EDMORE – John Navarre was like every other Michigan alumnus and fan during 2007-2010
Navarre, the former Michigan quarterback from 2000-2003, said it was tough for him, too.
“It was tough for any alumni to watch,” he said. “Wasn’t used to losing for a three-year span. We just hoped things would get better and changes would be made, and they were. I think we’re on the right track now.”
Navarre is done with football, working at a steel company in his hometown of Milwaukee. He’s the assistant to the general manager, in charge of operations at that plant.
He was in Edmore as the guest speaker of the Montabella football team’s banquet on Sunday.
“The sky’s the limit,” Navarre said of the Mustangs football program. “They’re setting the foundation for a great football program, and I think they’re going to do great.”
Navarre related a couple of lessons he learned while he was with the Wolverines in his speech to the Montabella players, coaches and parents.
And he is liking where Michigan has been going this season.
“They’ve had some disappointing losses, games that they shouldn’t have lost, and I think they will be the first to tell you they had control of those games,” Navarre said. “They’re hanging in there, and it’s going to be an interesting final couple of games to see how things play out.
Navarre said quarterback Denard Robinson has played “OK.”
“I think he knows he can play a little better,” he said. “It’s tough when you’re running the ball and handing the ball as much as he is. He gets dinged up quite a bit. But he’s playing tough, he’s got a good head on his shoulders and he’ll pull it out in the end I think.”
Navarre gives Michigan a shot at the Big Ten championship, even though the Wolverines are a game behind Michigan State and tied with Saturday’s opponent, Nebraska.
“I think they’re still in it,” he said. “All their goals are intact. I think they have the right chemistry to do it. They have to shore up a few things, and they know what they have to work on.”