Michigan Wolverine Football: Lets Talk Football — Offense Personnel


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Michigan Wolverine Football: Lets Talk Football — Offense Personnel

Sorry for the delay. With school wrapping up time was not available. As before, I am not including any player who did play last season or practice this spring.


Lets be honest, neither Shane Morris or Jake Rudock are All American candidates. Probably not even All League. What we need is improved play from last season. One of them needs to step up and be the game manager that gives this team a chance to win most games. And for God sakes we cannot have all those TURNOVERS for the quarterback position.

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If the season started tomorrow, I would be surprised if Morris did not get the nod. His time with Coach Jim Harbaugh this spring is invaluable. Given an entire summer and camp, I think Rudock’s overall experience gives him the best shot.


My biggest disappoint is that Wyatt Shallman has not stepped up taken this position. He is the best athlete and could really help this offense. Joe Kerridge gives everything he has, but IMO he is a back up and special teams player. Pallante does lay pads blocking, but is no threat with the ball.


When healthy, Ty Isaac was the best tailback this spring. Runs with good combination of speed and power, and can also line up in the slot. De’Veon Smith took to Coach Tyrone Wheatley and (IMO) was the most improved. The wildcard is Drake Johnson. If healthy he can help. I just have a problem believing he will be 100% in September.

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Wide Receiver:

Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh had solid springs. Neither were Star caliber, but both showed they are capable players. The wild cards (IMO) are Moe Ways and Brian Cole. Ways is an excellent athlete still learning to play wide receiver. If he puts it all together that would be a huge plus. Cole is the 2nd best athlete on the roster. Superior combination of size and athletic ability. Best fast twitch player on the offense. Question is does the staff use him at both Z and slot. Or do they think its best to let him learn slot before pushing the 2nd position.

Tight Ends:

Jake Butt is basically at wide receiver / slot receiver playing tight end. He still has problems with his online blocking. A.J. Williams is an enigma, great size and better athlete than you might think. He just has not put it all together. Wild card is Ian Bunting, he is again a wide receiver / slot receiver playing tight end, but he has a better frame than Butt’s and should be able to add some good weight. I am going to break one of my rules, but keep a close eye on young Mr. Tyrone Wheatley Jr.!

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    Brian Cole has a chance to be very good. Question is can he be that player this season. Spring showed him to be a superior athlete, but not close to being a superior football player. Freddy Canteen is the wildcard. This should be his position to lose. After last spring I thought we had something special. But he is not very physical and that makes him easy to defend.

    Offensive Line:

    From the group of Erik Magnuson, Kyle Kalis, Graham Glasgow, Ben Braden, Mason Cole, David Dawson, and Logan Tuley-Tillman, five need to emerge and become a solid unit. Three positions are spoken for (IMO) with Cole at LT, Glasgow at OC, and Kalis at RG are fairly certain. After that things get dicey. None of the other four stepped up and said this position is mine.

    All had their moments and all had just as many times when you just shook your head. I would not be surprised if whom ever loses the right tackle competition ends up starting at left guard. I personally like Mags better at OT than OG. I think his long body gets pushed around a bit inside. Wildcard (IMO) is Dawson. He is very talented, just has not made up his mind to be a player. You can call me bias, but (IMO) this unit is going to miss Jack Miller a ton. He allowed Glasgow to play other positions. And he is the teams best RT and OG on the team.

    Lets hear what everyone else thinks!

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