Thanks to the structure and discipline instilled in him by his mother, Devin Gardner waited for his turn under center
The recruitment of Denard Robinson came down to local favorite UCF, in-state power Florida and Michigan, where Rich Rodriguez was serious about playing the prospect at quarterback.
Through ups and downs, through record-setting and head-scratching performances, Denard Robinson has emerged with a fitting legacy: He's a Michigan Man.
Michigan's seniors survived the Rich Rodriguez era and have put the Wolverines back on a path to glory.
The leaders of the 2012 Michigan team believe they wouldn't be a favorite to win the league without the struggles the endured under Rich Rodriguez.
In part one of an anonymous survey, Michigan's outgoing seniors talk frankly about which teammates they'd go to battle with, which will break out and Rich Rodriguez.
Defensive end Ryan Van Bergen said the hiring of defensive coordinator Greg Mattison was the best move Michigan made after ousting Rich Rodriguez.
Center David Molk wasn't going to go out feeling like he had during his first couple of seasons at Michigan. So he took it upon himself to make sure the transition from Rich Rodriguez to Brady Hoke didn't cause any major problems.
Questions abounded about the Michigan secondary, but new position coach Curt Mallory fashioned a unit that was more than serviceable.
In his keys to the game, Michael Rothstein writes of Michigan's need to rebound from loss, insist on QB consistency and unscramble Purdue's offense quickly.
WolverineNation's Michael Rothstein dips into the mailbag for questions about the two-QB package, the defense, and whether football or basketball has the better assistant coaches.