Michigan Football: Coach’s Corner — Craig Roh — Defensive Line — Wolverine’s Spring Football — GBMWolverine Evaluations
GBMWolverine Football Spring Evaluations: Position-by-Position — Player Profile.
GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of Craig Roh 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 (Defensive Line) we will not evaluate #67 Nathan Brink. 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: #39 Will Heininger, #53 Ryan Van Bergen, #68 Mike Martin, and #95 Chris Rock who has left the program.
Coming in for 2012 (Team #133) on scholarship: Willie Henry, Ondre Pipkins, Chris Wormley, Tom Strobel, Matt Godin, and Mario Ojemudia.
Commit for 2013 (Team #134) on scholarship: Henry Poggi, Maurice Hurst Jr., and Taco Charlton.
Position: Defensive Line (DE)
City/State: Scottsdale, Arizona
High School: Chaparral
High School Coach: Charlie Ragle
Craig Roh is a talented defensive player from Arizona. He played all over the place as a freshman, but has grown into a defensive lineman. He has played hard, practiced hard, and is a very intelligent player. Here is another Michigan defensive player that has survived scheme, coaching, and position change.
Craig made a nice transition from rush-defensive end to strong side-defensive end this spring. This move (and Black’s) was necessitated by the loss of three starters from last year’s defensive line group.
Craig looked a lot better against the run than we expected when we observed him this spring at practices.
Roh provides the defense with a solid pass rush from the strong side. Perhaps the biggest help Craig can provide is being consistent regarding keeping the pressure on the quarterback, resulting in decreased time to make decisions.
We will all keep an eye on Roh to see how he holds up against some of the bigger, more physical tight ends in the Big Ten Conference. The season opener non-conference game against Alabama is going to be a supreme test right out of the gate at “Jerry’s World.”
This seems like a broken record, but it is hard to believe that Roh is a senior already, and he is one of those players that after this season many, probably including Roh, are going to be asking what would have happened if he had red-shirted his freshman year and had one more year left at Michigan? As we all remember, during Craig’s first year as a true freshman, Michigan had little choice but to play Craig.
In summary, Craig has worked hard to bulk up from the wiry freshman that was quite versatile but lacked strength. Craig is one of the 2012 seniors the coaching staff will depend on for leadership and team cohesiveness. A big year could get him at least some consideration for the next level, but it is almost a certainty that as of now Craig’s energy and thought is all about Michigan and how to make the 2012 season a Wolverine success.
Craig has earned respect for his accomplishments as both a player and student.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff
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