2,238 yards (57.3 percent)
591 rushing yards (3.1 average)
Last year vs. Irish:
240 yards (69.7 percent)
91 rushing yards (5.3 average)
Okay, so I put the two Michigan quarterbacks together as one person and combined their statistics because we still don’t know which one will be starting against Notre Dame.
It’s likely that both will get the chance to run the offense at some point.
It’s been one long and agonizing offseason watching highlights from last year’s game and how good the Notre Dame defense made Tate Forcier look.
Unfortunately for Forcier, playing the game of his life and defeating a 6-6 Notre Dame squad could be his career claim to fame as it appears Denard Robinson is taking over the QB competition in Ann Arbor.
Reports from Michigan say that Robinson is vastly improved as a passer, but his biggest asset will be using his legs and making plays on the ground.
Notre Dame fans would be smart to watch the Michigan-UConn matchup in Week 1 to see what Rich Rodriguez has in store.
One other thought, if I may, for all those Wolverine fans hoping to see the explosive offense that Rich Rod displayed in West Virginia.
During his sophomore season, former Mountaineer quarterback Pat White rushed for 1,219 yards, at 7.4 per carry, with 18 touchdowns on the ground, to go along with a spectacular 159.73 passer rating.
Steve Slaton also chipped in 1,744 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground for that 11-win West Virginia club. Rodriguez has been trying to fill those shoes on the field for years now.