Who is going to play, who is going to redshirt? Feel free to throw spears at it and disagree... or not.
My general thoughts below, assuming no new boo boos. Put a
random incredibly scientific % next to each name for potential to play. Surprisingly I only came up with 3 "for sures" and 5 "most likelies". Although I think it will be 6 with Ferns out on ST. Depth? Yes it's nice.
- Peppers (117%) - starter at nickel, potential displacement of a veteran at corner. The #Truth
- Canteen (100%) - don't think will match the hype machine currently generated but a decent freshman campaign with 15-17 catches. This would be a solid year - keep in mind Dileo had 16 catches and Chesson 15, and if Norfleet hype is true he is going to get some playing time.
- Cole (100%) - best case, LT starter. Worst case, first OT off the bench.
Hell, most likely.
- Mone (84%) - lots of camp hype. Has a lot of competition in his way but with coach speak and precedent seems like he will see the field.
- Watson (74%) - some talk of getting 1st team reps here and there. Incredible variability at S this year. Health of Hill, Clark moved from behind Wilson to aside him, any potential play out of Thomas. All of the above unproven. Probably the "5th" S right now right now which is one injury away from 2nd string. This position seems like the one of all on defense that someone could go from 3rd string to 1st in a few weeks.
- Ferns (50%) - Approximately the 8th LB. Top candidate for "why did we spend a redshirt year on him playing special teams?"
- Ways (36%) - Scrimmage hype but against some 3rd string types from all indications. Currently behind Funchess, Darboh, Chesson and most likely Jones. Would he or Dukes be next man up?
Break in case of emergency.
- Bunting (33%) - currently 3rd TE until Butt gets back. Assuming Butt is back by game 4ish, we can survive with AJ Williams/Heitzman for 2 baby seals and ND. If OL is a major issue and 2 TE sets become norm early could shoot up probability.
- Harris (9%) - Hamstrung for 2014. Folks, I'll be here all week. Multiple WR injuries necessary to even think of it late in year as missed time in spring and fall.
- Speight (7%) - If there is an injury, would be 3rd string. A lot of very bad things would need to happen to see the field.
- Bushell-Beatty (0%) - see you in 3 years when you try to get your chance after dominant 2015/2016 OL players graduate.
- Furbush (0%) - was supposed to be bulky oversized LB with potential to be DE in 2 years, instead was a scrawny S body who needs to bulk up to play LB. Call us in 2016.
- Marshall (6%) - only due to lack of depth at DE. Currently is "6th DE". If injuries mount could still push a Wormley out from DT to DE instead of Marshall. Have heard no camp hype.
- Pallante (0%) - see you in 3 years.
- Wangler (0%) - see you in 2 years.
- Winovich (0%) - literally have not heard one word about him in past 3 months.
Can anyone name these potential future members of Team 135?
Noah Furbush (5), Freddy Canteen (17), Brandon Watson (20), Maurice Ways (9), Drake Harris (1), Chase Winovich (15), Ian Bunting, 2015 George Campbell (11), Wilton Speight (19), Mason Cole (52), Lawrence Marshall (12), Michael Ferns (10), Brady Pallante (52)
EDIT: Added Brandon Watson and Brady Pallante. Picture from Michael Ferns' Instagram.
Jabrill Peppers added a blog entry. Amongst some other things he talked about recruiting. Specifically, him recruiting Da'Shawn Hand and Leonard Fournette.
I talk to Leonard Fournette and DaShawn Hand a lot about coming to Michigan.
First, with Leonard I'm trying to stress to him the importance of us having Derrick Green. Derrick is one of the best young running backs in the country and with him taking reps along with Leonard they could be the best 1-2 punch in the country.
The best part is that it would preserve him more because he's not gonna have to take on the whole load by himself. He'll get a blow and we won't lose productivity on the field. Getting those breaks will allow him to have a longer career than most running backs.
It's a win-win. Plus Leonard really understands how big a Michigan degree would be for him so I feel good about him.
Then with DaShawn, I always tell him that we can make each other better. We can really feed off of each other because we're both playing on defense. We'll put the clamps on the receivers and he'll pressure the quarterback. It's the perfect compliment with both of us on the field at the same time.
They're both really cool dudes and really serious about their academics first. That's what I love about them. They're obviously really talented and whatever they decide to do they've got a fan in me, but hopefully they'll come join Team 135 and we can all start our legacies together and bring Michigan back where I know it's supposed to be.
Do I think I can bring them with me? Well, I'm a really confident person so I feel pretty good about it. Definitely about DaShawn because of our relationship and the type of defense that we run. Leonard will be a little tougher, but they call me the commissioner so I'm gonna put it out there right here on my blog: I'm bringing both of them.
Q&A at DetNews with Sam Webb and two national recruiting analyst types talking progression of Speight, chances with Adoree Jackson + JuJu Smith (to create the best set of names in a defensive backfield in history), some Drake Harris talk, and Michigan's recruiting as a whole.
Steve Lorenz: Looks like Jabrill Peppers is swinging for the fences going after five-star RB Leonard Fournette.
According to Steve Lorenz:
Looks like Jabrill Peppers is swinging for the fences going after five-star RB Leonard Fournette.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) May 30, 2013
@justcoverblog No reason not to try to build on the momentum. Nothing to lose.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) May 30, 2013
@justcoverblog It's the exact strategy Michigan should be taking right now.— Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) May 30, 2013
For those who are not familiar with Fournette, he's the consensus top RB in the 2014 class, and the number one player in the nation according to 247's Composite Rankings.
The general consesus in the recruiting world is that Fournette is heavily favoring Alabama and LSU. I'd be shocked if he went anywhere other than those two schools, and even very surprised if we are able to get a visit. However, we have a lot of momentum, and if we can get him on campus anything can happen.
Mike Farrell just tweeted this about Hand's recruitment (yes, we are recruiting players not named Jabrill Peppers, just in case anyone forgot).
This is a definite shift from before, as for a while he seemed pretty set on VT leading us for his recruitment. And with Mike Farrell's annoying habit of being very accurate with his predictions, this bodes very well for us, giving us a great chance to get the #1 and #2 players in the nation (at least according to Rivals).