Reanimating Michigan Football
Aside from Gardner's continuing health, the number one offensive priority in 2013 is developing an interior line that allows Michigan to run the ball. If this happens, the wild card will be tight end/receiver Devin Funchess--a weapon, at six-foot-five, that few defenses are equipped to handle. If Michigan can run the ball, defenses will be compelled to bring a safety down into the box to make sure the Wolverine offense doesn't control the field and the clock. And if that happens, running Funchess at slower LBs and/or smaller safeties should be like shooting fish in a barrel--and open up opportunities for the passing game.
Michigan has experienced and proven receivers. Jeremy Gallon and Drew Dileo can play--thank you, Rich Rod. Jeremy Jackson can catch the ball, and Norfleet has already proven himself a multipurpose weapon. Add promising young players Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson, and Borges has plenty to work with. This could well be Michigan's best offense in many years.
At this juncture, even hard-edged Michigan fans like Brian Cook of mgoblog.com assume the Michigan D will be good, because, well, Greg Mattison. And the defense certainly dominated the vanilla and tepid offense Borges chose to put on a field in the Spring Game.