Rostering 2016

Submitted by Seth on January 12th, 2016 at 3:17 PM

In honor of Ferentz. Last year after neither starting quarterback did much good in their bowl game, Iowa released an unprecedented post-bowl depth chart listing C.J. Beathard as the starting quarterback over Jake Rudock. The PR gesture had two effects: 1) placated Beathard's dad who'd been making threatening transfer noises in a Tennessee paper, and 2) gave Rudock a concrete sign to seek playing time elsewhere.

In honor of Kirk Ferentz's noble and unselfish dick move, I hereby give you a post-bowl Fee Fi Foe Film diagram of just Michigan's guys. Rudock, you'll note, has again been put in his proper place: among the stars.

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While we're at it, I figured I might as well clean up the roster data spreadsheets I use to keep track of things like what happened to Michigan's recruiting classes, attrition, redshirts, position switches, and starts, with historical data going back to the 1997 team. Link is here.

Check the tabs for 2016 scholarships, starter data and walk-ons. I'll keep this updated over the offseason if you'd like to use it for diaries or fact-finding. For example if you want to see how attrition cut into Michigan's classes since 1994:

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Or with a little more playing around…

Enjoy.

Comments

UMAmaizinBlue

January 12th, 2016 at 3:56 PM ^

Why does Harbaugh not have a down-star? He was THE undisputed best coaching hire of last year (2 years ago?). Harbaugh earned that trophy, and he wants it on his mantle, thank-you-very-much.

Seth

January 15th, 2016 at 7:02 PM ^

They've got a walk-on they like who can do Kerridge things: Bobby Henderson. I don't know if he'll come back for a 5th year but he won a scholarship once under Hoke.

Other than him I think there's legs to the idea of De'Veon Smith playing some fullback in the Houma mold. He's already a very good blocker and get him on a dive play into the 2nd level and you're gonna have a good time. Only thing holding that back is he's also the best running back on the roster, and he'll get banged up as the season goes. But I predict an Askew-like role for him next year where he's a fullback sometimes and a running back sometimes and nursing boo boos all the times.