While the Michigan Wolverines will share a taste of it during the upcoming Outback Bowl, they won’t actually reveal their new power-I offense until next fall.
After five straight seasons of the read-option attack, Michigan finally has the personnel in place to make the switch.
The new offense features a smash-mouth, between-the-tackles tailback and a quarterback who is comfortable throwing play-action passes from the pocket.
Devin Gardner, who has shown signs of brilliance in a reserve role this season, takes over from option specialist Denard Robinson, who is headed for the National Football League. At 6’4”, Gardner has both the vision and the arm strength to be a successful dropback passer. In addition he has the necessary quickness to escape blitzing defenses.
Identifying that special tailback won’t be possible until at least spring practice, since incumbent Fitz Toussaint is recovering from a severe lower-leg injury. .
Let’s take a look at how Michigan’s depth chart will most likely look when spring practice begins in March.