINK).

7Jul 2019
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The All-Rodriguez Team: Offense

Denard Robinson makes fatties look fat.

In case you can’t tell, I like to make lists.  And depth charts.  And lineups.  This has nothing to do with football.  But when I was about thirteen years old, I laid down in my living room with a piece of paper and a pen.  I wrote down a batting order for my favorite team, the Detroit Tigers.  And the Atlanta Braves.  And the Chicago Cubs.  And, what the hell, the rest of Major League Baseball, too.

From memory.  If you wanted to know the emergency catcher for the Montreal Expos, I was your man (er, well, boy).

So here’s another list.  I’ve often thought about the best players to come through Michigan during the years of my fanaticism, and this one is narrowed down to the Rodriguez years.  Which players in the past few years turned out the best seasons for what amounted to be Michigan’s worst three consecutive years in program history?  Despite the 15-22 record over Rodriguez’s tenure, we had some pretty good individual players.  But as you might expect, the majority of them (nine out of eleven) were on the 2010 squad that had a winning record and played in a bowl game.

QB: Denard Robinson (2010)
182-for-291 passing, 2570 yards, 18 touchdowns, 11 interceptions
256 carries, 1799 yards, 14 touchdowns
This is a no-brainer.  For half the season, he was on pace to win the Heisman.

Hit the jump for the rest.

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2Apr 2019
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: De’Veon Smith

Surprise, surprise! Orlando Apollos running back De’Veon Smith wins the award again after helping achieve a 34-31 victory over the Memphis Express. Smith had 10 carries for 27 yards (2.7 YPC), including a game-winning 1-yard touchdown run with 1:51 left in the contest.


  • Matt Godin, DL (San Antonio Commanders): Godin made 2 tackles in a 23-6 loss to the Arizona Hotshots.
  • Ty Isaac, RB (Birmingham Iron): Isaac was a scratch.
  • Denard Robinson, RB (Atlanta Legends): Robinson had 1 carry for 1 yard in a 17-9 loss to the Birmingham Iron.
  • Channing Stribling, CB (Memphis Express): Stribling made 1 tackle in the 34-31 loss to the Apollos.
26Mar 2019
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: De’Veon Smith

De’Veon Smith

Smith is making this pretty much a one-man race during the AAF season. The Orlando Apollos’ De’Veon Smith ran 13 times for 40 yards (3.1 YPC) and 3 touchdowns (1 yard, 1 yard, 4 yards) and 1 catch for 0 yards. The Apollos won over the Atlanta Legends, 36-6.


  • Matt Godin, DT (San Antonio Commanders): Godin made 1 tackle in a 19-15 win over the Salt Lake Stallions.
  • Ty Isaac, RB (Birmingham Iron): Isaac did not play in the Iron’s 31-25 loss to the Memphis Express.
  • Denard Robinson, RB (Atlanta Legends): Robinson had 2 carries for 4 yards and 2 catches for 21 yards in the 36-6 loss to Orlando.
  • Channing Stribling, CB (Memphis Express): Stribling made 2 tackles in a 31-25 win over the Birmingham Iron.