Just realized how much Michigan has lost on special teams. Special teams can win or lose games much like offense and defense.
Michigan has one scholarship snapper on the roster right now and will add a preferred walk on when the NCAA allows teams to list their complete roster.
Those two guys are Scott "Snappy" Sypniewski and Andrew Robinson respectively.
Snappy obviously redshirted last year and Robinson is an incoming freshman. This is probably the biggest position on special teams I'm concerned about.
When you lose a guy like Jareth Glanda who did his thing here for years, you better have a good replacement (who also catches passes in a bowl game).
Holder- Drew Dileo might be the most famous holder in history after the Dileo Power Slide. It seemed like he was the holder essentially his entire career.
On Michigan's depth chart last year, they listed punter Kenny Allen as a backup holder. So, I would like to think that we're good here.
Kicker- We lost a famous/infamous kicker who has his place in Michigan's record books. Wile has hit some long FGs but has missed a few that stand out. I think it's pretty obvious he will start his senior(!) season.
Punter- With 5th year senior Will Hagerup making his triumphant return, I think the 2012 B1G Punter of the Year takes his rightful place and has a great final year. Matt Wile was a temporary solution that worked well.
Punt Return- With both sure-thing punt returners in Gallon and Dileo gone, this is going to be a very interesting battle that could be wide open. Will Norfleet finally step up and field punts? Or could a freshman potentially grab this spot....
Kickoff Return- Norfleet is on track to become Michigan's greatest kickoff return man in history. He is top-2 in many categories, despite not breaking one off for a TD yet. A very valuable player on this team.
Michigan's depth chart last year listed a variety of guys from Dileo to Justice Hayes to Chesson as the opposite kick return man. Again, a very wide open battle.
My projected week 1 special teams lineup-
I do think Peppers will return punts at some point this season. So I'll say he'll have a majority of the starts at PR come season's end.