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Weakest Position: Quarterback
It's no secret that Devin Gardner struggled to guide Michigan's offense to victories last season. It's wasn't, however, for lack of trying. Gardner actually put together a pretty impressive 2013 from a statistical standpoint: 2,960 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 246.7 passing yards per game, 483 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.
So what is it about the Michigan quarterback that leads us to believe Gardner (along with Shane Morris) should be part of the weakest position group the Wolverines will field in 2014?
If you take a look at Michigan's best offensive outings last season, you'll see a commonality between them: porous opposing defenses. Against Minnesota, Indiana and Ohio State, the three best offensive performances of 2013, you'll find three Big Ten programs that all were sixth or worse in total defense.
Additionally, Ohio State and Indiana were the two bottom teams in passing defense last season.
Should we really be impressed with the fact that Gardner can light up a defense that is being picked apart every week?
It also doesn't help the Michigan quarterbacks out that every other position group seems to be making strides this offseason toward getting better. Gardner, on the other hand, had a pretty rough spring—leaving his status as starter still somewhat in doubt heading into fall camp.
Strongest Position: Linebackers
Jake Ryan is back, and if he can stay 100 percent through 2014, he will be the anchor of a lockdown defensive midfield that could have multiple 100-tackle performers this season.
With Ryan moving to the middle linebacker slot from the strong side, expect to hear his name a lot this fall. Joined by James Ross III and Desmond Morgan, along with experienced backups such as Joe Bolden and Brennen Beyer, running backs and slot receivers will loathe entering the middle of Michigan's defense come September.