Apr 13, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines fullback Joe Kerridge (36) quarterback Shaun Austin (15) and head coach Brady Hoke the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: 2014 Roster -- Going Into Spring -- Fullbacks

Posted at 6:00am — 1/17/2014

Michigan Football: 2014 Roster — Going Into Spring — Fullbacks

Going into spring football we are going to do our version of the roster breakdown and what we believe going into spring football might look like.

Michigan Football Spring practices start March 25th.

2014 Fullback Spring Roster

Joe Kerridge366'0238Red-shirt Junior
Sione Houma396'0231Junior
Wyatt Shallman336'3237Red-shirt Freshman

Not losing anybody on the roster at fullback is a good thing and curious how Coach Nussmeier will handle this position. Coach Borges used it as a blocking back and didn’t really use it much in the running game or passing game at all.

With Joe Kerridge the starter whenever they used a fullback last year how will his role expand? He showed good hands in the passing game whenever the ball was thrown to him. Do you go by what Coach Nussmeier did at Alabama or at Washington to try and predict what he will do at Michigan. Think will be a combination of both, but leaning towards the Bama influence along with the direction that Coach Hoke seemingly wants the offense to go as well.

Aug 31, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Thomas Rawls (38) quarterback Shane Morris (7) and fullback Sione Houma (39) celebrate a touchdown by Rawls second half against the Central Michigan Chippewas t Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Sione Houma, we haven’t seen as much as him and believe didn’t get any passes thrown his way so not sure how his hand are or will be in this offense.

The wildcard is Wyatt Shallman who played running back in high school, but has been injured and should be good to go for spring ball, but will he be looked at like a B.J. Askew type of running back where he could play both the tailback and fullback positions or similar to a Aaron Shea type of fullback/H-Back where he could be used as a dual purpose back with blocking skills along with passing as a tight end close to the line of scrimmage or that added blocker this team has lacked.

Not bringing in a fullback for the 2014 recruiting class will not hurt this position and we could see several players possibly playing a role in the fullback/H-Back role such as Khalid Hill who couple probably be used as well as being a tight end too. Also there could be a overabundance of linebackers that might want to switch over that aren’t seeing playing time as well so they might be a good choice as well, but we will have to wait till spring football to get a first hand look at how Coach Nussmeier is planning on using the fullbacks.

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