During an interview Friday morning with ESPN's Colin Cowherd, former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, now of ESPN College Game Day fame, detailed the root of Michigan football's problem.
Herbie says it's not coaching that's bringing down the empire, it's quarterback recruiting via Chance Linton of 247Sports:
"The quarterback play," Herbsteit said. "Think about this, Michigan went from Elvis Grbac all the way through all those guys that played in the NFL. I don't know what it was, 16 years. For the last seven years, we've seen Tate Forcier and we've seen Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner and now Shane Morris. They went from setting the bar for recruiting in high school quarterbacks if you wanna play in the NFL. When Ryan Mallett left, that was the beginning of the end for quarterback play at Michigan. They're gonna continue to struggle and this thing's not gonna be settled until the end of the year."
Forcier was definitely a bust for the Wolverines. He ended up transferring. Not a huge loss there. However, prior to that when Mallett bounced, yes, the era of the big pro-styler seemed to be on its way out of Ann Arbor too.
Robinson racked up 10,000-plus yards during his career at Michigan. Thanks to "Shoelace", the program remained relevant despite losing its tail on more than one occasion. There's no need to pan the Jacksonville Jaguars running back. He kept Michigan on the minds of people who were ready to call it quits.
As for Gardner and Morris, well, we know what Gardner is, but we've yet to see Morris' true colors. Morris fits the mold of the once-celebrated Wolverines quarterback, so don't dismiss the sophomore just yet.
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