with woolfolk redshirting in the upcoming season and hopefully returning for 2011, it just dawned on me how this tragic occurrence may turn out as a positive in the long run, as 2011 is a more probably season for UM to have some serious success .
***I want to be clear that I am not happy about Troys injury, even if it will help our 2011 campagin
at the end of the 2010 season (or actually 10-11 academic year if you care about academics and all that), michigan will be graduating the following players:
While that is a reasonably long list, the negative impact that these departures will have at each position is somewhat minimal, with a few exceptions. (Im assuming, and praying, that no one leaves early. Martin, Molk, Van Bergen, or Stonum are the most likely)
Of those players, the projected starters are:
-Schilling - LG
-Mouton - WLB
-Ezeh - MLB
-Dorrestein (maybe) - T
-Banks (maybe) - DE/DT
their likely replacements are:
LG: Barnum, Washington, or Mealer
As of now I would guess Barnum but it will likely depend on where Washington is in his development.
WLB: JB Fitzgerald, Josh Furman (maybe), Mike Jones, Isaiah Bell.
Furman is currently listed at 207. He would likely have to add another 20 lbs to be a viable option here. Otherwise hell probably get looks at the spur position. I personally think this would be a more natural fit, as the spur would give him more coverage responsibilities, which is something he lacks experience in.
MLB: Kenny Demens, JB Fitzgerald
T: Lewan, Scofield
DE/DT: Campbell, Black, Lalota
If Campbell is ready, he might take over the NT and Martin may slide over. Otherwise someone like Jibreel Black or Lalota will be put somewhere onto the line.
what does this all amount to?
Based on last seasons performances, Schilling is clearly the biggest loss. However, improvements along the other positions on the line should amount to an overall improvement, despite losing both he and Dorrestein (who may not be a starter). Two of Lewan, Schofield, and Huyge will take the tackle spots. I know a lot of people here have high hopes for the prior two, so another year of experience will hopefully mean big things. Molk will be a senior and hopefully an All-Big10 performer. Omameh will be a junior and have a season and a half of starts under his belt. I expect the OLine to be one of the best in the B10 in 2011.
No change unless stonum leaves early. Between Rountree, Stonum, Odoms, Hemingway, etc this should be a pretty solid group. Especially if Stonum breaks out this yr like we all hope he will.
No change in personelle but experience is always a good thing. I expect one of Tate or Denard will establish themselves at some point by then. Unless Gardner surpasses both.
Koger will be a senior. Hopefully hell get some looks. Otherwise hell simply be an above average blocker.
If Martin leaves early that would be a big loss. But if not, this should be an improved group. I expect Banks to start, but hes really (hopefully) only keeping Campbells spot on the line warm until hes ready to compete. 2011 should be Campbells time to become the everdown guy. If not, some good things have been said about jibreel black recently.
This group is going to lose a ton of experience in Ezeh and Mouton. Mouton is probably the greater loss, but neither played well last year, so its hard to make a judgment. Of all of the position groups, this one is probably the most troubling. We dont really have much proven young talent waiting behind these two. But if they play like they did last yr, we really cant regress that much in 2011. Hopefully Fitzgerald and Demens will justify their recruiting hype. Otherwise who knows (maybe some freshman compete). Roh will be a beast in 2011.
The only change in personelle will be the return of Woolfolk. If he returns in full form, this will obviously be an improved group
-CB1 - Woolfolk
-CB2 - Floyd/Christian/Avery/Talbott
-FS - Cam Gordon/Emilien
-SS - Kovacs/Marvin Robinson
-Spur - Thomas Gordon/Mike Williams/Josh Furman
So, final comparisons to 2010:
Oline - improved
WRs - improved
QBs - improved
TEs - improved
DLine - improved
LBs - ?
DBs - improved
Finally, after all that rambling...How good do you guys think this team could actually be?