November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke and safety Jarrod Wilson (22) against the Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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4) Patrick Kugler:

I know he is probably not the favorite to start at offensive center and his injury did set him back from being able to develop as fast a year ago. However, he is healthy now, he has gained weight, he is much stronger and simply put technically and athletically he is probably our best prospect at offensive center. We all believe Glasgow is going to play somewhere so the competition is really not between Kugler and Glasgow, but is Kugler better than Bosch, Dawson, or Braden.

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

5) Defensive Backfield:

A year ago Coach Mattison because of the lack of performance in the defensive backfield played multiple players and combinations. Again this year, defensive backfield is a strong unit in terms of depth, but I hope they settle on who the starters are going to be and let them play so they can gain confidence. Don’t be quick to replace or change players because of one our two mistakes. We need consistency in the defensive backfield. Right now, I think the two players who look to be the favorites to start are Jourdan Lewis at cornerback and Jarrod Wilson at safety.

Oct 5, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess (87) receives congratulations from tight end A.J. Williams (84) after making a catch against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

6) Wyatt Shallman:

Just a player to keep an eye on, Shallman. Where will be end up playing and how will they use him, but he has had a very good off-season and is healthy and if the plan is to get the best athletes on the field, Shallman will play.

7) A.J. Williams:

I also think A.J. Williams will live up to expectations this year. With our lack of depth at tight end, Williams will be out there and he really gained a ton of strength and has worked hard on his leg strength. The big issue is will he be able to keep his off-field stuff from hindering his development.

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