Brady Hoke enters his fourth season with a roster finally stocked with his own recruits. Looking to erase last season’s 7-6 finish, Hoke can eagerly expect a defense that is deep, talented and about to get better with the addition of top recruit Jabrill Peppers.
The offense is another story—graduation has taken a heavy toll, and key players need to be replaced as Doug Nussmeier looks to install his new system.
The murmurs of discontent that began during Brady Hoke’s second campaign turned into cries of frustration as Michigan slid to a 7-6 finish last season. Hoke shook things up in the offseason—jettisoning offensive coordinator Al Borges for Doug Nussmeier and shuffling his defensive coaches.
To say that the Michigan offensive line struggled last season would be a massive understatement.
However, the position group, which faced constant shuffling because of poor play and injuries, did have one bright spot: offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.
Brady Hoke now needs to replace Lewan while hoping that the interior of the offensive line drastically improves from last season. After last season’s poor play, every position is up for grabs, but the following players are the top candidates to replace Lewan.