Apr 5, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris (7) during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Some More Football Thoughts

Posted at 8:00am — 7/21/2014

Michigan Football: Some More Football Thoughts

Getting closer some players who need to have great fall camp.

1) Chris Wormley:

Missed some parts of spring practice and when he did play looked slow and not completely healed from his injury. With the emergence of multiple players at his position he needs to step it up.

2) Dymonte Thomas:

Nov 9, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Kenny Bell (80) stiff arms Michigan Wolverines defensive back Dymonte Thomas (25) as he runs the ball in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium. Nebraska won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

He is in the mix, but lost ground late in spring. Athleticism is there some believe he plays well with straight line speed, but is not overly quick, but with Hill being so physical and Peppers maybe getting a look at safety Thomas still can claim his spot, but needs to show improvement.

3) Erik Magnuson:

Not that he is not projected to be a starter, but he is coming off injury and his ability to claim the left tackle spot would solidify our offensive linemen. If Mags shows any signs of not being able to start then there could be multiple position changes within the offensive line.

4) David Dawson:

I put him on this list because up to this point he has really been a model player in terms of work ethic something most were concerned about when he came to Michigan. He is in a tough spot, he needs to probably overcome Bosch (who I maintain is going to be tough), but may have to also beat out Patrick Kugler (with a possible move of Graham Glasgow to left guard).

Oct 12, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Jehu Chesson (86) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Michigan 43-40 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

5) Jehu Chesson:

Another player who is going to play a role, but can he become a deep threat in our offense. He is probably not a starter (assuming Amara Darboh is healthy), but he is going to be in the rotation. He showed flashes a year ago, but lacked consistency.

6) Shane Morris:

Another surprise pick, but he almost needs to show he is a co-starter. With Devin Gardner’s style of play Morris is one play away from being our starting quarterback and he now has to fend off a pretty good player in Wilton Speight.

7). Justice Hayes:

November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Justice Hayes (5) runs the ball against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The running back we forget about with Smith and Green now in much better shape. But Hayes can still be our starting running back and play a big role on this team. At one time I thought Hayes was a candidate to maybe transfer, but now he has put himself in a position to our leader at running back.

8) Khalid Hill(TE):

With Jake Butt being injured, A.J. Williams and Keith Heitzman being more of a blocking tight end Khalid Hill has a chance to see the field in passing situations. He did not really show enough in spring, but has had all summer to work on his pass routes.

9) Ben Braden:

If Braden does not solidify the right tackle position this fall, he may never be a starter at Michigan. He has all the tools to be a very good player, its time for him to step up.

Aug 31, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Central Michigan Chippewas running back Zurlon Tipton (34) and Michigan Wolverines linebacker James Ross III (15) reach for the ball in the first quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

10) James Ross III:

Once projected to be our best linebacker he is now in a fight to hold of Royce Jenkins-Stone. The position switch to “SAM” linebacker (IMO) benefited RJS more than Ross and although Ross has shown flashes he just has not shown any sustain consistency at Michigan.

11) Mario Ojemudia:

Can he have a break out season? He is healthy and we need his ability to get to the passer. Mario could become a key player in our scheme this year.

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