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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6Dec 2017
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Taco Charlton

Taco Charlton

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton, a 1st round pick this year, made 2 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble in a 38-14 win over the Washington Redskins.


  • New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 21/30 passes for 258 yards and 1 interception in a 23-3 win over the Buffalo Bills
  • Seattle Seahawks DE Frank Clark made 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 pass breakup in a 24-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess made 4 catches for 60 yards and 1 touchdown in a 31-21 loss to the New Orleans Saints
  • Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham made 5 tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 24-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks
  • New England Patriots LB David Harris made 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the win over the Bills
  • Baltimore Ravens DT Willie Henry made 2 tackles in a 44-20 win over the Detroit Lions
  • Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis made 3 tackles in the win over the Redskins
  • Cleveland Browns safety Jabrill Peppers made 4 tackles in a 19-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers
  • Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock was 3/5 for 24 yards and 1 interception in relief of an injured Matt Stafford in the 44-20 loss to the Ravens
  • Green Bay Packers LB Jake Ryan made 10 tackles and 1 sack in a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Jacksonville Jaguars S Jarrod Wilson made 2 tackles in a 30-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts
27Apr 2016
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2016 NFL Draft Preview: Michigan Wolverines

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The 2016 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. I’m not the world’s biggest draft junkie (you can only have so many obsessions in your life), but I am always enthralled by the first round of the NFL Draft. Other than the Super Bowl, it’s my favorite single NFL day of the year . . . depending on whether the Lions are in the playoffs or not, which is usually not. Tomorrow night I’ll be headed to a friend’s house where a half dozen of us will eat pizza, drink cold beverages, and make fun of each other’s favorite teams.

Several Michigan Wolverines will be on the board, but none will be taken on Thursday, barring a huge surprise. With their Combine and pro day numbers in mind (LINK), here’s a look at Michigan’s representatives in the Draft and some slightly educated guesses about where they’ll go:

Graham Glasgow, C
Glasgow is 6’6″, 307 lbs. and did 23 reps on the bench at the Combine. He ran a 5.13 forty and a 4.63 shuttle time. He also performed well playing both guard and center at the Senior Bowl. He will almost certainly get drafted, but probably not as the top center. It will be interesting to see whether his multiple off-the-field issues with alcohol will cause him to slide.
Best guess: Rd. 3, #87 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals

Willie Henry, DT
Henry stands 6’2″, 303 lbs. and did 28 reps on the bench at the Combine. He ran the forty in 5.0 seconds and a 4.53 shuttle. He also showed a 30.5″ vertical and a 9’2″ broad jump. Henry has good quickness off the ball and can be a playmaker, but he’s a little bit inconsistent. He struggled to hold up at times on the interior because of leverage issues, so he’s more of a 3-tech or an undersized end in a 3-4.
Best guess: Rd. 4, #106 overall to the Chicago Bears

Hit the jump for more on the expectations for Michigan’s outgoing seniors.

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