MS: The level of competition played a major role in Gardner's success. Michigan State and Nebraska's defenses were far more talented than Minnesota. No, Robinson is the quarterback when he's healthy enough to play it. Whether that's this week or in the future, it's his job and Gardner will move back to receiver but also be the backup QB.
MS: Against Nebraska Michigan moved the ball well in Denard Robinson's time, most of the first half and was poised to take the lead inside the 10 when he was injured. The offensive problem came when then backup Russell Bellomy couldn't do the job.
MS: They dealt with the Alabama loss by admitting that Alabama is a monster team and U-M was relying on a lot of new parts that needed adjustment in a season opener. The Notre Dame loss was simply missed opportunities, a game they gave away with six turnovers. Though they still had a chance to win in the fourth quarter, almost no team can lose that many possessions and still win.
MS: Gardner is the athletic type who can fight for a ball but also run in the open field though his production has plummeted since the season's first month. Gallon is small but fast so he's used on end arounds in the run game but still athletic enough to take a short pass for big yardage. Dileo is a slot receiver best used as a third down possession guy.
Though the secondary ranks no. 1 nationally in pass defense, the linebackers have played very well in the past month, especially preventing too many big runs. Ryan is the biggest reason why, making impact plays everywhere.
MS: Biggest strength is the defense and it's ability to keep UM in every game. It hasn't allowed more than 23 points since Game 2 and most teams are 13 or lower.
The weakness is the running game. Denard Robinson has been the only consistent runner this season.
On offense Gallon is a good player who can make impact plays. On defense the safeties, Jordan Kovacs and Thomas Gordon have played very well as Gordon has a nose for turnovers.