Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
...last time I made this, people jumped down my throat cause I was overreacting after a shitty win (UConn). I wasn't, I truly wanted to "look ahead" since I believe we were going into a Bye Week.
Now? Now I'll admit it. I'm looking to next season.
1. Devin Gardner (RS Sr.)
2. Shane Morris (So.)
3. Brian Cleary (RS So.) / Russell Bellomy (RS Jr.)
rs: Wilton Speight (Fr.)
1. Derrick Green (So.)
2. De'Veon Smith (So.) / Drake Johnson (RS So.)
4. Thomas Rawls (Sr.)
1. Joey Kerridge (RS Jr.)
2. Sione Houma (Jr.)
3. Wyatt Shallman (RS Fr.)
1. Amara Darboh (RS So.)
2. Drake Harris (Fr.)
3. Jaron Dukes (RS Fr.) / Csont'e York (RS Fr.)
rs: Maurice Ways (Fr.)
1. Jehu Chesson (RS So.)
2. Da'Mario Jones (So.)
3. Dennis Norfleet (Jr.) / Justice Hayes (RS Jr.)
rs: Freddy Canteen (Fr.)
1. Devin Funchess (Jr.)
2. Jake Butt (So.)
3. A.J. Williams (Jr.)
4. Jordan Paskorz (RS Sr.)
5. Khalid Hill (RS Fr.)
rs: Ian Bunting (Fr.)
1. Ben Braden (RS So.)
2. Logan Tuley-Tillman (RS Fr.)
1. Kyle Bosch (So.)
2. Joey Burzynski (RS Sr.) / Chris Bryant (RS Jr.)
rs: Mason Cole (Fr.)
1. Graham Glasgow (RS Jr.)
2. Jack Miller (RS Jr.) / Patrick Kugler (RS Fr.)
4. Joey Burzynski (RS Sr.)
1. Kyle Kalis (RS So.)
2. Joey Burzynski (RS Sr.)
3. Blake Bars (RS So.) / David Dawson (RS Fr.)
1. Erik Magnuson (RS So.)
2. Chris Fox (RS Fr.) / Dan Samuelson (RS Fr.)
rs: Juwan Bushell-Beatty (Fr.)
1. Frank Clark (Sr.)
2. Mario Ojemudia (Jr.) / Brennen Beyer (Sr.)
4. Taco Charlton (So.)
rs: Lawrence Marshall (Fr.)
1. Ondre Pipkins (Jr.)
2. Richard Ash (RS Sr.)
3. Maurice Hurst Jr. (RS Fr.) / Bryan Mone (Fr.)
rs: Brady Pallante (Fr.)
1. Willie Henry (RS So.)
2. Matt Godin (RS So.)
3. Tom Strobel (RS So.) / Henry Poggi (RS Fr.)
1. Brennen Beyer (Sr.)
2. Keith Heitzman (RS Jr.) / Chris Wormley (RS So.)
4. Matt Godin (RS So.)
5. Tom Strobel (RS So.)
1. James Ross (Jr.)
2. Ben Gedeon (So.)
3. Royce Jenkins-Stone (Jr.)
4. Antonio Poole (RS Jr.)
rs: Jared Wangler (Fr.)
1. Desmond Morgan (Sr.)
2. Joe Bolden (Jr.)
3. Michael Ferns (Fr.) / Michael McCray (RS Fr.)
1. Jake Ryan (RS Sr.)
2. Brennen Beyer (Sr.)
3. Allen Gant (RS So.)
rs: Chase Winovich (Fr.)
rs: Noah Furbush (Fr.)
1. Blake Countess (RS Jr.)
2. Jourdan Lewis (So.)
3. Delonte Hollowell (Sr.)
4. Terry Richardson (Jr.)
1. Raymon Taylor (Sr.)
2. Channing Stribling (So.)
3. Reon Dawson (RS Fr.) / Ross Douglas (RS Fr.)
rs: Brandon Watson (Fr.)
1. Jabrill Peppers (Fr.)
2. Blake Countess (RS Jr.)
3. Delonte Hollowell (Sr.)
1. Jarrod Wilson (Jr.)
2. Jeremy Clark (RS So.)
1. Dymonte Thomas (So.) / Delano Hill (So.)
3. Josh Furman (RS Sr.)
1. Matt Wile (Sr.)
1. Will Hagerup (RS Sr.)
2. Kenny Allen (RS So.)
1. Matt Wile (Sr.)
From the Official Umich Twitter:
Michigan Depth Chart vs. Central Michigan: pic.twitter.com/YV5ZBx03Yd— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) August 26, 2013
A few takeaways from this are:
- Miller will likely start at center
- Drake Johnson is the #2 back, while Green is #5 and Smith is #6. However, it does have a big "OR" next to it, which makes me think that it doesn't mean much.
- Jarrod Wilson is the starting FS
- Oh, apparently Jeremy Clark weighs 305 pounds.
- Shallman is listed as a FB
- Avery is injured
- Gardner is not listed as our number one WR, but rather as a QB. Sorry Space Coyote.
1.) On the unofficial two-deep we've got Royce Jenkins-Stone as the backup WLB. Per his recruiting profile, I thought he'd be the back-up SAM. Currently, Beyer is the backup SAM, and Beyer won't likely move (WDE is taken up by Clark [Sr], Ojemudia [Soph], and Charlton [Fr], not to mention incoming recruits like Lawrence Marshall).
The depth chart by class really exemplifies my above statement regarding depth at LB. What I'm wondering is what the board thinks about RJS moving positions to SAM. He and Winovich are the best protoypes for that position on the roster, but if RJS moves from WLB this year, we have no depth.
Basically, do we see RJS as moving to SAM next year (backing up JMFR), or does he stay at WLB?
2.) The slot position loses 2/3 of its players after this year. We are bringing in new WRs, but none fit the "slot" position (except A. Scott, who has not committed). After this year, only Demario Jones (6'2) will be a "slot" WR. I know we're moving away from the position, but in the ideal Borges offense, we should still have a player who can play the slot position on offense.
Do we move one of the smaller CBs -- Richardson, Lewis, [insert any and all Cass Tech CBs here]? Or do you guys see someone moving from RB -- Norfleet, Hayes?
It's not terribly important: A. Scott as a potential commit, other WRs able to move inside, multiple TE/U-back/H-back types. Nevertheless, it's the offseason and I'm bored at work.
So we're pretty well into the season at this point (Nearly halfway! Dear god!). At any rate, we've seen a lot of play out of a lot of guys, but we've only seen a few depth chart moves so far, usually as a result of injury. I'm wondering if any of you have some moves you'd like to see take place that the coaches haven't done, yet.
A move that will be taking place this week is that Raymon Taylor has moved ahead of Avery on the depth chart, though he was going to start anyway, so that's really just procedureal.
I'd like to see a depth chart change at RB. Not necessarily movint Fitz out of the one, but maybe listing the one as Fitz OR Rawls, and I'd also like to see the options below those two more clearly demarcated and get some other guys a few chances. We have to find a back that can get it going.
I also wonder if something shouldn't be done about the depth chart at DE (Clark/Beyer). Your thoughts?
I keep hearing how Alabama has more talent due to their amazing recruiting. So I wanted to take a look and see what the differences were according to Rivals and ESPN. Hope I didn't mess up the formatting I have never done this before.
Also note I only included the players that were listed on the Two Deep depth charts. So the ratings don't include the whole recruiting classes. I was really suprised to see how many upper classman3 star guys Bama had on the OL and DL. Most of their highly rated guys were at LB, CB/S, and RB. I don't think there is as big a differnce as people think.
|Avg Rivals Stars||Avg Rivals Rating|
|Players in Rivals 250||Avg Rivals Pos Rank|
|Avg ESPN Rank||Avg ESPN Pos Rank||Players in ESPN 150|
Sorry about the formatting I have tried to fix it but every time I save it goes back to the large verson. [ed-S: fixed. Thanks for doing the research]
Greg Mattison recently stated he wants 22 defenders he feels comfortable with playing because injuries are not an excuse for any loss. Pessimistic prognosticators point to our paper thin depth as a reason to pick us for 6 wins. I ask, are we really that thin in depth?Or am I just inflating the following depth compared to the miniscule depth over the past three years?
Depth by position-
OL-Schofield-This RS Soph was already subbed in the past weekend and has received high marks from the staff.
WR-J. Robinson, J. Jackson, J. Gallon, D. Dileo-Three of these youngsters played last year and Robinson is the most hyped redshirt frosh on the team.
QB-Gardner-Denard is the absolute worst injury this team could suffer. However Devin has the athletic talent to keep things interesting.
RB-Fitz, Smith, Hopkins, and Rawls-Fitz looks like a 1b starter from preseason videos and reports.
DB-Floyd, Talbott, and pick your favorite frosh DB-both played at DB last year.
LB-Assuming Hawthorne, Demens, and C. Gordon start-M. Jones, J. Ryan, B. Herron, M. Evans, and Fitzgerald-That's 5 linebackers that are either old dudes, or their stock is on the rise (Ryan this year, Jones last year who played on 3rd downs vs. ND pre-injury).
D-line-Heininger, Campbell, Qwash, Black-I think Qwash will step up this year. He looked ok in limited time last year and Mattison said in the spring he could "roll" Washington and Campbell to keep them fresh. Let's hope Brink is a true starter Kovacs style.
Conclusion: Overall I am not going to hit the panic button at any position unless Denard, Mike Martin, or Troy Woolfolk go down given their all-star power. Only 6 days away, Go Blue!