The Wolverine

September 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BY JOHN BORTON P utting together a top-25 list out of Michigan's roster is never an easy task. Those guiding that roster would definitely rather the difficulties arise from too many candidates, rather than too few. The former now represents the re- ality, when it comes to head coach Brady Hoke's available performers. The Wolverines might not be over- burdened with superstars in a pre- season scan, but no fewer than 58 of them made a list of potential top-25 candidates. Younger players are growing up. Undermanned position groups are seeing numbers swell and competi- tion increase. To Hoke, that marks a move forward. Here is a quick look at those who made this year's list, featuring some highlighted performers, and some who rose the most last season. No. 1 — QB Devin Gardner For all of his explosive skills, domi- nance against Notre Dame last year, record-setting performance versus BIG HOUSE WATCH LIST Michigan's Top 25 Tally Shows Growing Depth While Devin Gardner threw 11 interceptions last season, eight of them were in the first four games, and he cut back to only three more picks in the eight Big Ten contests in 2013. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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