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May 6, 2013

By The Numbers: Receivers stand to benefit from Gardner attack

In five games of the 2012 season, Devin Gardner threw for 1,219 yards or 243.8 yards per game, and if he were to keep that up for 13 games in 2013, Michigan's receivers will be the biggest beneficiaries.

U-M has thrown for 2,500 yards or more in 17 seasons, eclipsing the 3,000-yard mark just four times in program history. Gardner's average from 2012, if replicated week after week, would put him alone at 3,169 yards, and the Wolverines could threaten the all-time record of 3,520 yards achieved in 2003.

During the 17 seasons in which Michigan has totaled 2,500 yards passing, its top target has averaged 64 receptions, 955 yards and eight touchdowns, and if that player is fifth-year senior Jeremy Gallon, he could become the first Wolverine wideout with a 1,000-yard campaign since Mario Manningham in 2007.

U-M's No. 2 targets haven't fared so bad either. In those 17 seasons, they have averaged 40 catches for 602 yards and four scores.



No. 1 Recevier
No. 2 Receiver
Year Passing Yards Rec.
Yards
TDs
Rec.
Yards
TDs
2012
2,591
49
829
4
31
580
3
2010
3,252
72
935
7
49
633
4
2007
2,862
72
1,174
12
67
882
8
2006
2,538
58
670
2
40
544
8
2005
2,672
82
1,007
8
27
433
6
2004
2,795
97
1,330
15
38
447
3
2003
3,520
85
1,138
14
47
772
2
2002
3,026
67
1,035
10
53
579
5
2001
2,595
86
1,143
11
27
279
0
2000
2,772
67
1,130
14
49
699
4
1999
3,177
71
1,038
7
39
794
6
1998
2,931
67
1,035
11
42
603
1
1996
2,568
44
730
2
33
524
5
1995
2,519
48
923
4
44
758
7
1994
2,528
54
1,096
6
36
589
1
1993
2,596
35
621
4
30
496
5
1986
2,797
38
408
3
33
621
1
Averages

64
955
8
40
602
4



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