In this situation, Michigan is in 2nd and 2 in the first quarter. Michigan is in a three-wide, two-back set. Devin Gardner is isolated on the weakside of the play (top of the screen). In this screen, Alabama only has 10 defenders, meaning their free safety (off the screen) is at least 10-15 yards downfield.
As the ball is snapped, Gardner takes off downfield. You can see the corner over Gardner is staring into the backfield.
Alabama's corner almost completely ignores Garnder, and as the ball is handed off, Gardner is streaking past the corner into wide open space (about which more later).
Gardner: open. Vincent Smith running into a wall of players no back in the NCAA could make it through.
The play ends like this.
This is how Rich Rodriguez's QB Oh Noes worked. As defensive backs stared into the backfield, Michigan's receivers ran by them into open space for long, uncontested touchdowns. The problem here is that those plays (or reads, whatever they were) have been completely removed form the offense.
This play confuses me, though. Just like in the play MGoBlog picture paged...
...Devin Gardner appears to have no intention to block his cornerback. That means one of two things: either Gardner is supposed to run a route here that Denard has been instructed to read, or Garnder just refuses/is unable to block. My guess is the latter. All of Michigan's other receivers on these plays engage their defensive counterparts and more importantly, Denard never looks toward Gardner running downfield. If he did, it would be an easy completion and run after the catch.
The chances of any other team's corners being this aggressive this year is unlikely, but if they do use these plays to gameplan, I hope Borges will take note of how wide open his receivers are.