- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
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It wasn't quite the ending Michigan wanted. The Wolverines dropped to 7-6, and in Brady Hoke's third year at the helm of the Michigan football program, he matched the win total of Rich Rodriguez's third year in the same position. But even with the loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, there were a few Wolverines that earned helmet stickers for their performances.
QB Shane Morris. The freshman stepped into a pressure-packed situation and excelled. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 196 yards. No, he didn't throw for any touchdowns and yes, he recorded an interception, but considering the stage, Morris handled himself like a veteran. He showed poise in the pocket and distributed the ball well, with nine different players making at least one reception. He also broke out for a late 40-yard run, showing that while he might not quite have the athleticism of Devin Gardner, he does have an eye for the hole and can make something out of broken plays.
WR Jeremy Gallon. The senior capped his excellent career for the Wolverines with nine catches for 89 yards while also connecting with Justice Hayes on a sneaky two-point conversion. Gallon broke the single-season receiving record (1,342 yards) and became the all-time leader in consecutive games with receptions (39). He certainly did the No. 21 jersey justice this season and was a huge contributor to the success the Wolverines did have.
Manager Jon Falk. Don't call this a cop out, because the man truly deserves a helmet sticker (we're going lifetime achievement award here). He has worked for Michigan since 1974 as the equipment manager. From Bo Schembechler to Gary Moeller to Lloyd Carr to Rich Rodriguez to Brady Hoke, Falk has been on the Michigan sideline, and Kansas State was his final game for the Wolverines. He always has stories and can tell the most ridiculous tales about people like Tom Brady or Desmond Howard while also knowing the name of every walk-on and scrub who came through Michigan in the last four decades. He loves Michigan so much and teared up every time this season I asked him about his retirement. He's a class act, and Michigan is going to have a hard time replacing him. Michigan didn't get the win for "Big Jon" on Saturday, but he gets a helmet sticker anyway.
It wasn't quite the ending Michigan wanted. The Wolverines dropped to 7-6, and in Brady Hoke's third year at the helm of the Michigan football program, he matched the win total of Rich Rodriguez's third year in the same position.