my shot at 2009 depth

Submitted by blueloosh on April 3rd, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Forgive me if for some this topic is either premature, or already worn out. For me, I like thinking about how we'll put the chess pieces on the board. Here is my expectation, formatted in terms of "fixed" positions that are likely to remain constant and "flex" positions that may or may not be on the field play-to-play based on formation or scheme.

7 fixed positions:
QB: 1. Forcier/Robinson (70/30), 2. Sheridan, 3. Feagin, Apocalypse
RB: 1. Minor, 2a. Brown/Shaw/V. Smith, 2b. Grady/Cox
LT: Ortmann
LG: Schilling
C: Molk
RG: Moosman
RT: Omameh/Dorrestein/Barnum

Remaining 4 some combination of:
WR1: 1. Matthews/Hemingway, 2. Savoy/Rogers
WR2: 1. Stonum, 2. Stokes, 3. Rogers/Roundtree
Slot (1 to 2): 1a. Odoms, 1b. T. Robinson, 3. Gallon/Stokes
FB: 1. Moundros
TE: 1. Koger, 2. Webb

9 Fixed:
DE1: Graham
DT1: Martin
DE2: Van Bergen

LB1: Mouton
LB2: Ezeh

CB: Warren
CB: Cissoko
SS: B. Smith
FS: M. Williams

Remaining 2 some combination of:
DE/LB: Evans/Herron/Watson/LaLota
DT2: Campbell/Patterson/Segasse
LB3: Fitzgerald/Demens
LB/S: S. Brown
Nickel: Woolfolk/J. Turner

**Another way of looking at D; likely front seven combinations:
3-4 -- [Graham, Martin, Van Bergen] + [Mouton, Ezeh, Fitzgerald/Demens, S. Brown]

4-3 -- [Graham, Martin, Campbell/Patterson/Segasse, Ven Bergen] + [Mouton, Ezeh, Fitz/Demens/Brown]


Just for kicks, if we took the field tomorrow--
First play offense:
QB: Forcier
LT - RT: Ortmann, Schilling, Molk, Moosman, Dorrestein
RB: Minor
TE: Koger
WR: Matthews
WR: Stonum
Sl: Odoms

First play defense:
DE: Graham
DT: Martin
DE: Van Bergen
OLB: Mouton
MLB: Ezeh
OLB: Fitzgerald
S/LB: S. Brown
CB: Warren
SS: B. Smith
FS: M. Williams
CB: Cissoko



April 3rd, 2009 at 12:44 PM ^

I think if they played tomorrow that Matthews and Hemmingway would start. I think Stonum is the top back-up at outside WR.

What is impossible to predict is KR and PR.


April 3rd, 2009 at 1:43 PM ^

I'm going out for kicker/punter in the fall. Run the 40 in 5 seconds even. 6"1 173 lbs. 23 years old with no years of wasted eligibility...Think I got a shot?


April 3rd, 2009 at 3:26 PM ^

Every single one of my preseason predections was shot down with the previous posts. Vlad, Woolfolk, Huyge starting? Stonum, Omameh not? ...Wild. I think the one thing that seems to be sure coming out of spring ball is that there is legitimate competition at nearly every position. Personally, I think this is a fantastic development. No worries Michigan fans, we're coming back this year.


April 3rd, 2009 at 3:46 PM ^

I really want to see what this Apocalypse kid has to bring to the table. I think he can make it and brimstone, that is.


April 3rd, 2009 at 6:03 PM ^

Who's going to kick? Gibbons? Wright(Hope not.) or someone else? Kind of seems like we won't really know until right before the season.. Just wondering what everyone was thinking about it.


April 3rd, 2009 at 10:33 PM ^

Omameh is in my calc class so I talk with him every couple of days. He's pretty humble but from what I can tell he's got a bit of confidence about starting. I hope he does because he's a nice kid who is really smart.