A Michigan football tight end has 'made a big move' this spring

Michigan football needed more depth to emerge this spring at tight end and it has happened with Marlin Klein.
Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight ends Colston Loveland (18) and
Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight ends Colston Loveland (18) and / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan football has arguably the best tight end in college football heading into this season in Colston Loveland. But you always need depth, especially when you use tight ends the way the Wolverines do.

New tight ends coach Steve Casula talked about his position group this week and one name he mentioned as a guy who has taken a step forward is Marlin Klein, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end who is originally from Germany.

Klein was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. He played in 10 games last season as a sophomore for Michigan football and caught one pass for eight yards. However, he's super talented and after losing A.J. Barner to the NFL draft, there are more snaps available.

Casula mentioned the "no block, no rock" policy for Michigan football which means if you don't block, you aren't going to get the ball. Max Bredeson is another up-and-coming tight end. He's a proven blocker and could have a bigger role as a pass catcher too. However, watch out for Klein, who could have a shot to be a future starter if Loveland leaves for the NFL draft after 2024. Here's what Casula said about the tight end room:

"Tight ends are counted on in big games. In addition to Col, Max Bredeson is as important of a player that we have. He may not show up each and every week on the stat sheet, but when you want to talk about someone who allows us to help establish our identity in terms of running the football, Max is vital to that.

In addition to him, a guy that's made a big move this spring is Marlin Klein. Obviously, everyone has been aware of Mar for a long time, but I think Mar will be a guy that gets a lot of great opportunities and he's worked hard and he's worked to earn and deserve that. We're really excited about where he's at, too."


Klein and Bredeson have each impressed this season and when you consider Loveland, the best tight end in college football (in my view) the tight ends are going to be a strength for Michigan football again.