Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris (7) drops back to pass during the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: 2014 Thoughts -- Part I

Posted at 7:00am — 3/7/2014

Michigan Football: 2014 Thoughts — Part I

Players who make the biggest move in 2014

Jourdan Lewis (#26):
Cornerback who I just think has the highest upside of those currently in spring practice.

Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Tony Lippett (14) makes a catch against Michigan Wolverines defensive back Jourdan Lewis (26) during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

If the goal is to put the most athletic players on the field, Lewis will play.

Matthew Godin (#99):
I commented on Godin last week. I understand he is currently behind Chris Wormley (#43) and Wormley has probably more potential, but Godin to me in the new system provides something we have lacked for a couple of years, the ability to stop the run and his motor. He will play hard on every play and he is now healthy and is a big kid, and keep in mind a year ago at this time, before he got banged up he was playing quite regularly with the first group in spring practice.

Nov 30, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is tackled by Michigan Wolverines linebacker Ben Gedeon (42) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Gedeon (#42):
Desmond Morgan (#48) as of now looks to be the starter at “WILL” linebacker and Coach Mattison from day 1 has always liked Morgan. But I just think Gedeon is our best player at that position—and eventually will win the job.

Delano Hill (#44):
Just going on early returns (which is only 2 practices so not much to get excited about in shorts and t-shirts), but also taking into account last fall (in which Hill was one of the most impressive freshman). He is already on 2-deep and is in a position that if there is any injury or lack of progress from either Dymonte Thomas (#25) or Jarrod Wilson (#22), Hill would get a real shot.

Shane Morris (#7):
I know there is as of now a quarterback controversy and Devin Gardner (#98) I think understands his nonchalant type of approach he has exhibited in previous springs is not going to be acceptable and taking into account Coach Nussmeier likes to take a quarterback and groom him for multiple years. I think there will be a short lease on Gardner this year even if he is named the starter. Morris has shown he is ready to play and is doing very well in early spring.

David Dawson (#55):
I cant think of another player who this spring is more important than Dawson. Not only is he getting a huge opportunity with others being injured and lack of depth at offensive tackle, but because of his ability he has a huge chance of becoming at worst the #3 offensive tackle and could place himself in a position where coaches think he our best option at one of the offensive tackle positions. In addition, if Dawson shows he is one of our better offensive tackle’s it is not out of the question that he will eventually move inside if one of our interior offensive linemen does not show enough progress.

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