The 2022 offensive line
The 2021 edition caught the eye of Virginia All-American Olu Oluwatimi in 2022. He transferred in and immediately became Michigan’s most outstanding lineman. He went on to win the Rimington award and now is in line to maybe start for the Seattle Seahawks as a rookie. He encapsulates the story of how far Michigan football and this group has come since the 2020 disaster.
Pasting Penn State’s defense like a drum to the tune of over 400 yards on the ground was the tip of the iceberg. When Blake Corum got injured, Donovan Edwards broke Ohio State’s defense into submission and the repeat was inevitable. The 75 and 85-yard runs by Edwards should be on repeat in the strength and conditioning rooms at Michigan 24/7/365 to motivate them to get even better for future generations.
The emergence of the backups loomed large last season too. Greg Crippen, Giovanni El-Hadi, Reece Atteberry, Jeffrey Persi, and Trente Jones, with El-Hadi and Jones seeing the most meaningful amount of snaps. Altogether they gave up only single-digit sacks when J.J. McCarthy was at the helm of the Michigan football offense. Their last play in the loss to TCU was the opposite of symbolic, however.