Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris looks to pass in the fourth quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: 2014 Roster -- Grades -- Offense -- Part I

Posted at 6:00am — 1/11/2014

Michigan Football: 2014 Roster — Grades — Offense — Part I

After doing the breakdowns of both the offense and defense recently we decided we would take a look at what Michigan returns and what they have lost and the outlook for next season.


Lost: None
Returning: Gardner, Morris, Bellamy
Additions: Speight

With everyone returning this should show improvement. This is especially true from Bellamy and Morris. Devin is Devin and if coaching staff can fix his wounded psyche he will be improved. The amount of improvement will depend on improvement from rest of the offense. Adding new offensive coordinator will make it very interesting this spring.

Score: Improvement

Running Backs:

Lost: Toussaint
Returning: Smith, Green, Johnson, Rawls, Hayes
Additions: None so far.

This position has the potential to be the largest upgrade. Lots of talent here, not sure they will be All Americans, but All Conference is very attainable. As always, the amount of improvement will hinge on the rest of the offense.

Score: Improvement

Offensive Line:

Lost: Lewan, Schofield, and Gunderson
Returning: Bosch, Glasgow, Kalis, Miller, Magnuson, Bryant, and a lot of talented young guns who have not played yet.
Additions: Cole, Bushell-Beaty

Aug 4, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier signs autographs following practice at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

This was the toughest position on the offense for me to project. On one hand I have a hard time believing it can play much worse. On the other how do you improve losing your top two players. What needs to happen is playing linemen who all were recruited for the same scheme combined by improvement in other areas leads to better play. Will It, is the question. Adding a new offensive coordinator might help the offensive line and the offensive line coach, but we won’t see until spring practices.

Score: Improved Run blocking, pass blocking a work in progress.

Part II later today we will have the remainder of the offensive grades.

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