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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.