For several years Michigan sent a stream of quarterbacks into the National Football League. Jim Harbaugh, Elvis Grbac, Todd Collins, Drew Henson, Tom Brady, John Navarre and the latest being Chad Henne. Today five current and former Michigan quarterbacks performed on gridirons throughout college football. Let's take a look-in and see how they did.
Denard Robinson is examined by the Michigan medical staff.
Before his frightening knee injury late in the first quarter, Robinson piled up 129 yards rushing (five attempts, two TDs) and 60 yards passing (four of four). Robinson wasn't hurt seriously, however as he was seen celebrating Devin Gardner's TD run late in the game.
Afterwards, Head Coach Rich Rodriguez seemed relieved. "Denard seems to be fine, talking to him and the trainers," Rodriguez told the Associated Press. "He tweaked his knee a little bit. If he had to come back in, he could've. He'll get some treatment and get ready to go. We'll be fine for next week. He should be OK."
Robinson's four game totals are Heisman-like for sure. He's rushed for 688 yards on 70 carries with six TDs. The passing stats are likewise. How about 57 of 80 for 731 yards with four TDs and one interception.
After today's 37-14 win Jim Harbaugh's Stanford squad is ready for a Pac-10 championship run.
Someday Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh may be the mentor at Michigan. But the former All-American quarterback first has his eyes set on a Pac-10 championship. Harbaugh's squad defeated Notre Dame today 37-14 at South Bend and remains undefeated at 4-0. .
Despite criticizing the Michigan athletic department's football academic standards, Harbaugh's name has come up on numerous occasions should Michigan be in the market for a new coach.
Harbaugh quarterbacked Michigan from 1983-86. His best team was the 1985 squad which finished 10-1-1 and defeated Nebraska 27-23 in the Fiesta Bowl. Harbaugh was third in the Heisman voting the following year before moving on to the National Football League.
He was named NFC Player of the Year in 1995, and was nicknamed "Captain Comeback" for his heroic play with the Indianapolis Colts during the 1995 and 1996 playoffs. He began his pro career with the Chicago Bears.
Devin Gardner is already fun to watch. At 6-4 he has little if any trouble seeing the field, and his long stride makes him deceptively quick.
In the rout of Bowling Green, Gardner saw his first extended action of the season. Despite being a true freshman, Gardner showed he can contribute immediately. After Robinson was hurt, Gardner didn't miss a beat, Before the first quarter was over, he threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Gallon and later scored on a nifty seven-yard run. In between, Gardner had a few ineffective series enabling Tate Forcier to join the show.
Gardner finished the day with 7 of 10 passing in addition to 25 yards rushing.
Ryan Mallett began his collegiate career as Chad Henne's understudy in 2007. But when Rich Rodriguez came aboard, Mallett figured the read-option offense wasn't for him and transferred to Arkansas. After sitting out the 2008 season, Mallett passed for 3,624 yards while leading the Razorbacks to an 8-5 record including a victory over East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl.
Picking up right where he left off, Mallett had Arkansas ahead of No. 1 Alabama 20-14 at the end of the third quarter earlier today. But a pair of untimely Mallett interceptions let the Crimson Tide escape with a 24-20 victory.
Despite the loss, Mallett's four-game stats are still awesome. He's completed 95 of 138 passes for 1438 yards and 10 touchdowns.
After the fourth game a year ago, it was Tate Forcier among the players mentioned for the Heisman. But , an assortment of injuries, a televised disagreement with Coach Rodriguez and five straight losses to end the season, had fans wondering if the freshman quarterback would be back.
Add an indifferent spring game to a summer of discontent, and you end up with a third string quarterback.
With Denard Robinson out with a knee injury, and Devin Gardner suffering from a few ineffective series, Rodriguez handed the reins to Forcier who was to see his first action of the 2010 season.
All Forcier did was complete all 12 of his passes, setting the single-game record for highest completion percentage (with a minimum of 10 attempts). The mark eclipsed Jim Harbaugh's 12-for-13 performance versus Purdue in 1985. Forcier also ran for 30 yards on just four carries.