Coming into the 2012-13 season, the University of Michigan football program was coming off an impressive first year under head coach Brady Hoke and was returning one of the most athletic game changers in the country in Denard Robinson. Expectations were high for the Wolverines as it showed in the preseason polls as most of them had them near or in the top 10.
After being blown out in the first game of the season to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Wolverines were a non factor for the rest of the year. Ending the season with five loses is not what a top 10 preseason team should do.
Although they lose Robinson and a handful of others, the future is very bright in Ann Arbor.
Michigan has arguably the best recruiting class in the country. Led by the number one running back Derrick Green, this will be Hoke’s class to turn it around for good.
Not only do they have the number one running back, but also the third ranked quarterback, third ranked offensive tackle, first, sixth and seventh ranked offensive guards and fifth ranked tight end. Those are just the headliners for the class that is solid top to bottom.
Coming into the 2013 season, Michigan needed a class like the one they are projected to get to fill some holes. Currently, they are losing their starting center, left guard and right guard, tight end and quarterback due to graduation.
With the injury to running back Fitzgerald Toussaint as well as a deep crop of young talented lineman on their way to Ann Arbor, it looks like a perfect opportunity for Green to jump right into the starting role and never relinquish it.
When Robinson went down to injury, Devin Gardner stepped up and played very well. Gardner will look to be the full time starter this year and not have to worry about splitting time with Robinson.
With a heavily talented offensive line coming in to open up the holes for Green and protect highly recruited quarterback Shane Morris, Michigan is setting a solid foundation for the future.