BY SCOTT BELL
His touchdown grab to beat Penn State as a freshman made him a campus hero. He firmed his grasp on fans' hearts with dominating performances against Notre Dame and Wisconsin the next year. And his 10-catch, 123-yard performance two weeks ago against Northwestern reminded everyone of just how super he can be.
But who is Mario Manningham?
Is he the speedy, dominant receiver on nearly every pre-season All-American list? Or is he the mysterious receiver who's been making headlines for all the wrong reasons?
Entering this season, it seemed like that question should been a no-brainer.
BY SCOTT BELL
What was supposed to be the afternoon's only real drama took place about 11 minutes into Michigan's 33-22 win over Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon.
Senior running back Mike Hart, the 5-foot-9 Heisman Trophy candidate, shifted and cut his way through the defense for a 14-yard run. The carry put him ahead of Anthony Thomas and into the No. 1 spot atop Michigan's career rushing yardage list.
But, aside from some congratulatory hugs and handshakes from teammates and coaches, the real celebration couldn't begin for a couple more quarters.
BY JACK HERMAN: ON TAP
Mike Hart shattered the Michigan career rushing record on Saturday by tearing through the Eastern Michigan defense.
But after the game, no juke, spin, stiff arm or any other Hart creation could elude the can't-believe-we-have-to-ask-this-again question.
Can you tell us why Michigan got off to another slow start?
"No, I can't," Hart said. "I don't know."
Luckily, while Hart gathered 215 yards, his teammates - resting squarely upon his back - had time to think of excuses.
"When you're in your third year in college, you're not a kid anymore. What I'm hoping is his maturation process will improve here, because he is a great kid, and he's a very, very talented guy."
- Michigan coach Lloyd Carr on Mario Manningham
Staff Picks recap: The Daily staff pickers are starting to come back down to earth. After an opening month in which every picker posted a record well above .500 - including the guest picker - most everyone hovered around or below mediocrity. This week's guest picker, Business senior Chad Gerencer, will stick around for another week, since only Scott Bell was able to best Gerencer's 10-10 mark.
Bell is the lone picker to be above .500 each week of the competition, a pretty impressive feat.
Tucked off to the east of Ann Arbor sits the little city of Ypsilanti. Both are steeped in history and tradition, but does the smaller city live up to its bigger neighbor?
BY SCOTT BELL
For Michigan fans, it's the number of consecutive bowl games their team has made - a streak that looked in jeopardy of continuing to after Michigan's dismal start.
For gambling addicts, it's the number of points the oddsmakers in Las Vegas expected Michigan to beat Eastern Michigan by when they set the spread this week.
And for senior running back Mike Hart, it's the number of yards he needs to reach Anthony Thomas (who donned the No. 32 jersey at Michigan) on top of the team's all-time rushing yardage list.
BY DANIEL BROMWICH
"He's one of best football players to ever wear that uniform."
Just think about the praise Michigan coach Lloyd Carr bestowed upon running back Mike Hart after the win over Penn State.
One of the best players ever to wear the Maize and Blue.
Notable Michigan alumni include, but aren't limited to: Tom Brady (he of the three Super Bowl rings and a possible fourth this year), Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard.
We could go back even further, to the days of Ron Johnson, Bump Elliot and Tom Harmon.