Ouimet On The Football Team: Quarterbacks

Who will start? Who will play? And will Chad Henne be redshirted? Those are the main QB Questions coming out of the Spring Game -- and as always former Michigan staffer Mark Ouimet is opinionated! And as far as QB recruiting -- why does Ouimet say, "An instate kid may be the best possibility"?

Ouimet:

"We all know Matt Gutierrez (6-4, 219 lbs.) has the best shot at being the starting quarterback, because of his extra year of experience over Clayton Richard (6-4, 220 lbs.). But, Clayton will play, especially early and in the easier games -- they need to get him some experience. As Braylon Edwards said after the Spring Game, Richard has a great arm and Gutierrez has great feet! That means Matt likes to get out there and move around a little bit which makes him susceptible to injury -- remember Drew Henson was hurt a fair amount during his time as Michigan's quarterback. For the past four years we all got used to John Navarre who was a huge guy and never left the pocket -- he was indestructable back there. So we got used to a Michigan quarterback never getting hurt -- but that's not always going to be the case."

"And I will say this. Because Spencer Brinton (6-5, 226 lbs.) is coming back in the fall as an 'insurance policy', freshman Chad Henne (6-3, 215 lbs.) will more than likely be redshirted this year. And then look at the logjam at the position: Gutierrez has three more years at Michigan, Richard four more years, and Henne five more. The question is: will the guy who finishes third in this race stay at Michigan? That is barring serious injury of course. The one guy who does have a fall-back -- Clayton could also play baseball at Michigan."

"And then there is quarterback recruiting this year. This is just my opinion, but I'd say keep your eye on a kid like Evan Sharpley (see out "Best Guess List") ... a local kid, he likes Michigan, he's been to the Michigan Camp, and he's a good quarterback. Michigan needs a quarterback in this class and it'll be hard to recruit a National Top 5-10 kid. Actually two quarterbacks in this class would be great, but one is a necessity. And an instate kid may be the best possibility. And they may just decide to grab someone early rather than waiting and taking the chance that they won't get one -- I'm not saying that is what is going to happen but it is a good possibility."

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