Michigan Depth Chart for Central Michigan released

Submitted by a2_electricboogaloo on August 26th, 2013 at 11:28 AM

From the Official Umich Twitter:

Michigan Depth Chart vs. Central Michigan: pic.twitter.com/YV5ZBx03Yd

— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) August 26, 2013


A few takeaways from this are:

  • Miller will likely start at center
  • Drake Johnson is the #2 back, while Green is #5 and Smith is #6.  However, it does have a big "OR" next to it, which makes me think that it doesn't mean much.
  • Jarrod Wilson is the starting FS
  • Oh, apparently Jeremy Clark weighs 305 pounds. 
  • Shallman is listed as a FB
  • Avery is injured
  • Gardner is not listed as our number one WR, but rather as a QB.  Sorry Space Coyote.



August 26th, 2013 at 12:18 PM ^

I'm just assuming (possibly incorrectly) that all of the true freshman listed on the depth chart are going to play. They might only play on special teams, but I think they will play; otherwise why not just list every scholarship player somewhere on the chart?


August 26th, 2013 at 12:05 PM ^

I wouldn't get to worked up about any of this...  it's going to change based on matchups, injuries and game performance.  It's fun to look at and speculate about but I think (especially early in the season) these are as much about motivation as they are legitimate rankings of ability.  We're still young in a lot of areas but the depth and overall talent level is much better than anything we've seen in recent years and it's really exciting to envision what this team will become.

Billy Ray Valentine

August 26th, 2013 at 12:16 PM ^

The '97 team (arguably the most dominant Michigan defense of the modern era), even with Woodson and Andre Weathers as starters, ended up using two true freshman DBs as backups.  James Whitley and William Peterson, who later changed his named to Will James, started the season on the two-deep.  Both played quite a bit that year.


Let's hope Stribling and Lewis have great careers at Michigan, regardless of whether they make meaningful contributions this year.  Unfortunately, neither Whitley nor Peterson graduated from Michigan, as they both left early for various reasons.


August 26th, 2013 at 12:54 PM ^

Yes we are.  Last year it will be an issue.  Next year Chesson should be a starter.... Darboh comes back, all 3 freshman this year which look to be redshirted will be next year's Darboh/Chesson and one would think Drake Harris would make a serious push for (some) playing time as a true freshman.  Harris also is joined by 2 WRs in that class who will redshirt. It will be a very young WR corps...but a whole lot of them.  As for this year...well yep.


August 26th, 2013 at 12:55 PM ^

is not that much of a surprise, is he?  I thought he would be #2 just because the coaches always speak quite highly of him quite consistently which I cannot say for the other Rbs except for Hayes who was destined to be a 3rd down RB. I know we didn't hear too much about him lately but the same can be said for Glasgow over Braden at LG,. The coaches love to keep things very close to the vest but it is hard to contain some leaks and Johnson being high on the chart makes sense if you look at his knowledge (being in the system), ability, spring, size, etc..

Drake Johnson will now prove he's a baller.


August 26th, 2013 at 3:05 PM ^

I can't wait to get to Ann Arbor and add 20lbs when I visit. Plus many people pointed out that he weighed 230-240 in HS, they just listed him at 220lbs. Carlos Hyde is a 240lber, not worried about him, he will get playing time and move up.


August 26th, 2013 at 1:25 PM ^

I don't know what the doom and gloom is all about. Personally I feel like this is as solid of a depth chart on paper as we've had since before the Never Forget season. Proven starters, including all B1G caliber guys at QB, RB, CB1 and 2, LT, RT, SS, DT, NT, FB, WR1, Slot, TE, MLB, WLB, and to a lesser extent DE and SLB. We've got some unproven, yet hyped guys at RG and Nickel. Center, LG, WR2 and FS are the only spots where someone need to step up, but there's no real reason to feel the guys penciled in can't hack it. 4 question marks out of 22 ain't too bad.

Show me a depth chart for any other school outside of the Alabamas of the world that doesn't have the same or more question marks. This is college football where you get 4 years and you're forced to move on. On average a quarter of the roster is gone every year. New guys and unknowns stepping up is the norm, not the exception.


August 26th, 2013 at 1:29 PM ^

Gotta love the Drake.

I think too many posters were just focusing on his star rating out of high school, which could have been a function of his not doing the camp circuit more than anything else.  Given his size and speed (not just fake 40 times, but proven in his track exploits), as well as his highschool football stats, he really should have been rated higher by the recruiting services coming out of high school.


August 26th, 2013 at 3:14 PM ^

I hope to see Drake Johnson make an impact this year.  Supposedly he is really good at pushing the pile in the 3rd and short situations and he also is the fastest back we have.


August 26th, 2013 at 5:28 PM ^

Glasgow over Henry is a bit suprising isn't it? Henry always seems to beast in highlights and in the spring game and the other players on the team always seem to talk about how impossibly quick and strong he is and bring him up as the next break out player. Glasgow I don't even remember hearing anything about him till a couple weeks ago.

Mr. Yost

August 26th, 2013 at 7:59 PM ^

Drake Johnson looked to be the backup for awhile, in fact, I had this exact offensive depth chart when Darboh went down minus Bryant/Glasgow. I had Glasgow and Henry switched on defense, McCray and SLB and Gedeon at MLB.