Michigan Football: Grading Every New Starter's Week 1 Performance

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Michigan Football: Grading Every New Starter's Week 1 Performance
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The Wolverines got a boost from familiar and unfamiliar faces during Saturday's 59-9 throttling of CMU.

Although he accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing), quarterback Devin Gardner wasn't the only productive force Saturday during Michigan's 59-9 dismantling of Central Michigan at The Big House. 

In fact, if it weren't for those three scores, Gardner's stat line of 8-for-13 and 162 yards, including seven rushes for 57 yards, wouldn't seem all that impressive given the opponent. 

It was Gardner's first season opener as the No. 1 quarterback, so his performance is worth noting. Fitz Toussaint took the field as the No. 1 running back for the first time since Week 11 of 2012; he rushed for two touchdowns—again, a performance worth noting, although he's not technically a new guy.

For all intents and purposes, Gardner and Toussaint helped usher in a new era of Wolverines football. They're veterans, but, in a sense, they were new because of the throwback feel of Team 134. 

Unfamiliar faces—some of which have experience but aren't regulars—such as seniors Joe Reynolds and Jeremy Jackson, did well, too. 

This slideshow will examine some of the key first-timers' performances and touch on what the old-but-new guys did during the Wolverines' devouring of the Chippewas. 

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