Big Ten could feature offensive fireworks

Plenty of Big Ten teams enter 2003 with potentially potent offenses, but just as many have nig questions on defense.

Originally Published: June 23, 2003
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
Editor's Note: ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. is previewing the 2003 college football season by taking a team-by-team look at the six major conferences. Following is Part II of the Big Ten.

Michigan
The Wolverines will have a fun offense to watch with John Navarre at quarterback, who will become the first Michigan quarterback to start four straight openers since Rick Leach from 1975-78. Chris Perry comes back for his senior year at running back after gaining 1,110 yards last year, and Braylon Edwards is a big-time wide receiver who caught 67 passes and 10 touchdowns last season. Jason Avant and Tyrece Butler will also contribute at wideout, while the always-solid Michigan line led by David Baas at guard, Dave Pearson at center and Tony Pape at tackle will be a force.

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