Photoshop Phriday: John Navarre
John Navarre took over as the starting QB at Michigan in 2001 following the departures of Tom Brady and Drew Henson. Navarre helped run a pass heavy offense that during his time featured other great offensive players including Braylon Edwards, Chris Perry, and Steve Breaston. During each of his three seasons as a starter Navarre had more pass attempts than Dennis Franklin did in his entire career! Navarre’s 2003 senior season saw him set several Michigan records including the one for most passing yards in a season (3,331). That year Michigan won the Big 10 title outright and had several remarkable wins including a 38-35 win against Minnesota in what remains Michigan’s largest ever comeback victory.
Despite having four seasons (2007-10) of relatively mediocre football as a student (ok, that is the understatement of the century), I have been able to see some incredible comebacks at the Big House. The 2008 season peaked early with Michigan’s comeback from 19-0 against Wisconsin and of course nobody will forget the 24-7 comeback against Notre Dame in 2011. In 2003 Michigan was down 28-7 at Minnesota with 15 minutes to play. Navarre threw 3 TD passes in the quarte, Jacob Stewart returned an interception for a touchdown, and with under a minute to play Garrett Rivas kicked a field goal to seal a 38-35 win. Navarre helped keep his offensive line happy by baking them dozens of chocolate sourdough muffins, he was even known to bring his sourdough starter with him on road trips (Photo courtesy of the Toledo Blade)!