Michigan Football: 5 Players Who Have Surprised Us in 2013

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Michigan Football: 5 Players Who Have Surprised Us in 2013
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UM coach Brady Hoke nearly lost on the road to UConn on Saturday.

Four up, four down. 

Michigan's win-loss record is unblemished, but the perception of Team 134 may be at a season-low after its desperate 24-21 victory Saturday over UConn in East Hartford. 

Turnovers have plagued quarterback Devin Gardner, who has eight interceptions this season in four games compared to five picks in five games in 2012.

The offense, at times, has been nothing short of flat and disappointing. After torching Central Michigan 59-9 and outdoing Notre Dame 41-30, the Wolverines' scoring abilities have come into question after a pair of average showings against UConn and Akron (won 28-24). 

Problems are on both sides of the ball, as the defense has failed to live up to expectations. Other than Frank Clark, the defensive front has lacked a true playmaker through the first four contests. The linebackers haven't dazzled, but Desmond Morgan emerged as a gamer with a key interception in the fourth quarter versus the Huskies. 

That's one of the lone highlights thus far.

A work in progress. That's Michigan football. The good, the bad and the otherwise will be examined in this slideshow. All hope isn't lost for the Wolverines, but serious adjustments during the bye week are necessary if they're going to compete in the Big Ten. 

 

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