Michigan Quarterbacks

Michigan has had several All-American Quarterbacks: Benny Friedman, Harry Newman, Pete Elliott, Bob Timerlake, Rich Leach and Jim Harbaugh and several quarterbacks as team captains: Walter Horton, James Baird, Harrison Weeks, Fred Norcross, Benny Friedman, James Simrall, William Renner, Forest Evashevski, George Ceithaml, Joe Ponsetto, Bill Putich, Don Moorhead, Dennis Franklin, Jim Harbaugh, Elvis Grbac, Tom Brady and John Navarre. The biggest question is always did they win the Big Game? Here is a history of Michigan quarterbacks in the "big ones."

Michigan Quarterback Years Ohio State Notre Dame Michigan State Bowl Notes Coach

Gardner, Devin

Robinson, Denard

Forcier, Tate

Threet, Steven/Sheridan, Nick

Mallett, Ryan

2012-2014

2010-2012

2009

2008

2007

0W-2L

1W-2L

0W-1L

0W-1L

n/a

1W-1L

2W-1L

1W-0L

0W-1L

1W-0L

0W-1L

1W-2L

0W-1L

0W-1L

n/a

0W-1L

1W-2L

n/a

n/a

n/a

 

Sugar Bowl win

n/a

n/a

n/a

Hoke

Rodriquez/Hoke

Rodriquez

Rodriquez

Carr

Henne, Chad 2004-2007 0W-4L 1W-2L 4W-0L 1W-3L 2004 Big Ten Champ, Capital One Bowl win Carr
Navarre, John 2000-2003 1W-2L 1W-1L 2W-1L 1W-2L 2003 Big Ten Champ Carr
Henson, Drew 1998-2000 1W-0L n/a 1W-0L 1W-0L 2000 Big Ten Champ Carr
Brady, Tom 1996-1999 1W-1L 1W-1L 1W-1L 2W-0L 1998 Big Ten Champ/2000 Orange Bowl Champ/5 Super Bowls-3 wins Carr
Griese, Brian 1995-1997 2W-0L 1W-0L 1W-1L 1W-1L National Championship Carr
Dreisbach, Scott 1995-1996 1W-0L n/a 1W-0L n/a n/a Carr
Collins, Todd 1993-1994 1W-1L 1W-1L 1W-1L 2W-0L n/a Moeller
Grbac, Elvis 1989-1992 2W-0L-1T 1W-1L-1T 2W-1L 2W-1L Rose Bowl Champ/1990-1992 Big Ten Champs Moeller
Taylor, Michael 1988-1989 2W-0L 0W-2L 2W-0L 1W-1L Rose Bowl Champ/1998-89 Big Ten Champs Schembechler
Brown, Demetrius 1987 0W-1L 0W-1L 0W-1L 1W-0L n/a Schembechler
Harbaugh, Jim 1984-1986 2W-1L 2W-0L 2W-1L 1W-2L Fiesta Bowl Champ Schembechler
Smith, Steve 1980-1983 1W-2L 1W-1L 3W-0L 1W-2L 1982 Big Ten Champs Schembechler
Wangler, John 1979-1980 1W-1L 0W-2L 2W-0L 1W-1L Rose Bowl Champ Schembechler
Leach, Rick 1975-1978 3W-1L 1W-0L 3W-1L 0W-4L 1976-78 Big Ten Champs Schembechler
Franklin, Dennis 1972-1974 0W-2L-1T n/a 3W-0L n/a 1972-74 Big Ten Champs Schembechler
Slade, Tom 1971 1W-0L n/a 1W-0L 0W-1L 1971 Big Ten Champs Schembechler
Moorehead, Don 1969-1970 1W-1L n/a 1W-1L 0W-1L 1969 Big Ten Champs Schembechler
Brown, Dennis 1967-1968 0W-2L n/a 1W-1L n/a n/a Elliott
Vidmer, Dick 1966 1W-0L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Elliott
Gabler, Wally 1965 0W-1L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Elliott
Timberlake, Bob 1963-1964 1W-1L n/a 1W-0L-1T 1W-0L Rose Bowl Champ Elliott
Chandler, Bob 1962 0W-1L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Elliott
Glinka, Dave 1960-1961 0W-2L n/a 0W-2L n/a n/a Elliott
Noskin, Stan 1959 1W-0L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Elliott
Van Pelt, Jim 1957 0W-1L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Oosterbaan
Ptacek, Bob 1956-1958 1W-1L n/a 0W-1L-1T n/a n/a Oosterbaan
Maddock, Jim 1954-1955 0W-2L n/a 2W-0L n/a n/a Oosterbaan
Baldacci, Lou 1953 1W-0L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Oosterbaan
Topor, Ted 1951-1952 0W-1L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Oosterbaan
Putich, Bill 1950-1951 1W-0L n/a 0W-1L 1W-0L Rose Bowl Champ Oosterbaan
Ghindia, John 1949 0W-0L-1T n/a 1W-0L n/a 1949 Big Ten Champ Oosterbaan
Elliott, Pete 1948 1W-0L n/a 1W-0L n/a National Championship Oosterbaan
Yerges, Howard 1946-1947 2W-0L n/a 2W-0L 1W-0L National Championship Crisler
Ponsetto, Joe 1944-1945 1W-1L n/a 1W-0L n/a n/a Crisler
Wiese, Bob 1943 1W-0L 0W-1L n/a n/a 1943 Big Ten Champs Crisler
Ceithaml, George 1942 0W-1L n/a 1W-0L n/a n/a Crisler
Kuzma, Tom 1941 0W-0L-1T n/a 1W-0L n/a n/a Crisler
Evashevski, Forest 1938-1940 3W-0L n/a 3W-0L n/a Crisler called Evashevski his "greatest quarterback" Crisler
Farmer, Doug 1937 0W-1L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Kipke
Barclay, William 1936 0W-1L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Kipke
Renner, Bill 1935 0W-1L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Kipke
Jennings, Ferris 1934 0W-1L n/a 0W-1L n/a n/a Kipke
Fay, Stanley 1933 1W-0L n/a 1W-0L n/a National Championship Kipke
Newman, Harry 1930-1932 2W-1L n/a 1W-0L-2T n/a National Championship Kipke
Wheeler, Jack 1930 1W-0L n/a 0W-0L-1T n/a n/a Kipke
Simrall, James 1929 0W-1L n/a 1W-0L n/a n/a Kipke
Rich, George 1928 0W-1L n/a 1W-0L n/a n/a Wieman
Hoffman, Leo 1927 1W-0L n/a 1W-0L n/a n/a Wieman
Friedman, Benny 1925-1926 2W-0L n/a 2W-0L n/a Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor/College Football Hall of Fame/Pro Football Hall of Fame Yost
Rockwell, Ferdinand 1924 1W-0L n/a 1W-0L n/a n/a Yost
Uteritz, Irwin 1922-1923 2W-0L n/a 2W-0L n/a National Championship Yost
Knode, Ken 1918 1W-0L n/a 1W-0L n/a National Championship Yost
Norcross, Fred 1903-1905 3W-0L n/a n/a n/a National Championship Yost
Weeks, Harrison 1900-1902 2W-0L-1T 1W-0L 1W-0L 1W-0L National Championship Yost
Baird, James 1894 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a McCauley
Horton, Walter 1881 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a None

Undefeated against Ohio State: Forest Evashevski, Fred Norcross, Benny Friedman, Brian Griese, Howard Yerges, Irwin Uteritz, Elvis Grbac, Harrison Weeks, (3 of 4 times: Rich Leach), Scott Dreisbach, Drew Henson, Tom Slade, Dick Vidmer, Stan Noskin, Lou Baldacci, Pete Elliott, Bob Weise, Stanley Fay, Jack Wheeler, Leo Hoffman, Ferdinand Rockwell, Ken Knode and Bill Putich

Undefeated against Michigan State: Chad Henne, Steve Smith, Dennis Franklin, Forest Evashevski, Benny Friedman, Michael Taylor, John Wangler, Jim Maddock, Howard Yerges, Drew Henson, Scott Driesbach, Tom Slade, Pete Elliott, Joe Ponsetto, George Ciethaml, Tom Kuzma, Stanley Fay, James Simrall, George Rich, Leo Hoffman, Irwin Uteritz, Ferdinand Rockwell, Ken Knode, Harrison Weeks and Bob Timberlake

Undefeated against Notre Dame: Brian Griese, Jim Harbaugh, Rick Leach, Denard Robinson, Harrison Weeks

Undefeated in Bowl games: Tom Brady, Todd Collins, Bob Timberlake, Drew Henson, Harrison Weeks, Howard Yerges, Bill Putich and Demetrius Brown

National Championships: 11
1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1918, 1923, 1932, 1933, 1947, 1948, 1997


Conference Championships: 42
1898, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1918, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004

Michigan Football Position Greats