The Wolverine

February 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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WOLVERINE WATCH   JOHN BORTON D Changes, Vows, Results Lift Winter Mood ecember spat unkindness all and overall offense went into the over Michigan football and hands of an Alabama import. Hoke basketball, like Mt. Doom wants Michigan's offense to eventuspewing out ash and ally look very much like lava in a cacophony of the one the Crimson Tide imminent demise. Last employed in rolling to 24 we checked, Samwise wins and a national title Gamgee was hauling over the past two years. Brady Hoke and John Who better to make it Beilein on his back, up happen than the archithe mountainside. tect of those two highly Hoke's crew lost ineffective offenses, Doug jured quarterback Devin Nussmeier? No one, in Gardner, saw four of five Hoke's mind. He expects games slip away in NoNussmeier — guru to vember, then dropped quarterbacks such as a disheartening Dec. The U-M football program Alabama's A.J. McCar28 bowl named after made a bold move in the off- ron, Washington's Jake chicken, not roses. On season, bringing in offensive Locker, Michigan State's the basketball side, the coordinator Doug Nussmeier Jeff Smoker and Drew talk of the 2013 NCAA from Alabama to provide Stanton, and NFL Pro a shot in the arm for the Bowler Marc Bulger — Tournament, Mitch Wolverines. McGary, found himself to be a shot in the arm PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL headed for the scalpel, for U-M QBs, and a shot rather than knifing down the lane. across the bow for defenses throughAll may not have been lost at that out the Big Ten and beyond. point, but you couldn't find an upNussmeier knows the type of quarbeat pulse among most Michigan terback talent to come through Ann fans with a GPS. Arbor. He's ready to begin adding to Football had crashed and burned. the roster. Basketball was about to slide into that "You talk about the quarterback flaming rubble. Then all of a sudden, position, the great quarterbacks that some very different flames — ones of have played here," he said. "You go hope — began to flicker. down the list — [Tom] Brady, [Brian] In a bold and stunning move, Griese, Denard Robinson, Chad Michigan's dormant rushing attack Henne — it's Quarterback U. The

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