Best QBs to Play at Michigan

The Michigan Wolverines have had one of the most successful programs in the nation. Their football program has the most all-time wins and the second highest winning percentage in college football history behind only Notre Dame. Their success, as with most team, usually starts at the quarterback position. They been fortunate to have some great quarterbacks over the years. Here is a list of the top ten quarterbacks in the University of Michigan history.

Benny Friedman

Benny Friedman played at Michigan from 1924-1926. He is considered by most to be the best passer of his generation. He is is the only Michigan quarterback to be a two-time All-American selection. Friedman is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.  He’s credited with making the role of quarterback so pivotal in football.

Rick Leach

Rick Leach was a four year starter at Michigan under the famous Bo Schembechler. His talents led Michigan to three straight Rose Bowls in the late 70’s. Leach is incredibly gifted at both running and throwing. He rushed for more than 2,000 yards at Michigan and threw for twice as much. Schembechler once stated that Leach was the greatest football player he had ever been associated with.

Jim Harbaugh

Currently the head coach at Michigan and the reason I’m so high on the team in my season predictions.  But, Harbaugh was once a great quarterback at the university. He is the the first ever Michigan quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a game. During his career he threw for more than 5,000 yards and finished third in Heisman voting his last year. Harbaugh wasn’t known for a big arm, but worked to get the most out of his talents. As a result he has been very good at doing the same for quarterbacks as a head coach.

Harry Newman

Harry Newman had an incredible 24-2 record during his stay at Michigan.
He was a great leader and took the Wolverines to the National Championship in 1932.

He won the Douglas Fairbanks Trophy which was th equivalent to today’s Heisman Trophy. Newman is known as a versatile player who could even play halfback.

Chad Henne

Chad Henne started all four of his seasons at Michigan. He had 87 career touchdown passes which is second all time in Big Ten history. Henne is known for having a big arm and being able to hit big plays down the field. He led Michigan to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance as a freshman.  Then played in some of the best games in Wolverine history.

John Navarre

Navarre is responsible for leading the Wolverines to to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance against USC, the best team in the country that year. Navarre holds a number of passing records from Michigan. Navarre has a never say die mentality. He is responsible for conducting the biggest comeback in Michigan history, overcoming a 21-point deficit to beat Minnesota in 2003.

Robert Timberlake

Robert Timberlake had an incredible career at Michigan. He had an historic year in 1964 when led Michigan to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl victory. The same year he finished fourth in the Heisman rankings.

Tom Brady

One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Tom Brady got start at the University of Michigan. Brady was a backup his first two season at Michigan before winning the starting job his junior season. Brady set records for pass attempts and completions in his first season as a starter. He had victories in the Citrus Bowl and the Orange Bowl his last two season. Brady’s tenacity and desire to win made him special. He was known as a really hard worker, a trait that carried over to the next level.

Elvis Grbac

A three year starter at Michigan, Elvis Grbac led Michigan to two big ten titles, and two Rose Bowl appearances. He completed his carrer as the Michigan’s all-time leader in pass attempts, completions, passing yards and touchdowns, records that would later be broken.