Sterling Debut Earns Navarre Big Ten Weekly Honor
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan redshirt freshman quarterback John Navarre (Cudahy, Wis./Cudahy HS) was named Big Ten Conference football Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the Wolverines' 42-7 season-opening win over Bowling Green (Sept. 2).


Navarre was 15-for-19 passing with a school-record-tying four touchdowns and no interceptions while winning his first start. He threw for 265 yards, and his four touchdown passes were the most thrown by a Wolverine in an opener and the most ever for a first-time U-M starting quarterback.

Navarre hit junior wide receiver David Terrell (Richmond, Va./Huguenot HS) with a 41-yard scoring pass in the first quarter for the first Wolverine points of the season. He tossed a pair of scoring strikes to sophomore wide receiver Ronald Bellamy (New Orleans, La./Archbishop Shaw HS) in the second quarter for a 21-0 halftime lead.

Navarre hit junior wide receiver Marquise Walker (Syracuse, N.Y./Henniger HS) for a touchdown on the second play of the fourth quarter to make the score 28-0.

The last Wolverine to throw four touchdown passes in a game was Tom Brady vs. Alabama in the Orange Bowl last season (Jan. 1, 2000). Elvis Grbac (1989-92) had four TD passes three times for Michigan.

The Wolverines (1-0), ranked third in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, host Rice (1-0) this weekend (Sept. 9, 12:10 p.m. EDT).

Contact: Jim Schneider, David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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