One of the main reasons the Michigan Wolverines had such a turnaround from their 7-6 season in 2010 to 11-2 in 2011 was because of their revitalized defense.
Ranked 110th in 2010, Brady Hoke and Greg Mattison completely turned around the mindset of the defense and as a result, the Wolverines became a top 20 squad.
The lone bright spot Rich Rodriguez had in his three seasons at Michigan was its offense. But Al Borges had a decision to make when he was hired. Would he force the existing offensive players into his system of the pro-style offense, or would he adapt his offense to fit the personnel on the team?
Thankfully, he picked the latter.
By using a hybrid of the spread and pro-style offenses, Borges was able to take full advantage of the talents of the players on the team. They scored more points than in 2010, limited fumbles and kept Denard Robinson healthier by including more players rushing the football.
The situation wasn't all positive, though. Denard struggled at times with some of the pro-style sets, and Borges could have benefited from helping Shoelace with some short routes from some of the wide receivers to boost his confidence.
While most of the offensive players will be returning in 2012, some key positions need new players to step up.