October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) fumbles the ball as Michigan Wolverines safety Jarrod Wilson (22) tackles him during a kickoff return in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Based on Some Conversations

Posted at 10:00am — 2/27/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Based on Some Conversations

1) Wide Receivers:

Coaches are excited about both Chesson and Darboh. One coach stated “I have never been around a couple of kids who are not only good athletes, but you would be hard pressed to find better kids”.

Darboh ever since coming to Michigan has had a great approach to not only football, but college and “he will contribute” … “has very good hands” and “will hit you when blocking”.

Chesson what people tend to forget is how raw he was coming out of high school and has had the usual difficulties adapting to this level of competition. But expectations are he is going to make an impact before leaving Michigan.

2) As I stated in Chat Monday Night, my early picks for the best defensive players in 2013 Mario, Pipkins, and Ross.

At least those are the ones I hope are the best because they simply are the most athletic players we have. Wilson could be considered in this group, but although Wilson is the favorite going into spring he is going to be pushed. Mario to me could be the key to next years defense. If he can become that impact pass rusher along with the return of Ryan and the emphasis of all the defensive line’s to improve pass rushing skills Michigan finally may be able to pressure the quarterback.

3) My early picks for sleepers (based on off-season) for spring.
Defense: Henry
Offense: Drake Johnson

January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Frank Clark (57) against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

4) What will happen with Clark? He looks much bigger? Could he move to SDE? Its possible although not probable. Mainly because he has struggled defending the run and continue to hear very good things about Strobel. Spring is suppose to be all about player development, last spring, Clark had a bad spring. I look for a rebound from Clark this year.

5) He is a true freshman, but Bosch I think already starts out on 2-deep and he is much more athletic than projected. Coach Hoke of course wants to red-shirt all freshman offensive linemen, but Bosch is going to push someone this spring. He is probably one of the best “true” interior offensive linemen we have.

The defensive backfield is also an area I am most concerned. Hopefully a better pass rush will help.

I still see Wilson as the favorite, but he has to show consistency and play with confidence. That was the issue last year (maybe because he was a true freshman), but some kids mature, some kids dont. Maturity — I mean ability to play with confidence, which speeds up his play.

With Clark, he is a Junior now. He should be able to defend the run, he can play, he just needs to show more dedication.

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