October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines players hold up their helmets after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Just Some Stuff

Posted at 12:00pm — 10/10/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Just Some Stuff

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2) Next year, UM may be even younger when it comes to experience especially on the offensive side than this year. First UM will be playing with 2 new tackles with the odds on favorite going into next spring practice being Mags (who has developed into our 3rd OT) and Braden (who after a very fast start has had some issues (but I still think is going to be a very good player at UM). In the mix, LTT (who I think really needs another year) and Fox (who looks like he will be able to play OT especially RT and is a large individual. he has been hampered by an injury, but he is one to keep an eye on next spring. Add to the mix, Dawson who many believe is better on the inside, but sure has the athleticism to play OT, especially RT.

Another freshman I really like is Gedeon. Even now, I see Gedeon as our best LB when it comes to both size and speed. I just think by next fall Gedeon although our LB crew will basically be back will find a way into the rotation. And even better news this kid wants to play and comes to practice every day proving he is going to be a factor.

Overall I think this is our best class since Hoke has been at UM. You could make a case for almost every player recruited and the good news is next year we are getting those “impact” players that is going to test the players already at UM. This type of competition really makes players work and make football a huge priority.

January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive linesman Taylor Lewan (not pictured) holds his helmet against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first quarter of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Now, there are some who will say all players make football a priority, but I would argue that in the past decade if you go back and look at our roster we had such little depth we had very few “impact” players that certain players were able to play at UM without really being pushed. This is not going to happen going forward and this one aspect of Hokes program is the reason I am optimistic about the future.

We may have some “growing pains” this year (although I want to be clear I am in the camp that this team can play much better), but starting next spring (even though we are still going to be extremely young) the competition and overall talent is going to start to be obvious.

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