Depth chart released according to Rothstein (with details)

Submitted by ish on August 29th, 2011 at 12:13 PM

According to Mike Rothstein, a depth chart was released with Roh and Heininger at DE and RVB/Martin at DT, floyd and avery an "or" at CB and Mike Jones at Will.

[edit] More: Shaw OR Toussaint at RB. Gibbons or Wile at K. Wile OR Broekhuizen at P. Gallon, Grady, Smith

**[edit/more].  full depth chart here on p. 13:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/mich/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2011-…

other notes:

- thomas gordon at free safety

- stephen hopkins listed on the depth chart (#4 RB)

- ricky barnum listed as LG (maybe injury isn't so bad?)

- countess backs up woolfolk and Brown 3rd (thought of brown more of a safety, guess i got that wrong)

- desmond morgan 4th at WILL.  Herron at 2, Hawthorne at 3

- beyer #3 at sam, behind C. Gordon and Ryan

- BWC martin's backup, QWash RVB's backup, Ash and Wilkins not listed.  Brink as Heininger's backup.  Jibreel backing up Roh.

- they only list 2 WR positions, but tay odoms is 3 behind hemingway and gallon on one of them.

- Isiah Bell LISTED on roster.  others who left (Barnett, Stokes, etc. aren't so it is pretty up t to date)

Comments

UMaD

August 29th, 2011 at 12:47 PM ^

What we've heard all summer is that the move to the 3-tech will really help Campbell because he'll see more one-on-one matchups (he's too tall to maintain leverage vs double teams)...now he's backup up Martin?

I hope that's just a notational thing in the same way that Gallon will never be used in the same way that the outside WR he backs up is.

Bodogblog

August 29th, 2011 at 1:00 PM ^

Martin/RVB/Roh have been assumed starters for a year.  Demens/Gordon

Ryan the same, and Mike Jones asserting himself is no problem for me - that's been a weak/questionable spot for a while.  The fact that Morgan is 4th is actually quite encouraging to me.

Gordon over Johnson is a bit of a surprise, but I think they're both good players. 

Heininger/Brink isn't the greatest, but WH was a serviceable run stopper 2 years ago (wasn't he? I don't remember), and he's gotten bigger since then.

AAB

August 29th, 2011 at 1:08 PM ^

in which Michigan's defense was significantly improved involved some of Michigan's highly-touted-but-yet-to-perform recruits (Washington, Campbell, Robinson) taking a big step forward.  Instead, none of them are starting, and we have a walk-on platoon at DE. 

Bodogblog

August 29th, 2011 at 2:44 PM ^

reasons for improvement:
 - Woolfolk returns
 - Avery has experience
 - Roh not playing LB 
 - Jibreel Black no longer a true freshman
 - Carvin Johnson not starting at OLB
 - Gordon beats out Johnson at FS (I thought Carvin was pretty good)
 - scheme / coaching
 - actual blitz packages
 - Cam Gordon much bigger than last year
 - Full year of Demens
 - Martin/RVB/Roh/Demens/Gordon/Kovacs/Avery/Floyd all return

Against the one negative, the loss of Mouton.  We will improve significantly
 

Bodogblog

August 29th, 2011 at 1:01 PM ^

Martin/RVB/Roh have been assumed starters for a year.  Demens/Gordon

Ryan the same, and Mike Jones asserting himself is no problem for me - that's been a weak/questionable spot for a while.  The fact that Morgan is 4th is actually quite encouraging to me.

Gordon over Johnson is a bit of a surprise, but I think they're both good players. 

Heininger/Brink isn't the greatest, but WH was a serviceable run stopper 2 years ago (wasn't he? I don't remember), and he's gotten bigger since then.

FreddieMercuryHayes

August 29th, 2011 at 12:27 PM ^

Well, let's hope our D staff can be like Nebraska's and turn these walk-ons into legitimate players. We're looking at 2 starting with a third looking to get serious PT. Really happy for all of them, but makes me a bit nervous.

colin

August 29th, 2011 at 12:37 PM ^

i feel a lot better about Heininger over Brink if only from a weight perspective.  still a walk on, but 30 lbs on the DL is a big deal.

yossarians tree

August 29th, 2011 at 1:21 PM ^

Ugghhh...I WANT to believe that good coaching and an extra year of experience will make these guys a surprise B1G contender, but...looks pretty thin in placs where it needs to be thick. This program has been leaking oil for the last six or seven years and it shows on this depth chart.

Damn, do you think Denard can win two games by himself? I actually think he can.