Fall Roster Overanalysis 2016!

Fall Roster Overanalysis 2016! Comment Count

Seth August 8th, 2016 at 5:45 PM

You can jump now Steve:

Michigan has finally posted their rosters with new weights and freshman numbers and such. I haven't included spring weights this year since they didn't update those on the roster; listed weights as recruits or early enrollees are in the 2015 column, with the recruits in parentheses. The exits of Canteen and Pallante have been covered.

Remember the rules:

  • All weight gain is burly muscle that won't slow them down AT ALL
  • All weight loss is a guy in the best shape of his life who's going to do crazy fast things as his new svelte self.

NEW RULE FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF HARBAUGH:

  • Believe any of it at your own risk. Harbaugh wouldn't hesitate to list Nate Johnson 6'11"/375 pounds if he thought the confusion might gain a yard this year.

TO THE SPREADSHEETS:

Quarterbacks
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Shane Morris 201 204 209 208 213 +3 +4 +5
Wilton Speight 234 235 239 243   +5 +4
Alex Malzone 218 222 224     +2
John O'Korn 209 215     +6
Brandon Peters       205 216     +11
Running Backs
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Drake Johnson 213 211 207 210 201 -2 -1 -9
De'Veon Smith 224 220 228 228 228 -4 +8 -
Ty Isaac 225 240 228 230   +3 +2
Karan Higdon 190 189 189     -
Kareem Walker       210 207     -3
Chris Evans       (181) 200     (+19)
Kingston Davis       225 245     +20
Fullbacks
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Bobby Henderson 227 236 240 245 242 +9 +9 -3
Khalid Hill 258 252 252 263 263 -6 +11 -
Henry Poggi 260 270 273 266 257 +10 -4 -9
Receivers
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Amara Darboh 212 211 216 215 215 -1 +4 -
Jehu Chesson 196 197 207 200 203 +1 +3 +3
Drake Harris 176 174 181 188   +5 +7
Maurice Ways 195 205 210 217   +15 +7
Grant Perry 185 184 196     +12
Kekoa Crawford       (175) 195     (+20)
Ahmir Mitchell       205 205    
Nate Johnson       (174) 185     (+11)
Eddie McDoom       (170) 180     (+10)
Tight Ends
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Jake Butt 237 249 248 250 250 +12 +1 -
Ian Bunting 227 243 252 252   +25 -
Tyrone Wheatley 260 291 276     -15
Zach Gentry 230 244 244     -
Nick Eubanks       (208) 236     (+28)
Devin Asiasi       (253) 287     (+34)
Sean McKeon       230 240     +10
Offensive Line
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Kyle Kalis 302 298 292 305 305 -4 +7 -
Erik Magnuson 285 294 296 305 305 +9 +11 -
Ben Braden 318 322 331 322 335 +4 - +13
Patrick Kugler 287 299 297 302 303 +12 +3 +1
David Dawson 297 296 309 316 325 -1 +20 +9
Mason Cole 292 287 305 305   +13 -
J. Bushell-Beatty 319 319 325 311   +6 -14
Grant Newsome 280 300 318     +18
Jon Runyan Jr. 275 304 304     -
Nolan Ulizio 293 291 291     -
Michael Onwenu       (367) 350     (-17)
Stephen Spanellis       (330) 335     (+5)
Ben Bredeson       (280) 310     (+30)
Defensive Line
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Ryan Glasgow 300 296 297 300 299 -4 +4 -1
Chris Wormley 289 295 300 303 302 +6 +8 -1
Matthew Godin 280 286 287 288 294 +6 +2 +6
Taco Charlton 270 275 273 285 272 +5 +10 -13
Maurice Hurst 270 282 281 282 282 +12 - -
Chase Winovich 220 227 235 245   +15 +10
Lawrence Marshall 241 238 250 268   +9 +18
Bryan Mone 312 325 320 310   +8 -10
Shelton Johnson 225 212 212     -
Reuben Jones 225 222 222     -
M. Dwumfour       (282) 300     (+18)
Rashan Gary       (290) 287     (-3)
Ron Johnson       (221) 245     (+24)
Linebackers
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Mike McCray 237 241 242 240 248 +4 -1 +8
Ben Gedeon 236 240 241 248 247 +4 +8 -1
Wyatt Shallman 237 239 244 245 242 +2 +6 -3
Jabrill Peppers 202 205 208 205   +6 -3
Noah Furbush 210 217 242 238   +32 -4
Jared Wangler 219 230 231 229   +12 -2
E. Mbem-Bosse       (228) 215     -13
Carlo Kemp       250 255     +5
Devin Gil       (204) 230     (+26)
Devin Bush Jr.       220 232     +12
Josh Uche       (217) 217     ( – )
Safeties
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Delano Hill 205 205 204 212 215   - +7 +3
Dymonte Thomas 190 193 191 195 199 +3 +2 +4
Tyree Kinnel 200 201 206     +5
Khaleke Hudson       (204) 205     (+1)
Josh Metellus       (187) 204     (+17)
Cornerbacks
Player 2013 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 13 to 14 14 to 15 15 to 16
Jourdan Lewis 170 175 176 175 186 +5 - +11
Channing Stribling 171 178 178 181 175 +7 +3 -6
Jeremy Clark 205 205 205 210 206   - +5 -4
Brandon Watson 188 189 191 203   +3 +12
Keith Washington 175 170 170     -
David Long       (170) 187     (+17)
Lavert Hill       (173) 168     (-5)

[Things of GREAT IMPORTANT after the JUMP OF GREAT IMPORTANCE thing.]

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Unverified Voracity Ohio Ohio Ohio OHIO Comment Count

Brian April 26th, 2012 at 12:05 PM

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On "Ohio" (not that OHIO). In 1995, Ohio sued OHIO(!!!) so they could use "Ohio" on shirts and stuff. Sweet Jesus that's a confusing sentence. A little clarity:

On Dec. 16, Ohio State University filed a petition with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel Ohio University's trademark of "Ohio." The trademark, which was granted by the federal trademark office in 1995, applies to what is called a "secondary use" -- a use limited to university athletic events, entertainment and apparel.

In an op-ed run by The Dayton Daily News and The (Toledo) Blade, Ohio University Vice President for University Relations Adrie Nab said: "CNN, ESPN, the wire services, USA Today and most other national media refer in sports stories to Ohio University as 'Ohio,' just as they call Indiana University 'Indiana,' just as they call the University of Michigan 'Michigan.' The University of Michigan has a trademark for 'Michigan.' Indiana holds a trademark for 'Indiana.' Why shouldn't Ohio University hold a trademark for 'Ohio'?"

So call Ohio Ohio all you want. After all, Ohio tried to claim Ohio for its own, even taking it to the legal system when OHIO(!!!) wouldn't let them use "Ohio" for Ohio's desired purposes.

I'm going to lie down now and breathe into a paper bag.

LeVert visit. OHIO(!!!) decommit Caris Levert has scheduled some initial visits. There are three to Dayton, Purdue, and Michigan. "Xavier and maybe others" are also on the docket with a decision scheduled within a month. A Rivals dude claimed M, Purdue, and Iowa were LeVert's top three a couple days back.

Um… okay. An addendum to the BCS's anti-home-game arguments:

Where are people going to stay if Oregon hosts a semifinal game? In Portland?

Wherever they stay now? Also Portland is two hours away. I think people can deal. The BCS thinks this is an insurmountable logistical disaster.

Jason Kirk has some more details on the average capacity of a home semifinals, FWIW. Elsewhere, Dan Wetzel bombs the BCS boondoogle. This is a small portion of the money college football is burning by letting blazer-clad stripper enthusiasts run their postseason:

Major bowl games have the money. The most recent federal tax filings of Sugar Bowl Inc. show it ended its fiscal year with $34.2 million in assets, including $12.5 million in cash and $20.8 million in publicly traded securities. CEO Paul Hoolahan pocketed $593,718 in total compensation.

While financial numbers from this year aren't publicly available, the last time the Sugar Bowl "double hosted" – it's namesake game and the BCS title game – it did $34.1 million in revenue and turned an $11.6 million profit. Since the game enjoys a 501 (c) (3) non-profit status, that was all tax free.

The Sugar Bowl ran a 34% profit margin that year. I bet a dollar none of the four teams made out so well.

Compher impresses. I've been throwing links on the sidebar detailing the performances of Jacob Trouba and JT Compher at the U18 world championships that the USA just dominated to win their third-straight gold medal. Both impressed. Trouba was expected to, but as an underager no one really knew what to expect from Compher. They got a performance that belied his years:

J.T. Compher — The 1995-born center was a revelation in the tournament. His high-energy style, speed and grit make him a versatile threat. Not only does he possess the qualities of an energy-line type player, he also has offensive touch. Compher scored two goals, each coming in big games. He scored Team USA’s first goal in the semifinal against Canada and its third in the gold-medal game against Sweden. Compher has a good shot and decent enough puck skills, but he creates with his power and speed. His forechecking led to a few U.S. goals and his line with Frankie Vatrano and Matt Lane was probably Team USA’s most consistent in the tournament. It’s hard to believe Compher was an under-ager with the way he played this year. Draft eligible in 2013. Committed to the University of Michigan.

I still wish Michigan could pick up some of the little scoring dynamos Miami is bringing in. They had two in this tournament, one for 2012 and one 2013. Midgets with a mid-round NHL grade are a great opportunity to have a high-talent guy the NHL is willing to leave in college.

An odd path. Michigan fans were introduced to walk-on QB Alex Swieca when he came on late in the spring game. He's an interesting guy who took a path to Michigan football odder than anyone in recent memory:

With a passion for football that dates back to his early childhood, the Manhattan product started playing flag football in third grade and attended numerous tackle football camps as he got older. Growing up on the upper East Side, he had long desired to play collegiate football.

His aspiration to play tackle football was initially hindered when he entered the Frisch School, a Jewish day school in New Jersey that didn’t have a football team. Swieca decided to wrestle during his four years at Frisch, to quench his competitive drive. He continued to play football in recreational leagues, and attended camps during the summer.

After high school, Swieca deferred his enrollment to Michigan, opting to take a year to study in Israel. With the suggestion of his brother, Mike, Alex joined the Judean Rebels of the Israel Football League — a four-year-old amateur tackle football league in Israel that plays eight men on each side.

While taking academic courses during the day, Swieca traveled to Jerusalem twice a week for practice and traveled all over the country to play weekly Thursday night games.

He'd probably start at an ACC school with that Thursday night experience. Also I think the Judean Rebels should rename themselves the Judean People's Front as soon as possible.

NIT opponents, possibly. Other headliners in the Preseason NIT are Pitt, Kansas State, and Virginia. If that seems kind of weak, yeah. Michigan got a 4-seed last year, Kansas State an 8, Virginia a 10, and Pitt did not qualify for the tourney.

Despite losing Frank Martin, K-State does return almost everyone else, losing only a 6'7" guy who played 60% of KSU minutes. Virginia loses Mike Scott, a KPOY contender, and a starting guard. Pitt loses two starters as well. Pitt does have a strong recruiting class.

Even so, Michigan should be looking to win this thing.

JIM DELANY POWER RANKINGS.

1. Jim Delany again recounts the tale of the BTN's formation in which former ESPN CEO and notable failure Mark Shapiro taunts the B10 into action.

JIM DELANY FINGERBANG THREAT LEVEL: Shapiro sat across the table, smirking. Again. The little brat had just proposed a game show in which Big Ten coaches would perform Fear Factor-like stunts for the privilege of getting off ESPNU. "Take it," Shapiro said. "I can't guarantee this deal will be here tomorrow. You only have to wear the organ grinder outfit on gamedays."

Delany stares back blankly. Under the table, a fist with two raging fingers extended. The other hand soothingly caresses it. Soon, Delany thinks. Soon. Shapiro smirks. He has no other facial expression.

Yet.

Etc.: Brandon also shoots down the idea Michigan will return the Fab Five banners. Terry Richardson seems a bit more amenable to the idea of a redshirt these days. Witnesses seem to confirm the ballad of Josh Furman's lawyer. I'd guess he gets acquitted or whatever sticks is so minor it won't affect his availability this fall. UPDATE: Furman acquitted.

Zak Irvin scouting video.

Pulling guards are key for play action. Michigan did that plenty last year, but you kind of have to get a guy blocked to make it work.

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