BiSB

February 7th, 2014 at 10:13 PM ^

Taco has the kind of frame where he could slide down if he put on some weight. It wouldn't be terribly surprising to see him play snaps at either WDE or SDE, or both.

Magnus

February 7th, 2014 at 10:19 PM ^

Yeah, the fact that he was about 269 as a freshman indicates that he'll be plenty heavy enough to play SDE, but he's athletic enough to still flip to the weakside if necessary. He should instantly be our most athletic SDE if true.

MGoStrength

February 8th, 2014 at 9:32 AM ^

Is it just me Magnus or did you argue with me last summer that he was not an SDE when I argued for us to move him there?  Maybe it was someone else...or at least others too, but I recall you giving me some flack for thinking this last year saying he wasn't strong enough to hold down doubles and stand up to run blocking.  You thought he was more of a fast-twitch, explosive pass rusher off the edge and more suited for LDE.  No biggie...but I've always thought SDE was his eventually landing spot.  Although I'm still hopeful Wormley can hold down the SDE spot too.

Magnus

February 8th, 2014 at 10:52 AM ^

I'm not sure. I certainly didn't think he was capable of playing SDE as a freshman, because the technique wasn't there. Here's what I said on my commitment post:

I imagine he will likely start out at weakside end at Michigan, but he could very well grow into a strongside end by the time his career is over.

http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2012/02/taco-charlton-wolverine.html

getsome

February 7th, 2014 at 10:40 PM ^

agreed.  desparately need disruptive athletes on DL especially playmakers outside.  mattison has just gotten by with some marginal athletes relying on them to maintain gap and scheme integrity while not making many plays....the sooner that changes to big sudden athletes the better

UMxWolverines

February 7th, 2014 at 11:10 PM ^

I don't remember him ever being a tight end...and he sure didn't show up enough last year for all the hype he got pre season. I don't care if he was a 3 star. I'm so sick of everyone on this blog focusing on stars. If a guy is a 5 star and doesn't live up to his hype it's ''well not all 5 stars pan out'' but if a 3 star doesn't do that much people say ''well he was a 3 star anyway''. It really doesn't work that way. 

cstalionsuofm

February 7th, 2014 at 10:59 PM ^

Oh, I'm sorry. Gradual improvements? A 210-lb Tight End/ DB to a 275-lb Defensive End. Pretty gradual I would say.

Game against Penn State:

2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, a touchdown, 3 Tackles for Loss. That game alone is pretty impressive, but 5 sacks and 12 TFL is a little more than a gradual improvement to say the least. The man will probably be a captain next year.