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The 2007 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michiganmarker in the college football season of 2007-2008. This was Lloyd Carr's final season as Michigan head coach. The 2007 season began with a stunning loss to Appalachian State, but the Wolverines won eight straight games after starting 0-2 and finished 9-4 with a win over #9 Florida in the Capital One Bowl 41-35. In the Capital One Bowl, the Wolverines looked like the national championship contending team everyone thought they would be at the beginning of the year. Michigan finished tied for second in the Big Ten Conference with Illinois, a team the Wolverines defeated 27-17 in Champaignmarker.

Preseason

After a very strong year in 2006, finishing 11–2 in contention for the national championship despite low expectations following a 7–5 season in 2005, everyone was expecting the Wolverines to build on their successes of 2006. With the losses of key defenders, such as Alan Branch and LaMarr Woodley, the defense had its work cut out for them, but fans were not worried. Michigan's preseason ranking was #5, and the Wolverines were expected to be contenders for the national championship game once again.

On March 25, Coach Lloyd Carr announced that TE Carson Butler, DE Eugene Germany, and DB Chris Richards had been dismissed for violations of team policy.

Carr also had stated that WR Adrian Arrington had been suspended for the spring practice session due to a violation of team policy. Carr was uncertain about Arrington's future at Michigan but Arrington did play WR at Michigan for his senior year and had a good one, helping complete the receiving core with Mario Manninghan once again, having another big year like he did in 2006.Backup QB Jason Forcier asked to be released from his scholarship to transfer to Stanford Universitymarker, and LB Cobrani Mixon was released from his scholarship to transfer to Kent State Universitymarker.

Schedule

The 2007 Wolverine schedule was ranked the 15th hardest in the country. The home schedule was ranked as the 5th toughest.

Radio coverage for all games was be on the Michigan Sports Network, as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio. [425712]

Game notes

Appalachian State

In the 34-32 loss, Michigan became the first team ever ranked in the AP Top 25 to lose to a Division I FCS team. Michigan started out strong, finishing the first quarter 14-7, but the Mountaineers scored 21 unanswered points to go up 28-14 just before halftime. After trailing 28-14 in the first half, Michigan recaptured a 32-31 lead thanks to three Appalachian State turnovers and a dazzling 54-yard touchdown run by senior running back Mike Hart with 4:36 left in the game.

However, after the teams traded possessions, the Mountaineers drove 69 yards in 11 plays, and Julian Rauch connected on a 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in the contest to give ASU a 34-32 lead. After a failed pass attempt, Chad Henne connected with Mario Manningham on a Hail Mary Pass with under 15 seconds left to get Michigan to the 20-yard line. Michigan had a chip shot 30-yard field goal to give Michigan what looked like to be their escape from the upset. Then, shocking the College Football world, Appalachian State's Corey Lynch blocked a potential game winning field goal with 6 seconds left to seal the huge upset. The attendance for the game was 109,218. Adding insult to injury, Michigan dropped out of the Top 25 in the next poll. This was first time in the history of the AP Poll that a team ranked in the Top 5 had fallen out of the poll as a result of a single game.

Oregon

Michigan looked to recover from their stunning loss the App State in their next game against Oregon. Michigan took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter but then Dennis Dixon and the high-powered Oregon offense went to town on the struggling Michigan Defense, giving Michigan its worst home loss ever. The Michigan fans booed the Wolverines on their home field and people were calling for Head Coach Lloyd Carr's head. The loss was another embarrassment to the great football program at the University of Michigan. In addition to the huge defeat, Michigan lost its senior QB Chad Henne to a knee injury for two games due to a play in the second quarter. ESPN reported, "A week after getting stunned by Appalachian State, the Wolverines were handed their worst beating since before Bo Schembechler worked the sideline at the Big House. Dennis Dixon accounted for 368 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, helping the Ducks build a 25-point lead at halftime and cruise to an easy victory." The 32–point defeat was Michigan's worst loss since losing 50–14 at Ohio State in 1968 and their worst home loss ever. The Wolverines started 0-2 for the first time since 1998 and the first time starting 0-2 on a homestead since 1959 but in a possitive note, both those times Michigan rebounded back and won the Big Ten title. " Attendance for the game was 109,733.

Notre Dame

The Wolverines and The Fighting Irish met for the first time with both teams boasting an 0-2 record in what was widely known as the Toilet Bowl. Since both teams lost their final two games of the 2006 season, the loser of this game would have a five game losing streak. Head coach Lloyd Carr faced many challenges, including the loss of his senior quarterback Chad Henne to a leg injury, fans calling for his firing, and his senior running back Mike Hart guaranteed a victory over the Irish.

Michigan won 38–0, tying their largest-ever win over Notre Dame set during the 2003 season. For only the second time in school history, Notre Dame opened the season with three losses.

Penn State

Mallett rolling out


In the 2007 Big Ten Season opener the unranked Michigan Wolverines defeated #10 Penn State 14-9.Sr. Running Back Mike Hart had 44 carries 153 yards and a TD. In his second start freshmen QB Ryan Mallet was 16-29 passes and a rushing TD.

Northwestern

The Michigan football team went on the first road game of the season defeating the Wildcats 28-16. Henne returned to the lineup to complete 18-27 passes and 3 TDs. Mike Hart had 106 yards and a TD. The Wolverines forced a turnover on the last 4 of the Wildcat possessions.

Eastern Michigan

Purdue

Illinois

Minnesota

Despite a slow start and two early turnovers, the Wolverines extended their win streak to seven without Chad Henne or Mike Hart. After a Minnesota field goal, Minnesota's Dominique Barber recovered one of Ryan Mallet's three fumbles and returned it for a touchdown. Despite that, the Wolverines held the Gophers to just 231 yards and 3 offensive points all game. Michigan's Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown both ran for over 100 yards, meaning up until this game Michigan has had a back go over 100 yards in every match up. Mario Manningham had his fourth straight 100+ yard game.

Michigan State

Led by Chad Henne and his 4 touchdown tosses, Michigan defeated Michigan State 28-24. In the final minutes with Michigan trailing by a field goal, the team decided to turn it on. On a 3rd and 12, Michigan desperately needed a first down. Henne, with 3 touchdown passes thus far, threw the ball deep into the endzone giving Mario Manningham a leap ball touchdown putting Michigan up 28-24. On defense, the Wolverines got it done. Mixing up coverages, they sacked Michigan State for a 8 yard loss, the total yardage of the drive. The Wolverines got the ball back and finished off the game with a pair of Quarterback kneels.

Wisconsin

Ohio State

Florida

Chad Henne and Adrian Arrington set single-game career highs for passing and receiving yards, with 373 and 153, respectively, to lead the Wolverines to a 41-35 victory over the 12th-ranked Gators. The Wolverine defense managed to contain Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow with constant pressure and blitzing for most of the game, holding him to 154 passing yards and 57 rushing yards. Tebow did score 4 touchdowns however. The Wolverines overcame 4 turnovers, including 2 fumbles by Mike Hart, and a late 35-31 deficit to win their first bowl game in 4 seasons and the final game of Lloyd Carr's career.

Players

Depth chart

2007 Projected Starters

OFFENSE:



DEFENSE:

SPECIAL TEAMS:
  • K – K.C. Lopata – JR
  • P – Zoltan Mesko – SO
  • PR – Greg Matthews – SO
  • KR – Brandon Minor – SO


Key Committed Freshman

  • 1. Ryan Mallett – QB
  • 2. Avery Horn – RB
  • 3. Vince Helmuth – FB
  • 4. Toney Clemons – WR
  • 5. J.R. Hemingway – WR
  • 6. Zion Babb – WR
  • 7. Martell Webb – TE
  • 8. David Molk – C
  • 9. Ryan Van Bergen – DE
  • 10. Renaldo Sagesse – DT
  • 11. Austin Panter – MLB
  • 12. Brandon Herron – SLB
  • 13. Marell Evans – WLB
  • 14. Michael Williams – S
  • 15. James Rogers – S
  • 16. Donovan Warren – CB
  • 17. Troy Woolfolk – CB


Roster



Wide Receiver
  • 13 Greg Mathews – Sophomore
  • 16 Adrian Arrington – Senior
  • 17 Toney Clemons – Freshman
  • 18 Antonio Bass – Junior
  • 18 Ben Wright – Senior
  • 21 Junior Hemingway – Freshman
  • 26 Wincey Courtbooth- " Sophomore"
  • 29 Jon Conover – Sophomore
  • 82 LaTerryal Savoy – Junior
  • 84 David Middleton – Sophomore
  • 86 Mario ManninghamJunior


Offensive Lineman
  • 50 David Molk – Freshman
  • 52 Stephen Schilling – Sophomore
  • 57 Zac Ciullo – Freshman
  • 57 Adam Kraus – 5th Senior
  • 60 David Moosman – Junior
  • 61 Patrick Lyall – Senior
  • 62 Tim McAvoy – Junior
  • 64 Grant DeBenedictis – Senior
  • 65 Justin Boren – Sophomore
  • 68 Bryant Nowicki – Sophomore
  • 69 Michael Ramirez – Sophomore
  • 70 Jeremy Ciulla – Senior
  • 71 Mark Ortmann – Junior
  • 72 Mark Huyge – Freshman
  • 73 Alex Mitchell – Senior
  • 75 Cory Zirbel – Junior
  • 77 Jake Long5th Senior
  • 79 Perry Dorrestein – Sophomore
  • 91 Tom Pomarico – Freshman


Tight End
  • 42 Chris McLaurin – Junior
  • 80 Martell Webb – Freshman
  • 81 Steve Watson – Freshman
  • 83 Mike Massey – Senior
  • 85 Carson Butler – Junior
  • 88 Andre Criswell – Junior
  • 96 Mike Therman – Sophomore


Quarterback
  • 7 Chad HenneSenior
  • 8 Nick Sheridan – Sophomore
  • 10 Steven Threet – Freshman
  • 12 David Cone – Sophomore
  • 15 Ryan MallettFreshman
 

Running Back
  • 4 Brandon Minor – Sophomore
  • 20 Mike HartSenior
  • 23 Carlos Brown – Sophomore
  • 24 Kevin Grady – Junior
  • 34 Avery Horn – Freshman
  • 35 Jim Potempa – Freshman
  • 38 Mike Milano – Junior


Fullback
  • 32 Vince Helmuth – Freshman
  • 44 Mark Moundros – Sophomore


Defensive tackle
  • 62 Jon Saigh – Senior
  • 67 Terrance Taylor – Junior
  • 74 Brett Gallimore – Senior
  • 91 Marques Slocum – Sophomore
  • 93 Jason Kates – Sophomore
  • 94 John Ferrara – Sophomore
  • 95 Renaldo Sagesse – Freshman
  • 97 Will Johnson – Senior


Defensive End
  • 39 Will Heininger – Freshman
  • 53 Ryan Van Bergen – Freshman
  • 55 Brandon Graham – Sophomore
  • 89 Tim North – Junior
  • 90 Tim Jamison – Senior
  • 92 Greg Banks – Sophomore
  • 99 Adam Patterson – Sophomore


Defensive End
  • 59 Lawrence Perry – Freshman


Cornerback
  • 14 Morgan Trent – Senior
  • 27 Brandon Harrison – Junior
  • 35 Doug Dutch, Jr. – Senior
  • 6 Donovan Warren – Freshman
  • 29 Troy Woolfolk – Freshman
  • 27 Brandon Harrison – Junior


Defensive Back
  • 27 Shakir Edwards – Senior
  • 30 James Rogers II – Freshman
  • 40 Michael Williams – Freshman
 

Linebacker
  • 2 Shawn Crable – 5th Senior
  • 8 Jonas Mouton – Sophomore
  • 33 Marell Evans – Freshman
  • 37 Chris Graham – Senior
  • 45 Obi Ezeh – Sophomore
  • 46 Brandon Logan – Junior
  • 49 John Thompson – Senior
  • 50 Ohene Opong-Owusu – Junior
  • 51 Max Pollock – 5th Senior
  • 54 Austin Panter – Junior
  • 58 Brandon Herron – Freshman
  • 66 William Bostic – Sophomore


Safety
  • 3 Stevie Brown – Sophomore
  • 5 Charles Stewart – Senior
  • 9 Anton Campbell – 5th Senior
  • 14 Matt Hornaday – Junior
  • 22 Jamar Adams – Senior
  • 22 Doug Rogan – Freshman
  • 28 Jordan Reilly – Freshman
  • 31 Brandon Englemon – 5th Senior
  • 38 Artis Chambers – Freshman


Long Snapper
  • 28 Jordan Reilly – Freshman
  • 59 Sean Griffin – Senior
  • 63 Brendan Lopez – Freshman


Punter
  • 39 Ankit Kachhal – 5th Senior
  • 41 Zoltan Mesko – Junior


Place Kicker
  • 34 Jason Gingell – Senior
  • 43 Bryan Wright – Sophomore
  • 84 K. C. Lopata – Senior
  • 92 Jason Olesnavage – Junior
  • 99 Sam Buckman – Sophomore


Awards



Coaching staff



References

  1. Steve Megargee, Top 25 toughest schedules, SI.com/Rivals.com, June 21, 2007.
  2. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=dw-notredame090807
  3. http://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=Notre+Dame+Michigan+%22Toilet+Bowl%22&btnG=Search&um=1&ned=us&hl=en&scoring=a


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