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January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Frank Clark (57) against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Follow Up on 2014 -- Defensive Line

Posted at 12:30pm — 2/25/2014

Michigan Football: Follow Up on 2014 — Defensive Line

We received several e-mails in regards to our front page article yesterday “Michigan Football: 2014 Roster — Going Into Spring — Defensive Line” and most seemed confused about several of the players and their positions or possibility of playing.

So here is our take on the players going into the spring football which starts today by the way.

Defensive Tackles:

Ondre Pipkins: Perfect size and temperament for the 1-tech Defensive Tackle.

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Willie Henry (69) during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Willie Henry: Natural skills for the 3-tech Defensive Tackle, could also help at 1-tech Defensive Tackle.

Chris Wormley: Can play either the 3-tech Defensive Tackle or strong side Defensive End, We thought he was better at 3-tech Defensive Tackle last year.

Maurice Hurst: Perfect size and skill for 3-tech Defensive Tackle, could eventually grow into 1-tech Defensive Tackle.

Henry Poggi: Natural 3-tech Defensive Tackle shows the size, athletic ability, and penetration skills.

Matthew Godin: Skills are better fit at 3-tech Defensive Tackle, dictated he play 5-tech last season. Could also eventually grow into a 1-tech Defensive Tackle.

Bryan Mone *** (already on campus): Very interesting prospect, skill to play 3-tech Defensive Tackle, but size to handle the 1-tech Defensive Tackle also.

Defensive Ends:

Frank Clark: We think his best position is 3-tech Defensive Tackle. Lack of true edge rushers means he probably stays at “Rush” Defensive End.

Taco Charlton: In our opinion his best fit is “Strong-side” Defensive End. Because of Michigan’s lack of true edge rushers he probably stays at “Rush” Defensive End.

Mario Ojemudia: The only true “Rush” Defensive End on the roster.

Tom Strobel: Perfect size and temperament for the “Strong-side” Defensive End.

Brennan Beyer: 5-tech Defensive End.

Keith Heitzman *** (possible switch to TE): “Strong-side” Defensive End, but rumors are they will try him at Tight End this spring.

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