I'll admit I didn't do an exhaustive search, but with the transition and thin position spots, I was wondering what other teams depth charts looked like? How their position groups were stacked? I like the depth chart by class thing Brian said he stole from someone. Looking at other team's sites I didn't see much. Does Michigan have by far the best bloggers?? The Ohio St sites Brian has listed blow...Penn St looked like the same engine just listing rosters.
Go to the team depth chart page:
Change the drop down to the team you are interested in.
Not always up to date, but at least it will get you started.
Rivals does a pretty good job with their depth charts. As an SC alum (current Mich grad student) I have always liked the rollover charts that Joe Andras puts together over at WeAreSC. Would be pretty cool to see something along those lines for Michigan.
You can check out the most recent version here:
I wanted to look at the whole roster by class, but that's close enough thanks for reminding me of that. I'd seen that several times before just drew a blank.
I'm studying the Big Ten returning starters numbers and returning QB numbers.
The three schools with the most returning starters in the Big Ten in 2009 will be Indiana, Minnesota, then Michigan.
Ohio State returns the most defensive starters, with something like 9 out of 11 - important since "defense wins championships" in the Big Ten. Michigan has about 6 to 7 starters on defense returning.
The other important stat is which teams returning starting QBs. Indiana (Lewis), Minnesota (Weber), Ohio State (Pryor), Michigan(Threet), Illinois (Juice), Northwestern (Kafka), Iowa (Stanzi), Penn State (Clark, 5th yr sr.) all have QBs returning in 2009.
Purdue, Wisconsin and MSU must replace QBs. Of those, Wisconsin has to have the best option with Curt Phillips and Deren Sherer. MSU has Connor Dixon. And Purdue has *ugh* converted tailback Justin Siller.
To me this says two things:
1.) The Big Ten might be stronger nationally in 2009 that it demonstrated the last two years.
2.) Michigan's defense needs to show dramatic improvement in 2009 because opposing QBs will be very experienced and very talented.
3.) "Returning starter" at Michigan could mean two different things. The performance of some starters last year contributed to Michigan's 3-9 record last fall IMO (Stevie Brown, Steve Threet, Tim McAvoy). In 1980, Northwestern returned 9 defensive starters. This was horrible news at the time to Wildcat fans since the 1979 defense failed to win a game or stop anyone defensively. It's hard not to question Michigan's returning starters in 2009 the same way.
Laurinaitis are seniors. Coleman and Washington might go as juniors, though that would be a mistake on their part. More importantly, these are probably their top tacklers, which means several new guys are going to have to step up to leadership roles.