Michigan Football: Video of the Top Offensive Plays in Recent Wolverines History

Adam Hirshfield@ahirshfieldFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2011

Michigan Football: Video of the Top Offensive Plays in Recent Wolverines History

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    Michigan was dominant on both sides of the ball Saturday in the Wolverines' huge 58-0 win over Minnesota at the Big House.

    And while the Blue defense dominated Gophers freshman Max Shortell and the Minnesota offense, it was the Michigan offense that clicked in ways it hadn't in quite a while.

    Yes, Heisman Trophy contender Denard Robinson put up his usual solid stats: He posted 51 yards on the ground (on just six carries) but improved vastly through the air, completing 15 of 19 passes for 169 yards and two scores before getting pulled for backup Devin Gardner in the third quarter.

    But offensive coordinator Al Borges opened up the playbook, getting Gardner involved in the game early and calling some trick plays, most of which surprised the Minnesota defense and paid major dividends for the Wolverines.

    From Vincent Smith's halfback option touchdown pass to Drew Dileo to Gardner's flip to Robinson and his pass back across the field to Gardner, the Wolverines had some fun on Saturday.

    And it got me to thinking about some of the most exciting offensive plays in recent Wolverines history.

    Take a look at these videos and pick your favorite plays in the comments section below.

    Enjoy, and go Blue!

Best Michigan Trick Plays Ever

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    "Razzle dazzle" and "Michigan football" don't typically belong together in the same sentence.

    Take a look at these trick plays, though, some of them from way back to the time of the legendary Bo Schembechler, and you might feel differently.

Double Pass

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    Here are several examples of Michigan's patented double pass.

    It works.

    And it continues to work.

    Michigan tried a variation of this one Saturday with Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner, and though they gained just two yards, it opened things up for the running game and passing game, especially with both QBs in the formation at once.

Michigan vs. Notre Dame, Sept. 10, 2011

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    We all remember this one, since it happened just three short weeks ago.

    Michigan's 35-31 win over Notre Dame at the Big House was full of memorable offensive plays. See: "Robinson, Denard (Shoelace)."

    I defy you to sit through the highlights without getting goosebumps.

Denard Robinson Highlights

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    Looking for more highlights of the exciting junior quarterback from Deerfield Beach, Fla.?

    Take a gander at this terrific compilation from the 2010 season.

Longest Runs

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    Miss Michigan men like Tyrone Wheatley, Tony Boles, Butch Woolfolk and Carlos Brown?

    Get your fix with these long-distance scampers.

Longest Passes

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    OK, maybe long passes are more your thing.

    How about a long hookup from Jim Harbaugh to John Kolesar?

    Maybe you're interested in a Todd Collins-to-Derrick Alexander connection from 1993?

    Or perhaps you prefer John Navarre to Tyrece Butler?

    Or the more obscure Drew Henson-to-Marcus Knight bomb?

    But No. 1 on the list? Well, it includes current Tom Brady backup Ryan Mallett and Mario Manningham.

    Watch and enjoy!

Top Kick Returns

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    Here's where some of the big names start to come up:

    Desmond Howard, Steve Breaston and the aforementioned Tyrone Wheatley and Tony Boles take these kicks and take them to the house.