Imagine how silly good that '97 team would have been with Manning at QB. Griese was good and all, but that would have been a team for the ages.
Peyton Manning at Michigan? Star QB says he considered being a Wolverine
Before Sam Webb's gut and all...Archie Manning was asked where he thought Peyton was going, and he responded "Michigan."
Not complaining about 1997-2000 Michigan football, but wow...that would have been amazing for us (and Peyton) as a Junior and Senior in 1997 and 1998...
When has that happened?
Davis and Blanchard for Army in the 1940's?
Reggie Bush and Matt Sanchez at USC?
I am trying to think of some others. Chappuis and Bump Elliott would have been good, but I don't think Bump got many votes. Has it happened at Notre Dame, with all of their overblown and inexplicable hype for Heisman winners? Hanratty and Seymour? I can't think of any SEC team; Pat Sullivan of Auburn won the Heisman; was anybody else from his team a finalist?
Bush and Leinart - 2005 (USC)
Bush and Leinart - 2004 (USC)
White and Petersen - 2004 (Oklahoma)
Dorsey and McGahee - 2002 (Miami)
Carter and Collins - 1994 (Penn St)
Rozier and Gill - 1993 (Nebraska)
Hicks, Griffin, Gradishar - 1973 (Ohio State)
Rogers and Glover - 1972 (Nebraska)
McDonald and Tubbs - 1956 (Oklahoma)
Hart and Williams - 1949 (Notre Dame)
Davis, Blanchard, Tucker - 1946 (Army)
Blanchard and Davis - 1945 (Army)
Blanchard and Davis - 1944 (Army)
Bertelli and Millar - 1943 (Notre Dame)
Kelley and Frank - 1936 (Yale)
Everything from year 1973 and earlier, I only took names listed in the top 6 in number of votes cast for each player because I'm not sure they had "finalists" in the sense we have them today (select number of people invited to a televised ceremony in New York). If they did, then it would be too time consuming to look up.
Would they have let him throw the ball, or would he have been handing off most of the time?
Peyton's recruitment was while I was at UM, and recruiting wasn't that big of a deal then. More of a mention in the Daily, as the internet was only in its crudest form at the time. I remember thinking to myself that "Archie Manning's kid" sure could have potential. Anyway, we did win a title, which he never did (or beat Florida), so I guess it worked out for us. And he seems like a good guy, so I'm glad he did get a Super Bowl ring.
We'd have possibly two of the top five NFL QBs of all time in Manning and Brady. How incredible would that be?