Michigan Wolverines: Rebuilding the Offense -- Offensive Line

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Darrell Funk

GBMWolverine Coach's Corner2Posted ay 12:00pm — 7/6/2014

Michigan Wolverines: Rebuilding the Offense — Offensive Line

The Offensive Line

Place your bets on how successful the offensive line will be, and then realize the obvious, that this is a critical area of improvement that will influence the entire team. The final result will go far in determining a 6-6 record versus upward increments. If the offensive line can simply provide average BCS level blocking, Michigan’s offense will again average over 30 points. The backs are talented, the wideouts are talented, and, like the offensive line, the quarterback must come through.

Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive linesman Michael Schofield (75) against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

There is still inexperience, this is not Wisconsin plugging two or three redshirt juniors into the starting lineup. Two tackles were lost, a scene not good for any team at any level. A new system will be installed, that is problematical, but the new system may pay dividends as the year progresses.

At the start of fall camp, those with experience will probably get the first and longest looks for a starting job. If the verdict is thumbs down, then the more talented, but inexperienced, player will get the nod.

The players and coaches must forget the past, they must ignore the naysayers, and they must be dedicated to precision of technique and importance of purpose. And more than anything else this group must effectively block.

There is another difficulty the line and Coach Funk may face. The talented recruits of the last two years are perhaps more suited to play inside rather than outside. Big talents like Jake Long, and to some degree Taylor Lewan, are somewhat rare commodities and difficult to replace. The hope is that some within this group can succeed at tackle.

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