Being that I had a rare Friday off and absolutely nothing better to do, I watched the BTN special on the 1997 Michigan National Championship team. I had always had a lot of respect for Brian Griese, but I think he moved into the top spot for me in terms of my favorite Michigan signal callers. He will never go down as the most talented Michigan QB, but he just used everything he had to be as good as he could be on every snap. With that being said, I'm curious which QB the MgoBlog community would have as their favorite Michigan QB.
Who's Your Favorite Michigan QB?
of those seated in the top rows of sections 6 thru 10
no Michigan QB in my lifetime is bigger than Rick Leach.
Best Michigan Career: Harbaugh
Favorite at Michigan: Wangler. That 1980 team was special and it was only when Wangler came back from that devastating knee injury that they became great (and won Bo's first Rose Bowl).
Favorite Including Pro: Brady. As a U of M grad who has lived his adult life in Alabama.... after that Orange Bowl, Tom Brady would never have had to buy a beer in my presence even without becoming the greatest NFL player of the past two decades.
- Was a highly rated prospect out of high school that chose the Wolverines over Penn State because "Michigan was just that awesome."
- Popularized the "Revolution" face mask that many quarterbacks now use.
- Is the Prototypical Pocket Passer. A Statue QB. No Scramblin' for this guy, sir! Has a rocket arm and laser accuracy ("Henne to Manningham!! TOUCHDOWN!!" So many great memories!)
- Tough as nails. A great leader. Never shaken in the face of adversity. Played even with a shoulder injury.
- Solidified "QB freshman great wears #7" as a tradition after Ricky Leach started it.
- Broke all of Navarre's passing records.
- He is the only reason why I give my QBs "Revolution Normal 1" face mask in NCAA 13. It is Henne-esque fergodsakes!
- Tacopants notwithstanding, we have not had a QB with as powerful an arm as Chad Henne since.
- Kicked ass in the Capital One Bowl. Was a better QB than Heisman-winning Tim Tebow.
Henne will always be my favorite as well, mostly because the starters when I was a student were Navarre and Henne, and Henne wins that battle. Though I will always have a soft spot for Navarre for the same reason. I literally drove (with friends) from AA to Pasadena for the Navarre Rose Bowl, and although we lost, that was a badass trip.
The game's over!
I promise I'm in there somewhere though
after him the badboy Rick Leach for me. Devin may well vie for Denard before it's all over.
I remember people thinking he was going to waltz in in 2008 and lead the team to the BCS title game.
6 - 9. Some old guys that probably won a bunch of Championships
In 2005, I was young and naive. I never thought we would replace the great John Navarre. Then a fat little freshman walked into my hart. or heart I mean. At the end of that first game, I was convinced Henne and Hart would lead us to a National Championship within the next 4 years.
2006 may have been the closest we got, but that is by far my favorite season of Michigan football I can remember. (I was 7 years old in '97, and just falling in love with Michigan during that season. I guess that is why Henne is my favorite.
Also, yeah. I always forget Griese is like Kovacs Sr. Walk-on QB to National Champ. That is pretty awesome.
I too am a little partial to the Henne/Hart era. My favorite game when these guys were here was the Capital One bowl win over Heisman winning Tim Tebow, the Florida Gators and Urban Meyer. This was probably one of the best played and executed Michigan games I have ever seen.
Gosh I loved seeing the stupified looks of Meyer, Tebow, and all the rest of the gators when they realized they had lost the game. I am sure that they were all totally certain they were going to waltz to a victory
Edit: Go to 6:01. Can't figure out the embed on that
That Florida game was priceless, but my favorite game of that team was the 06 dismantalling of Notre Dame. They were number 2, and everyone thought that that would be a close game, and we just obliterated them from start to finish.
The best aspects of both of those games was watching Brady Quinn, and Tebow pick the turf divots our of their facemasks!!!
at my in-laws' house in Orlando while all of them--UF grads to a person--went off to watch the game and I watched on TV. I had only recently become a devotee of this site, and remember feeling as vindicated about Lloyd, amid all the animosity toward him here, as I was about Florida.
Now I have a Ph.D. from Florida. Still can't bring myself to root for them, though.
They weren't the only ones...we had a group get together for this game and the universal sentiment was "where the hell has this been the last two years?" No one could believe the offensive firepower unleashed for this one last game.
It was amazing.
Not to sell Griese short, but he wasn't really like Kovacs in that regard. He was recruited, and promised a scholarship once one opened up (and because his dad was an ex-NFL player, had no problem with this). He was much more like a grey-shirt situation than a true walk-on, certainly not like a student body walk on.
Denard. Unique athlete, superb human being and true Michigan Man. Carried us through some dark times, gave jaw-dropping performances and he did it all with class.
Where's the Threet?
I think there's going to be a generational gap here.
3. Brian Griese/Devin Gardner/Harbaugh
5. Dennis Franklin
10. Henson/Morris! (Morris deserves a mention for his recruiting efforts)
EDIT: Can't believe I forgot Harbaugh. Put him at tied for third with Griese and Gardner. Regardless of what you think of him now, he was awesome as a player.
I grew up in Hartland which was rivals with Brighton. I was 12 when I heard how awesome he was at destroying our teams and how a QB from Livingston County was gonna be a QB for Michigan after their national title year. So I always had a liking for him cause he was from he next town over. Just wish it ended better.
In a couple of years, Devin Gardner may get more mentions in threads like this. He's very articulate, humble, and willing to display his sense of humor. if he gets the job done on the field considering the supporting cast that he'll have that denard didn't have, he will be a fan favorite.
He's very articulate..... He speaks so well. Reminds me of a Chris Rock bit.
The same thing today! Lol my favorite is Chad Henne
They even designed the CoFoPoff logo after him! HEYY-OHH!
Yeah, it's easy now, but it's not really because of that. He lived in the apartment above mine when he was in college, so I was rooting for him then. Nice guy. And it wasn't easy at the time, because even though everyone loves him now, most people (particularly his first year starting) were screaming for Drew Henson to come in and replace him. Wasn't till a good way through his senior year that people started saying "just play Brady." And even after that I wasn't one who was going to say "Hall of Fame" I thought he was a real good college player who could be a career backup in the NFL. But I still don't think I've seen an offense as dangerous at Michigan as when we'd go four wideouts with him in the shotgun. Unstoppable (unless you snapped the ball to tacopants instead of Tom).
I'm curious: Did you get any sense of what kind of women he dated? It would be fun to compare and contrast them to Bridget and Giselle.
She was about 5'0 tall, very cute. He was a good dude in college. I remember being at another friend's party and when Brady went over to get a beer...Gary Grant (who somehow was on campus and wound up at my friend's party) started to uncomfortably hit on her and Brady and Grant had words with one another. Back then it was just another post-Ricks night...looking back kind of surreal.
I'd say "quiet."
Played great and won the most satisfying game in the last 45 years of Michigan football. Or maybe Tom Brady.
I always lived Moorhead.
Not sure who thought this was off-topic but if I recall correctly they asked who was my favorite quarterback. Elvis Grbac played quarterback at U-M for four years (1989-92 for those who don't remember). He is my favorite Michigan quarterback and we used to call him the King (in reference to the other Elvis).
1. Denard Robinson
3. John Wangler
5. Larry Cipa
I met Rick Leach a few times in school and I thought he was a dick, so he is off the list.
is why several of us now think he's real cool.
He was certainly known as a tool during the years he was on campus, and that's a very polite way to put it. He also was the greatest Michigan quarterback during my lifetime. So Leach is #1.
May Devin soon be considered #1!
...may have humbled him but may not have really changed him completely
Elvis needs some love here. My list...
If he hadn't hurt his knee in the '79 Gator Bowl my fantasy is that Michigan would have swept the table in 1980. As it was, they started 1-2 but won the rest of their games, including the Rose Bowl.
Harbaugh was my childhood hero. Ricky Leach is the first Michigan player whose name I knew. Elvis had the best name. Griese led the team to the NC. Brady was underrated and has proved that. Denard was the most electric, and you have to love him attending other M sporting events on a regular basis.
After those six, I still enjoyed the careers of Henne, Wangler, Collins and even Navarre.
The best thing about this question is the reminder that we have been pretty blessed as fans when it comes to QBs. I hope Devin Gardner is part of the discussion in a year or two.
If you held a gun to my head right now, I'd go with Griese because of the 97 season and the 96 upset of OSU. If you held a gun to my head tomorrow, I might go with someone else.
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Repeat many times, smoke blunt, sign rap deal, tour the world (skip East Lansing)
Probably get negged for this, but one of my favorite QBs is Tate Forcier. Gutsy litte bastard..always questioned, always doubted...and always seemed to pull out the unexpected finishes...
I am probably alone in thinking a Forcier/Robinson tandem could have worked - both rotating out of the QB/RB spot - read-option shred would have been fun to see - despite neither being a huge threat with their arms.
Forcier was 5-7 as a starter. "Always" pulled off the unexpected finishes is a bit exaggerated.
Record not great, but neither was the team around him. We weren't expected to even compete with ND but he and Stonum pulled off the upset. Will always have great memories of that come from behind win:
Too much credit towards stonum in my opinion
For his outstanding dedication and desire to help the team, I'd say Devin Gardner
You said favorite, not best
i can't remember any exact plays or anything, but he was the qb when i was beginning to like football.
turns out, it was a pretty good choice. following that there were some tough michael taylor, demetrius brown years, before settling into a nice comfy grbac, collins, etc. routine.
1. Denard Robinson 2. Devin Gardner 3. Chad Henne
Harbaugh. First football game I ever watched was Michigan-Nebraska Fiesta Bowl in '86.
Henne/Denard for me. When Henne was a freshman is when I really started to follow and understand football. Before that I was just a little kid that liked Michigan.
I was 14 in 1973 and not really much of a football fan. Then I woke up to Michigan football. Denny Franklin was the man. Sold ... Michigan fan for life.
How many of the other Michigan QB's being mentioned have a National Championship ring? Griese is the only modern era Michigan QB to win one, so that has to stand for something.
Mostly because all the most irritating people on the message board I used to frequent ripped on him 24-7. He didn't have great talent but he kept plugging away, and his senior year he led the team that thumped OSU and won the conference outright.
Exactly my thoughts. He was never supposed to play nearly as early or as much as he did, he brought out an ugly side of our fanbase I'd never seen before, and yet he was nothing but classy, stuck with it, and walked out a winner in that 2003 OSU game.
He's not the best Michigan QB I've seen, but I doubt I'll ever be prouder of or more impressed with one than I am with him.
Best college career - Henne
Most Talented - Henson
Best post-Michigan - Brady
Most exciting - Shoelace
Leach/Harbaugh were way before my time...so this is '94 to present.
If by best college career, you mean the longest, then OK. Otherwise Henne was 0-4 vs. OSU, 1-3 in bowl games, his sophomore year was coined The Year of Infinite Pain by Brian, and then he capped it off with The Horror and being hurt his senior year. You can watch WH's Harbaugh tribute (if it hasn't been deleted) and know he had a better career. Grbac threw to a Heisman winner, Todd Collins is third all-time in passing efficiency behind Grbac and Harbaugh, Griese beat OSU three times, won a Rose Bowl and a national championship, Henson is still the last Michigan QB to win in Columbus, and even Navarre beat OSU.
Grbac to Desmond? Harbaugh and Rose Bowl? Todd Collins? Drew Henson? John freakin' Navarre? IT'S LIKE MICHIGAN HAS HAD A TON OF GREAT PLAYERS OR SOMETHING.
Last time one of these was posted I went with Johnny Wangler. This time I think I'll go with Michael Taylor
Someone upthread posted that folks favor the QB of their campus years. That leaves me with Demetrius Brown, Michael Taylor and Elvis Grbac. At the time, I was always happy when Taylor played because he seemed to facilitate Bo's conservative game plan as an option QB and was accurate enough to lob the occasional bomb to McMurtry and Calloway. Unfortunately my man couldn't stay healthy and that might have ulitmately cost us in '89.
I actually latched onto that particular post as well. In my case, that would leave me saying Griese, Brady and Henson, which is actually a really solid trio as Michigan QBs go, so I might very well run with that as an answer - along with Dilithium and Henne.
In my time on campus, that trio of Griese, Brady and Henson went 3-1 against MSU and Ohio State, as I recall, and there was also the National Championship, the 2000 Orange Bowl and the Big Ten Championship in 1998. It was a most excellent time.
Ricky Leach, the guts and glue of the Maize and Blue.
Henne, Denard, griese, Brady, Navarre, Denard (again, just for fun)
I am going with Navarre. He took a lot of unwarranted abuse and handled it with dignity.
He had decent junior and senior seasons, was a nice guy, and did a lot of charity work.
I remember that once he was interviewed by some TV lady who asked him what it was like to be a big man on campus and he responded that he couldn't go out on to campus, because people would try to pick fights with him. How disgusting is that. His dad also sat in the stands and heard a lot of abuse hurled at his son.
Navarre was a class act and had a solid college career.
Demetrius Brown. I believe he was the qb on the day I became a Michigan fan thanks to my older brother. That was Earle Bruce's last game; the 23-20 loss. I have been a huge fan ever since despite living in sw Ohio.
Henne. Very underrated and overshadowed by Hart/Manningham/Long.
He started for 4 years...put up crazy stats...went to 2 Rose bowls (once as a true freshman) and beat Tim Tebow and Urb's asses.
He is generally looked down upon because of his record against OSU. :(
How can you have Griese 5 when he won a championship?
You people are crazy. Griese went 3-0 as a starter against Ohio...upsetting undefeated #2 Ohio and Heisman trophy winner Eddie George in 1995, upsetting undefeated #2 Ohio in 1996 and beating a 10-1, #4 Ohio in 1996 allowing Michigan to play for the national championship. Then he had the best game of his career in the National Championship game in the Rose Bowl...AND WE WON!
And he did it with 1/4 of the athleticism of Shoelace and half the talent of a Henne/Henson/Brady.
But had almost nothing to do with them. Two years it was all about the defense, and the other it was all about the running back.
And I wouldn't say his talent was that bad. He had a better career than Henson and probably Henne in the NFL. He did have a Hall of Fame dad.
...beat Ohio teams ranked within the top 4...3 times in 3 years...and won a national championship. Griese was not the best QB...he only got the staring job because Scott Dreisbach got injured in 1995 and 1996. He is my favorite because he did more with less.
Several were better. None were more electrifying than Denard. But Griese is my favorite.
For all the reasons you mentioned (do we have any other QB that beat OSU three times?), plus the following:
* Griese actually got kicked off the team for getting into a bar fight. He then set his schedule to work out at the same time the team did and worked his way back onto the squad as the pooch punter. THE POOCH PUNTER. Then he leads us to an undefeated season and the first national title in 50 years?!
* As a senior, he was just plain heady. Cool as a cucumber. The '97 Iowa game stands out. We went into the half down 21-7. Griese came out in the 2nd half and threw for 2 TD's and ran for another. Game won, perfect season preserved.
* 3 TD passes, two for 50+ yards, in the 1998 Rose Bowl with the national title on the line. Also, on that last drive he converted something like three 3rd and longs, at least one of them be spinning out of a sack, taking off, and lunging to pick up the 1st down by half a yard. What tough customer. No points on that drive, but it ended with WSU pinned on their own, what, 7 yard line?
* Watching his dad call several of our games that year with Keith Jackson (including the Rose Bowl) as everything came together for young Brian and the rest of the squad was a really unique experience.
¡Viva el catorce!
Griese, quite honestly, wasn't very good until his senior year. And even then, while he had an efficient, mistake-free season, he was not required to win us many games himself, other than the Rose Bowl. He had the great luxury of having one of the all-time great defenses on the other side of the ball. Our other QBs haven't had that.
Harbaugh. Guaranteed victory over OSU and delivered.
....followed closely (in no particular order) by Tom Brady, Rick Leach and John Harbaugh. Dennis Franklin was Michgan's QB when I first fell in love with UM Football. Back in the glory days of the Big 2/Little 8 and the 10 Year War, he had an astounding 30-2-1 record as a starter yet never went to a bowl game. Unfortunately, the 2 losses and 1 tie were all against Ohio, with the two loses by a combined total of 5 points. He didn't have gaudy stats, but was a great leader and clutch performer - a true Michigan Man.
Agreed. Dennis Franklin was amazing
I'm pretty sure he was Bob Ufer's favorite Qb...
"Dennis Franklin! DENNIS FRANKLIN! TOUCHDOWN DENNIS FRANKLIN! HE FOOLED EVERYBUDDY! He fooled me! He fooled the umpires! OH MY GOD DENNIS FRANKLIN! TOUCHDOWN MEEEEEEECHIGAN!!"
Interesting article about recent Michigan QB's.
http://maizeandgoblue.com/tag/john-navarre/ -- Theres a little bit to love to go around for all our Michigan play callers.
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There is only one answer. Jim Harbaugh.
Robinson prob 4, to many high light reels and records to not have him in top 5
Denard is my favorite.
...Rose Bowl appearances?
Great dude?- Yes.
Most exciting player to play for Michigan since Woodson? - absolutely.
Just didn't have the big time wins. Wish he'd been able to be a RB/WR from the start.
Like, subs crazy. Denard Freaking Robinson, man.
Strong arm, consistent, but had lead feet.
but averaged having the ball swatted down 5 times a game (give or take a few >.>) Kidding aside, a great Michigan man.
of my top 3, but I cant. Same with Brady... so I am going to cheat.
Brady and Denard have to make it for obvious reasons. But Denard had many negatives to go with achievements.. and Brady had a couple big games but went to another level in NFL. (To point out the obvious)
I must be really getting old. . . .
* and an honorable mention to Tate Forcier, who I think could have been something really special if he'd had his head screwed on right with the right HC.
Elvis Grbac. Led the team to an undefeated record and a Rose Bowl win the year after the loss of Desmond Howard. A certain Mr. Wheatley had a lot to do with it (and Derrick Alexander and an amazing defense), but they were totally thrilling. If only overtime had existed back then, we might have national titles in both '92 and '97.
I'm going with Grbac, because the '97 offense is kind of unwatchable, while the defense is wildly entertaining. The '92 offense was too much fun.
Unwatchable? That's a bit strong. Yes, the defense was the strength of that team, but we wouldn't have gone undefeated without Griese and the offense. We had to come from behind in at least 4 games that year, as I recall. The Rose Bowl MVP was Griese, not Woodson.
I'm saying I tend to tune out during the offensive stretches of rebroadcasts of 1997 games. DeBord just makes me snooze. 1993 was wide-open and fun. Much closer to a proto-passing spread.
His passing/decision making caused me to drink heavily and punch/throw times at times. He had some great moments. "Boom, Denarded" in the UTL and "that's six" against UConn in his coming out party game stick out.
Perhaps it is Fred Norcross. During his 3 years the team record was 33-1-1 and we outscored our opponents 1627-30. Oh yeah this was from 1903-5. They won 2 National Championships.
My two favorite Michigan Football memories are: 1) winning the '97 national championship, and 2) upsetting undefeated Ohio State in Columbus in '96 and ruining their perfect season. So, the answer would have to be Brian Griese.
John Navarre. He was qb when I first started watchn Michigan football n I always defended him when there were so many haters. He won't go down as the greatest michigan qb but he's #1 in my book
Clayton Richard. He could throw that speed ball by ya...Make ya look like a fool boy...Glory Days!!!
Always dependable. All he did was win B1G titles.
Elvis for his performance. Denard for his smile.
Rick Leach was far and away my favorite until...Denard.
3. Dennis Franklin
4. The two-headed Demetrius Brown/Michael Taylor
Has anybody seen the 18 packs of 16oz cans.
Anyway, Steve Smith, Denard and anybody throwing to AC!
Has anybody seen the 18 packs of 16oz cans.
Anyway, Steve Smith, Denard and anybody throwing to AC!
Bo's first Rose Bowl win, best QB cheer in Michigan history outlined above, our first passing QB in my lifetime, the 45 yd TD pass to AC to beat Indiana with 6 seconds left, the excitement in the stadium when he came in to replace BJ Dickey, seeing our QB actually be able to truly throw the ball.....So, my favorite by far!
All of us students loved Wangler when he was playing, but it is hard to list him among the real greats. We loved him because he was a cool guy (in contrast to his predecessor #7) and he could throw the ball (in contrast to his predecessor #7), and we were tired of three yards and a cloud of dust. And, yes, I still love Johnny Wang.
Scott Dreisbach just because nobody has said him yet jokingly. That Virginia game will always be a great memory for me, epic comeback.
Credit to Wolverine Historian of course.
Skip to the 8 minute mark and enjoy Dreisbach greatness
Driesbach even did me a solid and lobbed it to Hayes in my corner of the endzone for the win.
The only other thing I really remember from that day was that it was the worst sunburn I've ever gotten in my life. Holy Hell it was hot and UV-intensive that day.
Wore shorts, the tops of my legs were so sunburned that I was in pain for a week after that... Great finish though I'm glad I stayed till the end.
Partly because he's a beast. Partly because he's the first qb we've had in five or six years
but if I could, it would be from this group;
Leach, Brady, Grbac, Greise and Wangler.
I pick Don Moorhead, because he's a homeboy (from South Haven) and because he was QB in my favorite game in Michigan history, the gigantic upset in 1969 over Ohio.
Then Rick Leach, the guts and glue of the Maize and Blue.
Then Denard, for "guts and glue" brought forward into the 21st century.
How can anyone pick Rick Leach as the greatest QB on the greatest team. Every year ended in disapointment.
Sure he was a 4 year starter and a great athlete. But:
He lost at least 2 games every year.
He couldn't pass...he missed a lot of passes...and that's when he did throw. He made everyone nervous everytime he dropped back to pass. Sure we were an option team but who could pick as their favorite, a QB that can't pass.
He lost the final game every year. Every year ended in disapointment.
Finally as many here from that time have said, he was a well known jerk on campus. Took advantage of his fame with every girl he could. Was a conceeded .... Never a Michigan Man with today's definition. If he had twitter when he was recuited he probably would have been dropped. He also, as everyone knows, criticized Carr because he talked to an opposing team member after retirement. He's still a jerk.
If you wan't to pick an option QB pick Dennis Franklin. He was much much better.
Three year starter.
10-1 in 1972
10-0-1 in 1973 and broke his collarbone vs Ohio in a tie.
10-1 in 1974 and lost to Ohio by 2 points.
And after Leach we had Wangler. He was much better too. Won Bo's first Rose Bowl. And the most exciting plays were when Wangler passed...especially to AC.
How can anyone pick Rick Leach as the greatest QB on the greatest team.
Do you see the title of this post? It's not "who is the greatest?" or "who played on the best team?" It's about your favorite QB. That can be anybody.
That's who I really imprinted on ... After that, Rick Leach and Jim Harbaugh.
No order but I like:
Franklin - Hard nosed winner, great option QB
Wangler - Also a winner and our first real passer - won Bo's first Rose Bowl
Harbaugh - You gotta like his guarantee vs Ohio
Elvis - 10-0-1 I believe
Griese - Of course the NC
Brady - Competition kept him off the field but when called upon he won. He also beat Bama in his last game. Lloyd should have just gone with Brady. Henson bailed anyway.
Henne - Great passer, leader, and won a lot of tough games.
Denard - what's not to like. A great Michigan Man. I'd take him anyday over Leach as an option QB and of course he was/is a great, humble, man of character.
What is the 10-0-1 record for Elvis?
justin freaking feagin
Read the question before judging answers ....
I'll go with Spencer Brinton then. Loved that guy.
I became a Michigan fan in the mid-70s => Rick Leach. Plus he was from my home town.
When he played baseball on the road, Big Ten opponent crowds would chant "Rose Bowl, Rose Bowl, Rose Bowl" alternating with the same cadence an "Orange Bowl" chant.
No Michigan man in my lifetime took more abuse.
He beat Woody 3 years in a row, after nearly winning as a freshman.
He finished a spring football game, went to Ray L., changed uniforms, and knocked in the winning run against Minnesota.
The baseball team used to stay in the SAE house after the school year ended, as baseball season continued another 2 to 4 weeks. I was an SAE at the time, and never found him to be a tool.
Everyone has bad moments. He is the best UM athlete I have seen.
Drew was the best raw talent to ever play the position in the winged helmet. Timing for him sucked. If he'd stayed his fourth year in 2001, it would have been with a totally wiped out offense. Navarre picked up the pieces as best he could that year, but that offense was firing on 2 cylinders.
And this is coming from a guy who graduated in 1982.
Those who stay...
I'm going with Grbac, the first QB I actually remember watching as a kid. I remember having a hard time accepting that his name was actually Elvis. Harbaugh would have been next, because I'm also a Colts fan, but he's kind of been a dick in the recent past, so I think I'm stopping at Grbac.
'Griese won the first national title our program had seen in fifty years. 'Nuff said.
but since you're focused on W-L, I don't think you'd understand if we tried to explain it to you.
between Denard and Dennis Franklin. If Denard had been one of our option qbs, he would have been as popular as Ricky. Denny lead UM to its highest winning percentage under one QB. Also, if DR had played with a typical UM defense of that era, game over. No decisions to make.
Denard only started two games against Ohio at QB. He went 1-1 in those.
What a list to choose from! Jimmy was and is larger than life, but a bit of a tool. Tommy became the greatest QB ever to play at any level. Elvis rocked-see 83 Rose Bowl shootout with Bruener. Favorite has to be Greise for not only what he did, but for the man that he is.
It woulda been Henson if he'd come back for his senior year. I don't know that we would have been able to win it all, but I still think we would have run the table in the regular season.
I don't have an aboslute favorite, but I sure would have liked to have seen Matt Gutierrez and Antonio Bass leading some teams.
The three QB's from which I grew up with. If I had to choose, I'd probably go with Elvis.
Agree man, would have loved to see what he could have accomplished !
so Brian is the favorite without question.
great topic. and a real tough question.
Ultimetly Griese is the one who won the title. Without him we're a team who hasn't won it since 1948. And griese threw chairs violently at scorekeepers. So I guess he's my #1.
Henson was a talent. Wow what could of been. But what Brady has done in the NFL can't be denied. I don't care that the question is relative to college QB career. Brady bumps to #2 on my list due to superbowls.
Up until recently Harbaugh would have been my #3. Before '97 he was my #1. But the reality is that he didn't deliver on one of Bo's better chances to win a national championship, and now he behaves like a tool.
Devin, Denard, Demetrius Brown, TC, and Ricky Leach (who I wish would call WTKN more often) receive honorable mention on my list.
Ultimetly Griese is the one who won the title. Without him we're a team who hasn't won it since 1948.
I don't know about that. Honestly, I think you could have put a few different Michigan QBs on the 1997 team and we'd have won it all. Carr/DeBord didn't even really trust him with the offense most of the season. During the Rose Bowl, fans were shocked that he could even throw that deep - he hadn't shown it all year.
The player who was absolutely indispensable on the '97 team was Woodson. Take him off that team and it probably goes 8-4 again - maybe worse.
Devin will be very high on a lot of people's list in 2 years...hopefully #1.
I can't really answer this question. I've liked a lot of our QBs. I don't have one who's my favorite.
I can name my favorite RB, though - Tyrone Wheatley. Incredible combination of size and speed, and a superb KO returner to boot. He seemed to save his best for the big games, too.
Overall for me, it was Henne. It almost seemed like we could take it all with him, Hart, our plethora of talented recievers and great blocking line. Believe it or not, I hold John Navarre in high regard as well, but that may be because the few times I met him in person, he was a really cool guy. Robinson will be the guy who took us out of the dark early years of the Richrod experiment. Brady was incredible in the Bama game, but I always held more excitement for Henson even tho Brady seemed to be much more efficient. Grbac was also something amazing to witness on television.
1 - Henne
2 - Robinson
3 - Henson
4 - Grbac
5 - Brady
6 - Navarre
I don't really know if there is a wrong answer to this question.... All U of M QBs are heroes IMO
Dave Glinka. Great Michigan Man although he never beat ohio.
The Come Back Kid!!!!
He's the senior when I was a freshman, so I had the years of Brady/Henson/Navarre. It has to be Brady, even without his NFL carreer.....That's just icing on the cake.
There's no doubt in my mind that, with average defense/special teams in 2010, he wins the Heisman as a sophomore.
2. Thomas Brady
5 (t).. Henson (that one year was kinda awesome, leaving me w/ Navarre sucked)/Navarre (on the whole a great career-based on the numbers-but I used to get frustrated w/ the guy)