A New Blue Quarterback

Michigan will start the 2004 season with a quarterback who has never started a game for the Maize and Blue. Fortunately for Michigan, fully six Big-Ten teams are replacing their starting quarterbacks, including, besides U-M, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, and Minnesota. <br><br> How has U-M fared in the past with a brand new signal-caller?<br><br> Here is a teaser from the upcoming (Aug. 1 approx.) preseason issue of GoBlueWolverine Magazine.

Here is how the Wolverines have fared when replacing a quarterback since the ‘modern era' of pro-style Maize and Blue QB's.

In John Navarre's first season (2001) the Wolverines finished 8-4;
Drew Henson went 9-3 in his first season (2000) as starter;
Tom Brady 10-3 (1998);
Brian Griese/Scott Driesbach 9-4 (1995);
Todd Collins 8-4 (1993);
Elvis Grbac 9-3 (1990).

Based on this data, Michigan fans could expect their team to go "8.5 - 3.5" in 2004.

Furthermore, not only must Michigan replace its quarterback this season, but it'll be also be going with a tailback with absolutely no starting experience. Looking again at the above history, this happened in the past (where both the starting tailback and quarterback had no previously starting experience) with Navarre (the 8-4 '01 season) and Grbac (the 9-3 '90 season). Nothing of additional significance jumps out there.

And then factor this in as well: U-M will also be starting a brand new offensive center too. As to when ALL THREE positions fielded new starters at Michigan … one has to go back over 30 years.

What are the ramifications of all this ... newness? The Preseason GoBlueWolverine Magazine goes into detail! It will be available on (approx.) August 1st. Subscribe now!

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