Coach: Lloyd Carr
51-13, 5 years
1999 Record: 12-2
Sep 04 Notre Dame Won 26-22
Sep 11 Rice Won 37-3
Sep 18 @Syracuse Won 18-13
Sep 25 @Wisconsin Won 21-16
Oct 02 Purdue Won 38-12
Oct 09 @Michigan State Lost 31-34
Oct 23 Illinois Lost 29-35
Oct 30 @Indiana Won 34-31
Nov 06 Northwestern Won 37-3
Nov 13 @Penn State Won 31-27
Nov 20 Ohio State Won 24-17
Jan 01 Alabama Won 35-34
1999 Final Rankings
AP-5,   BCS-8,   Coaches-5
2000 Outlook

On paper the Wolverines look poised to make a serious run on the offensive side of the ball. If the offensive line can develope a skill for run blocking, opponents will have a hard job of stopping Michigan in 2000. Drew Henson's maturity will be the key to how Michigan progresses. There is major concern in Maize and Blue Country on the defensive side of the ball. If someone does not step up on the DL it could be a long season in the Big Ten. But winning the 1997 title rewarded the roster with some great recruits and it will be their time to shine. Lloyd Carr and his assistants will have an eye on spring practice as it could get interesting watching new guys volley for position on the depth chart. The talent is there. A home game with Wisconsin sandwiched between road games at Illinois and Purdue will provide the early season tests on how far Michigan can go. Projected finish: 9-3.

Michigan 2000 Schedule


QB - 3.5 DL - 2
RB - 4 LB - 3.5
WR - 3 DB - 4
OL - 4.5  


Strengths: Anthony Thomas bypassed the NFL and returns to the tailback spot. Maize and Blue fans are hoping Thomas can better his 1300 yards rushing in 1999. Aiding Thomas will be a bevy of backs that saw action last season. Recruiting sensation Justin Fargas is set to make a comeback at TB after a broken leg that has kept him sidelined and he will team up with big names such as Cross, Coleman, Armstrong, Perry, and Benton. Another big name to watch for is B.J. Askew who has seen action running the ball and can play any position on the field. Tom Brady has graduated and left a budding superstar Drew Henson to fill the QB slot. There will be alot of pressure on Henson to live up to the hype. Two very solid receivers are back in Terrell, the teams leading receiver last year, and Walker. The offensive line should be dominating with 5 out of 6 starting lineman returning. Brandt, Backus, Hutchinson, and big Mo Williams are all third year letterman and should provide the backbone for a Big Ten Championship run.
Weaknesses: With all of the talent at running back the Wolverines finished ninth in the conference in rushing. Other than Thomas, not one back rushed for over 100 yards in '99. The offensive line has shown some good pass blocking skills but has left alot to be desired for moving opponents out of the hole for backs to gallop through. A concern will be to find a number two quarterback. With Drew Henson continuing his summer baseball career, alot of time will be well spent providing quality PT for the backups. It doesn't help matters that backup QB Jason Kapsner left the team. Michigan lost some good receivers in Marcus Knight and DiAllo Johnson so depth will be a concern there as young players such as Butler and Bellamy try to fill their shoes.
QB Drew Henson 6-4 221 Jr. John Navarre 6-6 228 Fr.
FB Evan Coleman 6-0 258 Jr. B.J. Askew 6-3 210 So.
TB Anthony Thomas 6-2 221 Sr.   Justin Fargas 6-1 185 Jr.
WR Dave Terrell 6-3 198 Jr.   Tyrece Butler 6-5 200 So.
WR Marquise Walker 6-3 189 Jr.   Ronald Bellamy 6-1 175 So.
T Jeff Backus 6-6 288 Sr.   Joe Denay 6-7 293 So.
G Steve Hutchinson 6-5 296 Sr.   Adam Adkins 6-3 280 Jr.
C David Brandt 6-4 293 Sr.   Courtney Morgan 6-2 318 So.
G Maurice Williams 6-5 283 Sr.   Jonathan Goodwin 6-4 290 Sr.
T Ben Mast 6-4 284 Jr.   Tony Pape 6-7 290 So.
TE Shawn Thompson 6-4 243 Jr.   Bill Seymour 6-3 248 Jr.
K Jeff Del Verne 5-11 210 Sr.   Hayden Epstein 6-2 194 Jr.
Returning starters in bold.

Key Losses: Tom Brady-QB, Aaron Shea-FB, Marcus Knight-WR, DiAllo Johnson-WR, Jeff Potts-OL, Steve Frazier-OL, Chris Ziemann-OL

Strengths: Even with the loss of big time linebackers Dhani Jones and Ian Gold, Michigan is loaded with talent at the spot. Victor Hobson and Larry Foote will lead a young and very talented bunch of athletes on the field come fall at linebacker. The defensive backs will bring three returning starters into Ann Arbor to defend against opposing QB's. Safety DeWayne Patmon led the Big Blue in interceptions last year and will team with two all star cornerbacks in James Whitley and Todd Howard.
Weaknesses: The defense will be the concern going into 2000. The loss of sack leader James Hall, Josh Williams, and NT Rob Renes leaves a big gap on the defensive line. The spring will place major emphasis on finding some rotation and depth on the DL. The Wolverines failed to insert one name on the all conference defensive list in 1999. Although there are some well known faces, locating depth and cohesiveness in the backfield will also be a major concern in the spring as some position changes may be in order. Also, strong safety Cato June has been lost for the 2000 season with a knee injury. Look for some position changes to take place to fill the void.
DE Jake Frysinger 6-4 272 Sr. Norman Boebert 6-5 251 So.
NT Eric Wilson 6-4 279 Sr. Jason Ptak 6-2 292 Sr.
DT Dave Petruziello 6-4 267 So.   Grant Bowman 6-3 258 So.
DE Dan Rumishek 6-3 251 So.   Shawn Lazarus 6-3 227 So.
OLB Victor Hobson 6-1 229 So.   Grady Brooks 6-2 250 Sr.
ILB Eric Brackins 6-2 229 Jr.   Anthony Jordan 6-0 215 Jr.
ILB Larry Foote 6-1 211 Jr.   John Spytek 6-4 217 So.
CB James Whitley 5-11 190 Sr.   Jeremy LeSueur 6-1 177 So.
CB Todd Howard 5-10 178 Jr.   Brandon Williams 5-11 180 So.
SS Julius Curry 6-0 180 So.   Charles Drake 6-1 183 So.
FS DeWayne Patmon 6-0 181 Sr.   Phillip Brackins 6-3 190 So.
P Cory Sargent 6-3 187 Sr.   Hayden Epstein 6-2 194 Jr.
Returning starters in bold.

Key Losses: James Hall-DL, Rob Renes-DL, Josh Williams-DL, Dhani Jones-LB, Ian Gold-LB, Tommy Hendricks-DB, Kenneth Jackson-DB, Tate Schanski-DB, Patrick Kratus-DL