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Herbies says to keep an eye on Michigan
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 3:55 PM
“They play Notre Dame early, and they’re at Penn State the middle of October,” he said on a conference call yesterday previewing the 2013 season with play-by-play voice Brent Musburger. “You can make a really strong case they have a pretty good shot at being 7-0 as they get ready for a very, very challenging November, where they’re at Michigan State, have Nebraska, at Northwestern and Ohio State. The team could be better, but we’ll see how they’re able to navigate through that November.”
Herbstreit’s primary reason for optimism centers around an offense he said could be “really, really good.”
“If they can find a tailback — and I know the health of Fitzgerald Toussaint and the health of Derrick Green will be two big things — but how can you not like Devin Gardner?” Herbstreit said. “He’s 6-4, 215 pounds, (and) he fits perfectly into what (offensive coordinator) Al Borges wants to do.
“I think Al Borges, to his credit, did the best that he could a year ago in a very, very difficult set of circumstances with Denard Robinson. Denard will always be hailed and remembered by Michigan fans as being a hero. But when you’re Al Borges and trying to run a West Coast-style offense, it’s hard to make that spread, running-style quarterback work in your system. The future of Michigan football with Brady Hoke is more like (former coaches) Lloyd Carr, Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller: winning with defense, running the football with Tom Brady, Elvis Grbac-type of quarterbacks. That’s really what Gardner is going to provide for them. If the running game can go along to take some of the pressure off the passing game, then I think Gardner can have a great year.”
Herbstreit’s concern is more about Michigan’s defense.
“I still feel they need to upgrade the athleticism on that side of the football — I think they had 22 sacks last year,” Herbstreit said.
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