- Jake Butt
- Jehu Chesson
- Ryan Glasgow
- Ben Braden
- Ben Gedeon
- Jeremy Clarke
- Channing Stripling
- Deveon Smith
- Kyle Kalis
- Kenny Allen
- Erik Magnuson
It is a good bet that Michigan will have 14+ guys drafted this year. Of course, they should all go in the 1st round!
Just wanted to give credit where credit's due. I was re-watching the Indiana game and caught this on the replay when Smith lost his helmet in the 4th quarter:
It's common to see an O-lineman in this position grab and pull his RB for a few extra yards, but in this case he basically stops playing football, puts his hand on Smith's exposed noggin, and cups it all the way to the ground.
He actually does a good job keeping Smith's neck straight while Smith is being tackled. Means his arm is loose (edit: apparently not, see below). He's basically sacrificing his hand in case another helmet comes flying at Smith's skull.
He isn't going to get UFR points for this because it's not a "football" play, but excellent, excellent thinking on his feet and concern for his teammate's safety.
P.S. Smith, you're an RB; get your helmet fixed! This ain't the first time!
EDIT: OK, this thread is taking a very ugly turn so let me turn your attention to two other details. One, look at Braden's right hand in the first shot. It's Ben Braden pressing the Indiana defender's helmet into Smith's face to prevent it from slamming into Smith's head on the way down (Braden would then push away the helmet just before impact, h/t to SugarShane for pointing that out). He probably shouldn't have tackled at all but the whistle was late. Second, the guy who pulled off Smith's helmet -- Covington -- wrapped high but well under the helmet, just couldn't get an arm under Smith's shoulders and even recovered the helmet after it went flying. There is zero evidence of dirty Indiana play. I'm trying to celebrate a good thing here, so please cease with the accusations.
Being that I live in Rockford, I am very proud of this kid! Congrats to him and his hard work. Let's hope he can develop a high level of cohesiveness with the other 4 lineman!
Obviously there has been a great deal written about the offensive line and it is probably the biggest question mark on this team. While I feel like I've read a great deal about the offensive line in general, there doesn't seem to have been as much critique of individual players. For instance:
Glasgow: We saw him both at guard and as center, is he better at one position than the other? Clearly he had his problems with botched snaps in the middle of the season, but my sense is that by the end of the season, he had settled in at center. Did others who know more about the offensive line see improvement or did he still have less obvious flaws in his QB exchanges?
Kalis: were his challenges more with technique, knowing what he was supposed to do, speed getting off the ball? Something else?
Magnuson: seemed to have at least two challenges. First: strength (was he 285 or 295 last year, he is listed both ways in various rosters and depth charts. Second: he was learning a new position (and then had to deal with switching from the right to left side. Given the coaches willingness to switch him around so much, it seems they have a great deal of confidence in his ability to pick things up. Do people who know more about the offensive line think his challenges were more in picking up a new position, strength, something else?
Bosch: my sense is that he was playing because the coaches felt he had good technique and strength, but he just hadn't picked up enough of the offense yet.
Miller: were his challeges in the strength department, or is there something else holding him back?
I think that with either Glasgow or Kugler at center, we will be the strongest we've been since Molk left. I hope Kugler is able to step up, because then I think with Glasgow moving to guard, we'd be alright in two positions. The Magnuson injury is worrisome, because I think the biggest thing he needed was more time in the weight room. I still think he'll be the starting left tackle, he just won't be as improved as we'd hoped.
I think Bosch is going to step up and take the other guard spot and that the biggest question mark going into fall will be right tackle. For those who know more about the offensive line, how much of a question mark is it that Braden wasn't able to move inside? Obviously many others have done it, so it seems like a big red flag to me. For that reason, I think we'll see Dawson at right tackle.
I am more optimistic than many and I think that while last year's line had it's challenges with youth, Borges playcalling and constantly mucking with the line greatly exacerbated those problems. I think that we'll see more improvement than many are expecting.
Thanks for everyone who looked past my formatting fiasco and provided some of the player speciic insights I was hoping for.
TTB Andrew interviewed Ben Braden a few days ago. Braden says he's up to 6'7", 325 lbs. and not planning on redshirting.
The article is free, so you can actually read all about how awesome the 2012 OL class is (and that's without potential future commits like Jordan Diamond), but I'll post it here anyway:
The Wolverines have five commitments on the line led by top national tackles Kyle Kalis (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward) and Erik Magnuson (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon).
Kalis has a 247 Rating of 96 and is the No. 40 prospect in the country and No. 7 offensive tackle in a truly special class of tackle prospects.
Magnuson, 6-foot-6, 275-pounds, checks in at No. 63 with a 96 rating. He is the No. 10 ranked tackle in the class.
Joining the impressive duo are tackles Ben Braden (Rockford, Mi.), Blake Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and Caleb Stacey (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore). Braden is on the verge of four-star status checking in with a 247 Rating of 89.
The tight end group of Devin Funchess and A.J. Williams also comes in for an honorable mention.