Erik Campbell, Iowa
Go ahead, take your shots at Michigan. But when Lloyd Carr left, some fairly talented coaches were scattered to the four winds. Hawkeyes everywhere should be thanking their chosen deity that one of those gems landed in Iowa City.
Do the names Braylon Edwards, Mario Manningham, Adrian Arrington, Amani Toomer, Steve Breaston and David Terrell ring a bell? Those are receivers Campbell coached during his 13 seasons at Michigan. There were more — so many that Michigan (and Campbell) produced a 1,000 receiver eight consecutive seasons from 1998-2005. During that time, Edwards became the first Big 10 player to post three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Yes, Michigan attracted some freakishly good receivers during Campbell’s time at Michigan. But they also got better after getting there. God knows Iowa could use Campbell’s talents. The program has fallen into the second division of the Big Ten and coach Kirk Ferentz is under fire. The Hawkeyes haven’t had so much as a 500-yard receiver since 2006.