Ive been stuck at work for 2 days thanks to 30 inches of snow. I thought we were leading for willingham, what happened?
Michigan's Depth By Class, 2011
This is the front-page version of the post that lives in the "useful stuff" tab updated for 2011. Since Hoke announced Michigan would be running a shifted 4-3 I've changed the defensive depth chart to reflect what's likely to happen in spring. Defensive ends have been split into strong and weakside positions and Ryan Van Bergen has been moved back into the DT row on the assumption Michigan's starting DL reads Black-Martin-Van Bergen-Roh next year. Large sections of the secondary are wild-ass guesses we won't get resolution on until Spring.
Right now Michigan has 16 slots for the 2011 class and two players who are obvious candidates to not get fifth years, so with normal attrition they'll be in the mid-twenties again next year.
As far as the end result of The Process: Michigan is two scholarships short pending tomorrow's Willingham commitment, which right now looks like it won't go M's way. In addition, they're carrying Mike Williams—a likely medical redshirt—and at least two more players who could have not gotten fifth years after graduating this spring. Michigan forewent up to five additional recruits thanks to the awkward timing of The Process. They didn't sock themselves with USC scholarship penalties—they socked themselves with half of USC's scholarship penalties.
MICHIGAN FOOTBALL DEPTH BY CLASS 2011
|QB (3 + 0)||
|RB (8 - 1)||J. Hayes
|WR (8 - 3)||R. Miller*
|Slot (5 - 1)||J. Gallon*
|TE (2 - 1)||
|B. Moore*||K. Koger|
|OT (4 - 1)||T. Posada||M. Schofield*
|OG (4 + 0)||C. Bryant||P. Omameh*
|C (4 -1)||C. Pace*
|R. Khoury*||D. Molk*|
|DT (6 - 2)||
|Q.Washington*||W. Campbell||M. Martin
|SDE (3 + 0)||
|J. Black||W. Heininger*#|
|WDE (3 + 0)||
|C. Roh||S. Watson*|
|LB (12 - 2)||J. Ryan*
|K. Demens*||B. Herron*
|CB (9 - 1)||
|JT Floyd*||T. Woolfolk*|
|SS (6 - 1)||J. Furman*||M. Robinson
|FS (2 + 0)||
|P/K (3 + 0)||M. Wile||B. Gibbons*
projected starters in bold, returning starters in italics.
Allotted: 83 (Counting Kovacs and Grady as a scholarship players)
Recruits: Right now Michigan has 16 scholarships. There are two redshirt juniors who may not get fifth years if Michigan finds it needs a little wiggle room: Terrance Robinson and Mike Cox.
Latest Update: 2/2/11 – Updated for 2011.
What about Jack Kennedy? Hopefully he's still on the depth chart. Kid is an inspiration and an all around cool dude
I think these are just the scholarship players
What is the likelyhood that Bellomy redshirts and they only use him in an emergency situation. It seems Gardner is the future at QB and there is nothing to suggest he can't manage a pro style offense. I understand adding depth to QB, but they can't possibly think Bellomy will start over Gardner when the time comes can they? Gardner, all be it limited minutes, looked pretty good throwing the ball last season...
He suggests they will try to redshirt Bellomy unless he's willing to take on the backup role behind Gardner for the duration -- I mean the primary backup who actually sees snaps in practice (and playing time when possible) in preparation for coming in if there are injuries. But I guess you never know -- he could be an NFL talent -- the thing about all these kids is they play against such different levels of competition in high school that it is hard to evaluate them until you've got them in front of you.
I like what Hoke and company did this year in the short time they had. But I am a realist. Especially with Nebraska in the Big 10 now they will have to step it up quickly. Big 10 is now a tougher conference with more big games. I don't expect a drop in wins like RichRod had, but it will take a couple of top 10 recruiting classes to get back on top where Michigan belongs. I do think Hoke and company will get them there.
Though I still think that RichRod with a DC like Mattison would have done it as well.
What are those bolded things on the right? Ohh yeeahhh...upperclassman starters. Gosh - haven't seen those things for years.
I don't know, maybe it's the 43 front, but I like the look of that (projected) defense. The front four can/should dominate the LOS, leaving Demens and company to flow and shut down the run. Still a little weak in the secondary, but more at the safety spot than the corners- I'd take that. Need to balance the safety numbers and move some bodies over from SS to FS, but as long as the Angry Michigan-Secondary-Hating God stays in his cavern, that should be a decent defense.
I think if we really run a 4-3, there is a good chance some of those linebackers end up as defensive ends. Our defensive end depth is scary. Then again, so is our defensive tackle depth. Honestly, if we are fitting our scheme to personnell, it makes a lot more sense to run a 3-4 with VanBergen a strong side defensive end. Hopefully Roh can continue to get more muscle now into his true junior season so he could manage at wde in a 3-4.
Our oline and dline should be good next year but a few injuries and it could all fall apart.
Other than your snarky comments about being USC-esk in our scollies (which I don't really agree with - but whatever) I appreciate you getting this depth chart up. It's nice to finally see players in all four columns and Junior/Senior starters! It's going to take some time, but I foresee Michigan returning to prominence. Go Blue!!
What happened to Obi Ezeh? He's not on there!
Last we heard about Marvin, I believe he was in the running for the WLB job Mouton recently vacated, yet the depth chart (while hypothetical) has him listed as competeing again for a SS spot. Has there been some sort of update I missed?