Eight days. That's all that remains until opening Saturday in Ann Arbor. All the off season hi jinx, NCAA tomfoolery, hit pieces, scandals, and replays of painful losses will just float away come sunrise on that day. Michigan Stadium has sat dormant for too long, the sidelines empty, clamoring for the rumble of band, team and fans. Our countdown series continues down the home stretch, honoring the players and games of Michigan lore.
Jason Avant had hands like surgically-attached novelty catcher's mitts. He caught anything John Navarre threw at him, and made a role for himself in Michigan's offense as the guy who was going to get you the yards needed.
One need only watch Avant's catch from Michigan's game against Northwestern in 2003 to know that his whole career was filled with similarly-dumbfounding displays of athletic talent.