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What Happened To The Offensive Line?
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It was sometime in the second quarter when Michigan ran an honest-to-god zone read stretch play and David Molk’s butt ended up hitting Sam McGuffie seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. It did this because one of Utah’s two sophomore defensive tackles picked it up and hurled it there.
Watching this, one thing—John Ferrara’s position switch—became clear. Another unclear thing became pressing: how the hell did we end up here?
A dossier of linemen that could or should be in the program now. Players actually available are bolded.
Fifth Year Seniors
- Grant DeBenedictis gave up football after a couple years when it became clear he would never play.
- Brett Gallimore was terribly overrated, spent last year on defense, and packed it in after he got his degree.
- Jeremy Ciulla was a backup who saw time last year but decided not to return.
- Alex Mitchell loves pie.
- Justin Schifano didn’t like football and stopped playing it.
- David Moosman, Mark Ortmann, and Tim McAvoy started against Utah.
- Cory Zirbel would have started but for his knee.
- Steven Schilling started against Utah.
- Perry Dorrestein is a backup tackle.
- John Ferrara was a defensive tackle until two weeks ago.
- Mr. Plow transferred.
- Mark Huyge has an ankle sprain but should return relatively soon.
- David Molk started against Utah.
- There are six, they are freshmen.
Only twelve non-freshmen were recruited to play offensive line. Six of those left the team, including every single player in the disastrous 2004 class—normally your seniors. The junior and sophomore classes had two highly-recruited future stars… and three other players. The 2007 class of Molk and Huyge is especially terrible since by that point Schifano, Gallimore, and DeBenedictis had already left. Michigan filled up with a guy with MAC offers and one decent but undersized prospect.
Blame goes to Carr, who recruited so erratically, Andy Moeller, who was the line coach, Rodriguez, who has no family values, and whoever was identifying linemen to go after. To me this list goes “miss, miss, miss, miss, miss, Schilling maybe, miss, miss, miss, miss, guys Moeller couldn’t destroy.”