Michigan Notebook

By Adam Caparell - April 14, 2007

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Chad Henne is firmly entrenched as the Wolverines quarterback for next season as he enters his senior campaign. But a lot of the talk following the end of Michigan's 15th and final practice of the spring revolved around his backup.

Ryan Mallett, the highly-touted and much heralded QB, saw a lot of action, much to the delight of the several thousand fans in attendance at Michigan Stadium.

Head coach Lloyd Carr let Mallett take plenty of snaps and Mallett showed off his rifle arm, slinging it down the field snap after snap.

Offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said Mallett has come a long way despite the fact he just entered school a few months ago and Henne said Mallett's picked up the offense pretty fast.

"Ryan's done a great job and come along very quickly," Henne said. "He's going to be a great young player. He has all the talent and all the skills that you need at the quarterback position. You see him just progressing every day."

Hart Beating: Mike Hart didn't participate in spring practice this year thanks to the shoulder surgery he underwent following the season. But the running back was in great spirits, laughing and joking around with reporters following Saturday's scrimmage. He even managed to make an impact.

Hart actually called some plays and was coaching on the sidelines. He even helped coach the fullbacks.

Hart wasn't the only big name who was held out of spring practice. Mario Manningham - Henne's favorite target - and Adrian Arrington never practiced with the team (unspecified reasons), but that's not such a bad thing for Henne considering it allowed to become more familiar with his younger receivers like Greg Mathews and LaTerryal Savoy.

"We're going to have great depth a wide out this year." Henne said. "All those young guys this whole spring it was their time to step up and perform and show the coaches what they have. We're going to have great depth and we feel comfortable with all our wide outs."

A New Wrinkle: Don't be surprised to see a few shotgun formations this year out of the Wolverines. Henne said the team's been working on it. He's not sure if it'll make it into any game plans, but he's ready, willing and able to run it.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 11:04 PM on April 14, 2007

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