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Post Spring Depth Chart Monday, April 07, 2014 11:08 AM (permalink)
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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.
 
Go Blue!!
 

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