Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — Elliott Mealer — Offensive Line — Wolverine’s Spring Football — GBMWolverine Evaluations
GBMWolverine Football Spring Evaluations: Position-by-Position — Player Profile.
GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of Elliott Mealer and GBMWolverine’s analysis concerning his progress this spring in our opinion.
Note: We will not evaluate every player on the team and with this position group (Offensive Line) we will not evaluate #61 Graham Glasgow and #70 Kristian Mateus. If you would like to chat about this player bring them up on the message board or send us an e-mail request.
Reminder: Also noted that we didn’t attend every practice and realize things happen during those fifteen practices, but our evaluations are based on what we seen first hand and in our opinion and not what we hear like just about every other site out there that relies on second, third hand information to make their evaluations of the players during the spring.
Losing from 2011 (Team #132) on scholarship: David Molk, Rocko Khoury, and Mark Huyge.
Coming in for 2012 (Team #133) on scholarship: Kyle Kalis, Blake Bars, Erik Magnuson, Ben Braden, and A.J. Williams (TE/OL).
Commit for 2013 (Team #134) on scholarship: Patrick Kugler, Logan Tuley-Tillman, David Dawson, Chris Fox, and Kyle Bosch.
Position: Left Guard/Right Tackle
Year: Red-shirt Senior
City/State: Wauseon, Ohio
High School: Wauseon
High School Coach: Mark Emans
Recruiter: Mike DeBord (Coach Carr’s Staff)
It has been stated on this site that every Michigan football follower, and fans in general, have to love and respect this young man for the adversity he has gone through in his early life, and how Elliot has responded and persevered. In addition to playing and practicing through all this adversity, Elliot has decided to stay and play this season. This is a boon for the offensive line with the current numbers and depth. Elliot could have easily decided he was done playing football and get on with his life in the real world after being at Michigan for four years. Instead he chose to keep playing and remain a key part of the Michigan football family.
Elliott saw time at right tackle and offensive guard this spring. He could start at either position if the right circumstances occur. How Elliot is plugged into the line this year depends on what happens at other positions.
GBMWolverine contends that Elliot has at least on average shot at being the starting left guard vs. Alabama. After the opener things become less clear because information we received indicated the coaches have informed a couple of incoming freshman to be ready when they arrive in Ann Arbor; to not take for granted all freshman linemen will be red-shirted.
Either way, the amount of respect we have for Mealer will not center on minutes played. Like everyone, we are rooting for plenty of playing time for young Elliot. We say simply, he is a true Michigan Man! He represents everything that is good in college football and in college period. He is a faith-based person that has taken tragedy head on and emerged with dignity. Note that no one, at least publicly, has seen him or his family complaining. The Mealers have had some tough times throughout the past five years, but they have always looked to the positive side of things and continued believing there is a reason for everything.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff
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