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Post Spring Depth Chart - Monday, April 07, 2014 11:08 AM
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http://www.mlive.com/wolv...h_chart_how_the_w.html
 
OFFENSE
Quarterback 
1. Devin Gardner (senior)
2. Shane Morris (soph.)
3. Wilton Speight (freshman)
4. Russell Bellomy (junior)
Note: Gardner and Morris are still competing, per Brady Hoke. But Gardner was clearly with the No. 1 offense far more often Saturday and appears to be in control at this position.
 
Running back
1. De'Veon Smith (soph.)
2. Derrick Green (soph.)
3. Justice Hayes (senior)
4. Ross Douglas (r-fresh.)
Note: Hoke said all spring that Green and Smith were basically splitting carries with the first-team offense in first and second down situations. Saturday, though, Smith worked with the first unit first -- and was in there more often than the other two backs were. That said, not much to read into here. It's going to be a combination of Smith and Green, with Hayes running in third down situations.
 
Fullback
1. Sione Houma (junior)
1. Joe Kerridge (junior
Note: Michigan really didn't use the fullback often. And these guys basically seemed interchangeable when they were out there. Wyatt Shallman repped at fullback this spring, but warmed up and spent time with the tight ends and as an H-back more than anything Saturday.
 
H-back
1. Wyatt Shallman (r-fresh.)
2. Khalid Hill (r-fresh.)
Note: Again, we didn't see much of this in the spring game. But this wrinkle does exist in the offense and we'll probably see much more of it during real game situations.
 
Tight end
1. A.J. Williams (junior)
2. Keith Heitzman junior)
3. Khalid Hill (r-fresh)
Note: Almost all of the first-team reps went to Williams and Heitzman on Saturday. Williams was out first in single tight end sets. Though both were on the field together a handful of times in double tight situations. At this point, Williams and Heitzman appear to have some distance between themselves and everyone else here.
 
Wide receiver
1. Devin Funchess (junior)
2. Jehu Chesson (soph.)
Note: No shockers here, Funchess is the clear No. 1 option on the team and basically only repped with the first-team offense. Chesson, meanwhile, mixed in and out, but mainly worked with the second unit.
 
Wide receiver
1. Freddy Canteen (freshman)
2. Da'Mario Jones (r-fresh.)
Note: Canteen ended spring practice as a legit No. 1 outside wide receiver on the depth chart. No question about it. If he can add some weight to his 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame, he could be a difference maker. Jones joined Funchess, Canteen and Chesson in the team's top four. Of note, both Amara Darboh and Drake Harris sat out the spring game with injuries.
 
Slot
1. Dennis Norfleet (junior)
Note: When Michigan wanted to run three wide sets, with the first team, it was almost always exclusively Norfleet in the slot. Though Canteen can also play here as well, and appears to be pretty solid at it.
 
Left tackle
1. Mason Cole (freshman)
2. Logan Tuley-Tillman (r-fresh.)
Note: Erik Magnuson (shoulder) will likely be the starter when fall camp begins, and Chris Fox will probably rep here also. But Cole was on the field almost all afternoon, at both tackle spots.
 
Left guard
1. Kyle Bosch (soph.)
2. David Dawson (r-fresh)
3. Graham Glasgow (junior)
 
Center
1. Jack Miller (junior
2. Ben Pliska (soph.)
3. Patrick Kugler (r-fresh.)
Note: We know Glasgow can play here, but he really didn't rep much at center during the spring game itself. Not sure if this had to do with his in-spring suspension, or if these other three just gave better looks at center this spring.
 
Right guard
1. Kyle Kalis (soph.)
2. Patrick Kugler (r-fresh.)
3. Dan Samuelson (r-fresh)
 
Right tackle
1. Ben Braden (soph.)
2. Graham Glasgow (junior)
3. Blake Bars (r-fresh)
Note: So, basically, Glasgow can play three positions on this offensive line. He wasn't a starter at any point Saturday, but once his suspension is over in August, I think I'd be surprised if he's not in the mix somewhere.
 
DEFENSE
Weak-side end
1. Frank Clark (senior)
2. Mario Ojemudia (junior)
3. Alex Mitropoulos-Rundus (junior)
 
Defensive tackle
1. Matt Godin (soph.)
2. Tom Strobel (soph.)
3. Maurice Hurst (r-fresh)
4. Chris Wormley (soph.)
Note: Here's another one of those grain of salt deals. Chris Wormley is going to play more here when the season begins. He'll probably play all over the line, actually.
 
Nose tackle
1. Ryan Glasgow (soph)
2. Bryan Mone (freshman)
3. Willie Henry (soph.)
4. Chris Wormley (soph.)
Note: Willie Henry playing with the third team? That's correct. Maybe it was a message-sender, which spring depth charts usually include. Either way, when facing the third-string offensive line, Henry was completely dominant. Also, Mone looked really good at times.
 
Strong-side end
1. Brennen Beyer
2. Taco Charlton
3. Henry Poggi
 
Weak-side linebacker
1. Joe Bolden (junior)
2. Ben Gedeon (soph.)
Note: Yep, you're reading this right. Michigan raved about Joe Bolden's solid spring all month. However, I'd be shocked if Desmond Morgan isn't starting and playing the bulk of the snaps in the opener, as he has the past three years for this defense.
 
Middle linebacker
1. Jake Ryan (senior)
2. Desmond Morgan (senior)
Note: When Ryan comes off the field, Morgan can still play inside. As can Gedeon, as can Bolden.
 
Strong-side linebacker
1. Royce Jenkins-Stone (junior)
2. James Ross (junior)
Note: Another head-turner. Maybe more of a sign that Jenkins-Stone had a really good spring and deserved to be rewarded. But, again, James Ross is one of the team's best players. He'll play a ton.
 
Cornerback
1. Ray Taylor (senior)
2. Channing Stribling (soph.)
3. Delonte Hollowell (senior)
 
Cornerback
1. Jourdan Lewis (soph.)
2. Terry Richardson (junior)
3. Reon Dawson (r-fresh)
Note: The talk of spring camp, defensively, Lewis had two picks in the spring game and really did look like the team's best corner. Countess spent a lot of time at nickel, but also played some corner. Obviously, this is all pre-Jabrill Peppers.
 
Nickel
1. Blake Countess (junior)
2. Brandon Watson (freshman)
 
Safety
1. Jarrod Wilson (junior)
2. Jeremy Clark (soph.)
 
Safety
1. Delano Hill (soph.)
2. Dymonte Thomas (soph.)
 
SPECIALISTS
Punter
1. Will Hagerup (senior)
2. Matt Wile (senior)
3. Kenny Allen (soph.)
Note: All of these guys punted quite a bit. Hagerup has the better leg, but Wile's done it all in four years.
 
Kicker
1. Matt Wile (senior)
2. J.J. McGrath (r-fresh)
Note: Michigan really didn't do much kicking, this is presumed.
 
Punt return
1. Dennis Norfleet (junior)
1. Jourdan Lewis (soph.)
Note: When Michigan was punting, these were the two guys returning them most often. Also, this is pre-Jabrill Peppers.
 
Kick return
1. Dennis Norfleet (junior)
Note: Michigan didn't run through kickoff drills, but it's pretty safe to slot Norfleet as the primary returner.
 
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Monday, April 07, 2014 11:19 AM
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I think the biggest battles heading into fall will safety opposite Wilson, both DT spots, and both OT spots.
 
This is by far the weakest D-line we've seen at Michigan over the last 2 years. We go into the year without a legit NFL prospect or a pre-season All-Big 10 selection (1st or 2nd team).
 
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Monday, April 07, 2014 11:31 AM
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I think the biggest battles heading into fall will safety opposite Wilson, both DT spots, and both OT spots.

This is by far the weakest D-line we've seen at Michigan over the last 2 years. We go into the year without a legit NFL prospect or a pre-season All-Big 10 selection (1st or 2nd team).


What's an NFL prospect?

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Monday, April 07, 2014 11:32 AM
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RJS over Ross?

Bolden over Morgan?

How is Taylor still starting at CB?

Kugler 3rd at C?

Cole, 2-3 months into his college career playing over 2nd and 3rd year program guys?

Seems like we have a bunch of 'ok' players and no real standouts who are kicking down positions and are head and shoulders above anyone else. Lots of competition is great except when no one steps up and grabs a spot.

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Monday, April 07, 2014 11:37 AM
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So, Hagerup is back on the team? Hopefully, he's learned his lesson & is ready for a stellar senior season. Also, hoping Darboh recovers in time to be ready for the fall...really think he can be a special WR, though I do like Canteen, Funchess & Jones!
 
Wonder about Peppers...will he have enough practice time to take over one of the starting CB spots? I could see either a Peppers/Lewis or Peppers/Countess combo, which would leave Raymon Taylor on the outside, but would give us our best CB tandem in years IMO!
 
Love our depth on the DL...but the proof, of course, will come once the season starts & how we perform. If the DL can hold its own, with our LBs & secondary, we could have a really solid D in 2014!
 
LOTS of work to do, over the summer, & wouldn't be surprised we see some changes in the depth chart by August!
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Monday, April 07, 2014 11:52 AM
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Bolden has more pure talent than Morgan, it was only a matter of time. I expect both Morgan and Ross will  get plenty of PT no matter what. The LBers SHOULD be the strength of the defense.
 
Taylor has plenty of talent, he was horribly coached along with the rest of the secondary. Countess to nickel is more surprising but if Lewis has stepped up someone had to move down the line.
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RJS over Ross?

Bolden over Morgan?

How is Taylor still starting at CB?

Kugler 3rd at C?

Cole, 2-3 months into his college career playing over 2nd and 3rd year program guys?

Seems like we have a bunch of 'ok' players and no real standouts who are kicking down positions and are head and shoulders above anyone else. Lots of competition is great except when no one steps up and grabs a spot.

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Monday, April 07, 2014 1:38 PM
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Fullback
1. Sione Houma (junior)
1. Joe Kerridge (junior
Note: Michigan really didn't use the fullback often. And these guys basically seemed interchangeable when they were out there. Wyatt Shallman repped at fullback this spring, but warmed up and spent time with the tight ends and as an H-back more than anything Saturday.

I ain't no Jim Harbaugh or nothing, but if your O-line can't block worth a damn and you still want to run the ball, shouldn't you have a Fullback in the game?
"We have to work harder."
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Monday, April 07, 2014 2:28 PM
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Fullback
1. Sione Houma (junior)
1. Joe Kerridge (junior
Note: Michigan really didn't use the fullback often. And these guys basically seemed interchangeable when they were out there. Wyatt Shallman repped at fullback this spring, but warmed up and spent time with the tight ends and as an H-back more than anything Saturday.

I ain't no Jim Harbaugh or nothing, but if your O-line can't block worth a damn and you still want to run the ball, shouldn't you have a Fullback in the game?

 
i'm not a coach either, but JMO, it might be better to replace the FB with a WR to reduce the box count and create more room for the RBs.  also, nussmeier doesn't really care that much for FBs, as evidenced by bama the last couple of years, with their reliance on single back formations.  then again, all this could change, because as of right now, UM is not even in the same stratosphere as bama in terms of talent/development/experience
 
 



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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Monday, April 07, 2014 5:48 PM
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We have 6 very capable LB’s…our run D ‘should’ be solid this season. And it appears the secondary is taking on its own identity of being physical and in your face aggressive. Now, it’s just a matter of getting to the QB with a few people as possible.

Lewis was ALL over the field for the spring game…dude had 2 picks, some pass break ups, got up into the run, was physical with all the WR’s, loved playing man to man and was basically on or around the ball every time it came his way. He certainly made a statement for playing time and to maybe start this fall.

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:52 AM
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also, nussmeier doesn't really care that much for FBs, as evidenced by bama the last couple of years, with their reliance on single back formations.  then again, all this could change, because as of right now, UM is not even in the same stratosphere as bama in terms of talent/development/experience

I understand all that. I was merely suggesting that if UM continues pushing a boulder up a hill everyday, they should probably wear comfortable sandals.
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:51 PM
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Is this the most talented (and deep) team Michigan has had in 8yrs?

We just need to see it translate to wins on Saturdays in the fall.

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:43 AM
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Is this the most talented (and deep) team Michigan has had in 8yrs?

We just need to see it translate to wins on Saturdays in the fall.

Go Blue!!

When we looked at things 4 years ago and projected ahead, this was suppose to be THE team that got it done. A senior QB and veteran defense is usually the recipe for having a championship contending team.
 
Now whether we actually have a championship level team at the moment is debatable. We have our senior QB but his ability to play a senior is a question mark. We have a veteran defense but how much talent and ability we truly have is a question mark (can anyone legitimately peg a 1st or 2nd round pick out of the current defense?) By the same token, while there's a ton of potential we have no clue what kind of production we're set to get out of the skill positions on offense not to mention the O-line.
 
For a team that is suppose to be competing for championships we have a lot more questions than answers. 
 
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:06 AM
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ScottsdaleBlue


Is this the most talented (and deep) team Michigan has had in 8yrs?

We just need to see it translate to wins on Saturdays in the fall.

Go Blue!!

When we looked at things 4 years ago and projected ahead, this was suppose to be THE team that got it done. A senior QB and veteran defense is usually the recipe for having a championship contending team.

Now whether we actually have a championship level team at the moment is debatable. We have our senior QB but his ability to play a senior is a question mark. We have a veteran defense but how much talent and ability we truly have is a question mark (can anyone legitimately peg a 1st or 2nd round pick out of the current defense?) By the same token, while there's a ton of potential we have no clue what kind of production we're set to get out of the skill positions on offense not to mention the O-line.

For a team that is suppose to be competing for championships we have a lot more questions than answers. 

 
That's for sure.  I almost forgot that we were all saying '14 would be the year.  Frankly, I don't see this team being much better than last year.  

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:02 AM
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Couldn’t agree more…when Hoke stepped in, we looked directly at the 4-5 year mark as the time we’d be competing for a championship. That was also under the assumption the highly rated recruiting classes would be developed. That simply hasn’t happened. So, I do feel as if there is some talent somewhere in the mix of players…it’s just not being tapped into properly. That is why we sit here today with more questions than answers.

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:18 PM
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I could agree more. I hope we don't suck it up again this year, this is getting brutal! I can't watch another week after week UConn/Akron /PSU performance again this year, j just can't.......ok , I can.......

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:06 PM
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Every scholarship player on team 135 signed a LOI to play for Hoke, except 3 guys…this just adds to the importance of next season for him, no more excuses of ‘not having his guys’…

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:18 PM
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Did the count today including the 2014 class:
41-offense
39-defense
3-special teams
Depth and talent at every spot. No excuse not to win this year. 
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:41 PM
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I don’t know…I’m just regurgitating useless information I read today working out,...haha

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:52 PM
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I'm not going to be negative-Nancy about everything regarding the team like a lot of posters on here, but I am also done making excuses for Hoke and Co. Kind of had a realization today looking at the roster and I kept looking back through it and finally said, "What in the world is the issue here?" The talent is there, the depth is there, the Big Ten is as weak as it's ever been (although I think it is back on the rise with OSU, PSU, MSU, Wiscy, and Michigan all looking good moving forward). In my eyes, there is just no reason we shouldn't be winning with this roster this year. 
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:16 PM
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You’re 100% correct…absolutely NO reason this team can’t win 10 games next year and make a legit run at a big 10 championship…zero.

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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:33 PM
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Well I can think of some reasons why it may not happen but there are NO legit excuses for the Wolverines not winning 10 games and competing for the Big 10. Sure it sucks to play ND, Sparty, and Ohio State all on the road but that's no excuse for not winning 10 games.

3 tough road games is actually not that many in the grand scheme of things.
 
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Friday, April 18, 2014 8:04 AM
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The schedule thing is never a good excuse for me. Sure, it's a lot easier to run the table with a schedule setting up nicely like FSU had last year, but they played some tough road games as well. In fact, every team in the country has a few tough road games every year. 
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Re:Post Spring Depth Chart - Friday, April 18, 2014 12:02 PM
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I don't have a problem losing 3 games IF we are damn competitive with them! We having been competitive in years.