I too have heard this story from a former student, DT probably had a fair share of slays during his time here. I can't imagine anyone topping Tom Brady though...
All time Michigan Offense
If you had to field the ultimate Michigan offense, who would start at every position? You can choose anyone from the entire history of UM football, but I will keep mine to players I personally witnessed. I will assume you mean the player at his best, whether that was in college or the pros.
The first choice is at QB, and this is a tough one. If I had to choose one guy to win a game for me it would be Tom Brady. I know his time at Michigan wasn't as prolific as many other Michigan QB's, but the guy's a leader. His accuracy is deadly, and his decision making is fantastic.
My all time favorite tailback is Mike Hart. This guy could take the team on his back and will us to a win. Three consecutive 200 yard games in the Big Ten is no small feat either. If I had to pick a backup for him, it would be Tyrone Wheatley. I almost chose Jaime Morris, but Ty was hard to bring down, and would provide a better change of pace with Mike at the starting spot. For fullback, why not put Anthony Thomas back there? He could block with the best of them, and get tough yards when you need 'em.
The WR spot would be crowded with talent, and there wouldn't be enough time to get everyone the ball. For the sake of this discussion, let's just have an "X" "Y" & a "Z." At the X spot, I would have to put Anthony Carter. This dude was the guy you want to convert big plays for you when you need them desperately. The slot reciever, or "Y" would be David Terrell. Although he didn't do well in the NFL, this guy had amazing hands and used his body to shield defenders away from the ball better than anybody. My Z reciever would be Braylon Edwards. Just throw it deep and let him go get it. He likes to jump out of the stadium to snag TD's.
Tight end is another one that's tough. Jerame Tuman had almost 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. He wasn't just a pass catching guy either, and that makes him my first choice. Bennie Joppru is my second choice mostly because his stats are more impressive than Jay Riemersma. I liked Jay though, and maybe if he started at TE instead of QB he would have come out with better all time stats. Joppru gets the nod for making the top 25 all time leading recievers list (including WR's).
Now to the big uglies! Jake Long has to be the anchor at left tackle. Just his appearance scared the opponent, and giving up only one sack in college while starting almost every game is awesome. At left guard, I would put David Baas. David was a mauler for a run blocker, and a dancing bear when it came to pass-pro. At Center, Rod Payne seems like a good choice. He started 40 games at Michigan, and dominated OSU every time. Right guard would be Steve Hutchinson. This guy has made every line he played with better, and he even dominates in the NFL. At right Tackle I would play John Jansen. This guy won back to back First team All American at right tackle, and just recently found his way back to Michigan...
So who would you start, and why? Go Blue!!!
Show me 5 Todd Collins', 5 Jon Jansen's, and one Tyler Ecker, and i'll show you a stellar offense
In my lifetime, no Michigan player has had a bigger game than Tuka's 1995 effort against OSU. I can't believe he hasn't gotten any love.
He's my tailback, with Tony Boles as my back-up. Boles could have been so very special, but for the knee injury.
my running back beats Ohio State. Which would be almost any running back before Mike Hart.
THE Modern offensive player for Michigan was A.C.
Before A.C., Michigan was 3 yards and a cloud of dust.
During his career, we never had an All American quarterback or any other receiver to offer the defense, so you knew the ball was going from Smith/Hewlett/Wangler to a triple teamed A.C., and it still didn't matter. The Indiana game is still our Hail Mary, and it doesn't happen if spindly legs A.C. doesn't deke the corner and outrun the safety, effectively sending Corso to the broadcast booth. He beat Notre Dame and OSU and lit Bo's cigar against Washington.
After A.C., stud receivers for sure, including several who have worn his number. But any who the opposing defense would purposely tear his tear-away jersey so he'd have to sit a play? Any who ran punts back like A.C.? One could argue that Harbaugh and Grbac led the offensive changes at Michigan in the 80's that became the pro passing offense and undefeated seasons in the 90's, but I say none of this happens if Bo doesn't take a flier on a skinny and shy Florida kid.
Argue all you want about the other positions, but receiver is Anthony Carter and some other guy, period.