The Michigan Wolverines football team may not have been the success story that head coach Brady Hoke had hoped for. With a great amount of talent on the 2013 roster surrounding quarterback Devin Gardner expectations for the football team were very high. Unfortunately, the Wolverines were not able to accomplish all of their initial goals. Individuals for the football team were able to accomplish some very admirable goals in 2013.
The MVP award could have gone to any number of talented individuals this year. Gardner was a Maxwell player of the week recipient for his efforts the week of September 7, where he accounted for four touchdowns in his team’s game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. That same week Gardner also received the honor being called the Davey O’Brien quarterback of the week and the Anthlon Sports Big Ten offensive player of the week. Gardner also received an all-Big Ten honorable mention this year. In 2013 Gardner took 2,960 passing yards and 21 touchdowns.
Tight end Devin Funchess is another qualified candidate. Funchess may not have received the award of offensive MVP this season but the celling is very high for his future as his potential is astronomical. Funchess was a finalist for the John Mackey tight end of the year award given to the top tight end in all of college football. Also in 2013, Funchess was a first team all-big ten player and received the Kwalick-Clark award for the Big Ten tight end of the year.
Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint is another outstanding Wolverine who may have been deserving of the Offensive MVP award for the Wolverines. In 2013 Toussaint was an integral part of the Wolverine offense. Throughout his career Toussaint started in 32 games for the Maize and Blue.
There were people with very high skill levels with potential to get their hands on the ball for the Wolverines. The 2013 Michigan Wolverine MVP award was given to wide receiver Jeremy Gallon. The team MVP award is appropriately named the Bo Schembechler Award named for long time Wolverine football head coach Bo Schembechler. Gallon had 80 receptions for nine touchdowns and 1,284 yards in 2013. Gallon’s hard work earned him all-Big Ten second team honors at wide receiver. Given the talented field of wide receivers in the Big Ten this season that was quite an accomplishment. On top of his responsibilities at wide receiver, Gallon was also one of the Wolverine players responsible for handling the punt and kick returning duties.
Linebacker Jake Ryan accomplished an admirable feat by winning the Roger Zatkoff linebacker of the year award for the second consecutive season. Ryan may have missed part of the season with an unfortunate knee injury, but when on the field he made his impact felt as he recorded 28 tackles.
Senior Taylor Lewan decided to forgo the NFL draft a year ago and return to Ann Arbor for a senior season and was award with the offensive linemen of the year award for the second straight season. Lewan started 39 consecutive games for the Wolverines.