Michigan Football: Tidbits from Spring Practice
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Spring practices are primarily for player development, positions can be won, but they still have to hold on to spots throughout summer and fall.
This years spring practices were the most physical in over a decade.Lewan and Schofield has been even better than expected, mainly because even though both are Seniors and they really do not have to win a position, both has shown leadership, both with their play on the field, but their willingness to go out of their way to teach the younger kids.
Note: This should be noted, this team really pulls for each other, even though there is some tough competition is some areas. The kids are battling and at the same time, teaching the same kids who may take their job.
Braden has solidified the LG spot, as I previously stated, you have to be impressed with not only his size, but his overall athleticism. I see no problem with him sliding out to LT or RT next year.
Miller has won the OC spot as of now, Kugler needs some time to develop. Bry has won a spot on this team, either backing up at RG, or being the backup at OC.
Kalis, this has been interesting to watch. The most highly touted OL coming out of HS has really had to work to be in the starting line-up and of all the starters, he is the one whose job is the most likely to change. The good news is Kalis has become very coach-able (he went through a tough transition period where he had to mentally adapt to not being the “sure thing” as projected).
Bosch is one to watch in the future. He really is a tough, competitive kid who has not backed down at all this spring. I could easily see Bosch by next spring being our starter at LG while Braden moves out to OT.Wilson, M-rob has been starting, but not sure if he holds off Wilson. Wilson has been one of best players at any position this spring and the lack of confidence shown throughout last year is going away. As he matures he plays a ton of snaps at UM.
But RB spot is going to be won in fall and the incoming frosh have a real shot.
This spring we can see the future of UM football. UM will run the football, has shown signs of improvement, but need to be able to successfully run the ball on 3rd down and short and be more consistent. If there is one problem with offense this spring—is the ability to drive the ball with 8, 10, 12 play type of drives.
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