February 19th, 2019 at 12:14 PM ^

I shouldn't do this, putting my hopes into a freshman, but I think Charbonnet looks fantastic. For high school running back tape, I love to see players make moves through traffic.  Shows off vision, balance, cuts, everything you need to be a great back.  Obviously he has great speed too. 

I hated Green's high school tape, because most of his tapes were a big guy beating high schoolers to the corner. Charbonnet's highlights look like he's hitting the A and B gap a lot, and then making adjustments in the hole to avoid direct hits.  I'm really hoping this translates over and he becomes on of those top backs Michigan was cranking out in the 90s.  (or big Mike Hart, I'd take that as well, don't want to be picky).


February 18th, 2019 at 4:45 PM ^

Defense: Luiji Vilain. If he can get healthy that adds a huge asset to our thin D-Line which lacks a bonafide pass rusher.

On offense: Christian Turner. Charbonnet looks promising, but we need another guy to be able to carry the load a bit and I think Turner is the guy.

 Would like to see one of the backups at CB shine a bit. 


February 19th, 2019 at 10:40 AM ^

He's the same size as Chase Winovich, who was also a psychopath of blood crushing proportions that played tight end and fullback before finding a home at Defensive End. Not saying he'll be a star defensive end, but he's listed at 6'3, 256, which can be a decent enough size at end provided he's got the strength and balance.


February 18th, 2019 at 8:01 PM ^

If Ben VanSumeren is exclusively on defense and the fullback position is being de-emphasized, then would it make sense for the coaches to find a position for Ben Mason on defense also, especially if Luigi Vilain hasn't been able to fully recover from his injuries? Would it be too late to let try to have Ben Mason get extensive work in as an edge rusher or a middle linebacker during this off-season?


February 19th, 2019 at 9:51 AM ^

This is a fallacy, in general. In defending today's offenses having a 400 pound run-stuffing DT is of less value than having a quicker relentless defender who can shoot the gaps and create havoc in the backfield. Mason already carries 260 very well. He may not be a 3rd and short DT but here he could move to MLB. On the offensive side he could still be the 3rd and short FB. 

The interesting thing in this thread is that, on the one hand, there is all this hand-wringing about depth issues yet all kinds of possibilities are being offered/acknowledged. Only 11 guys can be on the field at the same time...there are excellent options everywhere...some very good players are going to have to wait their turn!

Coaches coaching well and making the correct personnel decisions is going to be very critical this year...not that it isn't every year. But if they figure this thing out they may well realize that ESPN #5 pre-season ranking-and beyond. Regardless, it is going to be an interesting year.


February 18th, 2019 at 5:36 PM ^

I had this conversation the other day. It would be easy for Harbaugh to name Shea the starter and be done with it, but to my eye, this seems like the closest 1-2 QB competition Harbaugh's had since he's been here. Do you think Dylan has a good chance to overtake Shea?


February 18th, 2019 at 5:38 PM ^

I thought Harbaugh said on the podcast that the game and fan fest would take place on the 6th of April? Can't wait to see the SpeedinSpace we have been hearing about. Think we will see a little of it... Go Blue!!!!

****Sorry just saw the update of the game on the 13th....practice will take place on the 6th


February 18th, 2019 at 8:53 PM ^

Seriously? 3 PM was perfect for weather & travel to & from West MI. Bummer. We’ll prob still go but crap... 3 PM would have been much better. 


February 19th, 2019 at 9:59 AM ^

Our plan is to drive in from Kansas for the festivities...with fourth grade super-fan, who has never been in the Big House, in tow. We have a family event in Northern Indiana on Sunday...the 3PM time would suit us better...we can make 5PM work :)