4. Michigan will have a very good passing game. Finally.
It’s been the biggest mystery of the Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan. Why isn’t the passing attack awesome?
This is the guy who made Colin Kaepernick this close to being a Super Bowl-winning quarterback. He helped mold Andrew Luck, coached up Rich Gannon in his MVP season with the Raiders, and entered the job in Ann Arbor as one of the premier quarterbacking minds in all of football.
And his Wolverine O finished 110th in the nation last year in passing, after finishing 85th in 2016, and a mediocre 53rd in his first season in 2015.
The Michigan Wolverines – as a team – threw nine touchdown passes last season and ten interceptions. That’s not okay.
Granted, it was a rebuilding season at receiver, and the quarterback situation was never quite settled, but still, coming up with dangerous passing games is supposed to be part of the allure of Harbaugh.
The defenses have been amazing, and the running games have been powerful enough to win plenty of games. But this year, the air show will finally come through.
The team got the go-ahead on Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson being eligible to play this season, but really, Brandon Peters is a good enough talent to make the O go.
He needs to be more accurate, but the size, arm, and skills are there to keep developing, especially helped by a rising young receiving corps that will eventually be fantastic.
The nine top pass catchers of last year – with several from the great recruiting class – are back, the quarterback play should be better, and the offense will take a few more chances.
Expect Michigan to finish among the Big Ten’s top three passing offenses, and that might finally be enough to actually start winning the bigger games – at least that’s the hope.