Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Michigan Blows Lead to Gamecocks, Looks to the Future

In his final game as a Wolverine, Denard Robinson could only stand on the sideline and watch as the Gamecocks of South Carolina went ahead with only 11 seconds in the game to win the Outback Bowl 33 - 28.

Arguably the most exciting athlete to ever play for Michigan, Robinson finished with a quiet (for him) performance of 100 rushing yards and 7 receiving yards.  He finishes as the NCAA career leader in rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,495.    

So what's next for Brady Hoke and the Wolverines?  They reportedly have a top 5 recruiting class coming in next season to help strengthen an already solid core group of players.  Denard Robinson will be gone, so offensive coordinator Al Borges can run an offense that involves the entire team, instead of centering it around Denard.  I believe that Devin Gardner will become a more polished quarterback next season knowing that it is truly his team now. 

I've heard a lot of people saying that this was a down year for the Wolverines (who finished with a record of 8 - 4).  I disagree...think of it this way, three of their four losses were against the top three ranked teams in the final poll (Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State).    In my opinion, Michigan had a legitimate shot at beating both Notre Dame and Ohio State (Alabama simply destroyed them), they just made some crucial mistakes that cost them those games. 

I for one am excited to see what Year 3 of the Brady Hoke era will bring to Ann Arbor.  Lloyd Carr brought a National Championship to Michgan in his third year as head coach, Brian Kelly is in his third year at Notre Dame and has his Fighting Irish playing for the National Championship. 

Can Brady Hoke do the same?

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