Nov 30, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Opinions -- Sleepers

Posted at 5:30am — 12/24/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Opinions — Sleepers

Going into off-season, here is my top list of “sleepers” (which I will identify as those players who nobody discusses, but could make major moves in off-season. Because of that definition someone like Hurst, Poggi, Dawson, etc… do not count.

3) Godin
I know he is not a freshman, but how many times do people talk about Godin. With Pipkens hurt and our upcoming players such as Poggi and Hurst being red-shirt freshman and questions still remain with Wormley, and health of Strobel. Godin is one of those kids who will just plug away, work hard in off-season, may put on some much needed bulk and move inside. Not sure if he will start in 2014, but I think somehow he gets more snaps.

5) Shallman
OK, I will admit, this is real reach, hence down on the list. But and keep this in mind I think our offense changes to some extent this year and if there was one position we got close to no projection it was FB/H-back. There has never been any doubting his athletic talent, he just has not been healthy, he is now and could be one to watch this spring.

6) D’Mario Jones
Speed, this is what he brings and we sorely need. Someone has to get deep, we have Chesson, but who is going to replace Gallon? Hayes is moving to slot and could see playing time, but Jones is more of a pure pass receiver. There were times this year I thought he was going to see the field, but with a great spring and our lack of depth at WR and our need to upgrade speed I think Jones plays next year.

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jake Ryan (47) prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

And probably more importantly, the results and production of this season should not give any player on roster confident he will be starting next year, as I mentioned before, my opinion is we have a small handful of “impact” type players and then we have a great deal of players who are pretty equal in talent. Experience will give current starters the advantage, but that advantage can be quickly overcome when you have a “down” season.

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