Chad Henne looks to be the first Michigan QB to reach the big "4-0"
Chad Henne has started every single game at quarterback for Michigan since his true freshman season of 2004 and the team has amassed a fairly impressive 27-10 record during that era. The 27 wins rivals what the Wolverines accomplished during the first three seasons (1975-1977) they were led by QB Rick Leach (28-6-2). All told, the Wolverines amassed a total of 38 wins during Leach's four years at the controls of the Michigan offense as the maize and blue put together a 10-2 record and a Rose Bowl appearance during Leach's senior season. With thirteen games on the 2007 schedule (assuming a bowl), Henne has the opportunity to become the first Wolverine quarterback to guide Michigan to forty (40) career victories. To accomplish the feat, however, Michigan would have to "run the table" and go undefeated in 2007. This goal is not unreachable (at least it does not seem like it in June).
Even a repeat of last year's 11-2 record, would give Henne 38 all-time wins and put him in a tie with Leach for most wins by a quarterback at Michigan. However, Henne's legacy as one of the all-time greats at Michigan would not be secure just by tying the win record or breaking passing records. Henne's legacy is dependent on his ability to "win the big one" in 2007. Notably to some, the Wolverines are 0-3 vs. OSU and 0-3 in bowl games during the Henne era. Compared to Leach's stellar 3-1 record vs. OSU, Henne's record leaves something to be desired. To secure his legacy with fans, Henne has to find a way to win the final two games of his senior season (i.e., the OSU game and the bowl game). Go Blue!
*Note: Photo of Chad Henne (7) by David Guralnick/The Detroit News