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Yes, athletically and specimen wise, This would be the most "exciting" explosive look at DE. I understand why people would want it to be this way. Personally if everything aligned right and these guys played to their true potential this is how I would want it too. I have a good feeling about Mario, and would like to see Clark make a big leap this year.
Thing about Mario is this. I had that same good feeling about Clark when he was in his position two years ago. I think a lot of people did. I was personally expecting pretty good things from Clark last year. That never really happened. Could Mario be last years Clark?
Remember S. Carolina's 'Rabbit' pass rush formation? I would like this.
Alright guys, somebody lay out the interior Oline projected starters at this juncture. Also include the guys who will be battling for these three positions.
Yes I do. The great thing about having Mattison as a D Cordinator, along with our Dline depth means that we will get to see something along these lines as well next year. On one side of the coin I really want a guy or two to really emerge as a true stud along our dline, while on the other side of the coin it's exciting how many solid players we have in the front four who bring different plus attributes to their game.
In my NCAA '13, Gardner went pro after the 2012 season, despite having never started a game.
Frank Clark was and still is a pretty raw prospect, especially coming out of Cleveland Glenville. Mario is way ahead of him(if you compare them at the same stage) in hand usage, fundamentals/technique and leverage IMO. Those are some important traits for a successful DE, especially for an undersized DE like Mario
This post was edited by Jbolin9992 13 months ago
A couple points:
1. Are we 100% sure Taco will play this year and not redshirt? Seems like our depth from the previous two DE classes should allow that.
2. Jehu or Amara MUST step up on the outside.
3. Intrigued to see how Kalis does.
The interior line play wasn't all American, but it wasn't abysmal in my eyes. Denard is a special talent yes but you still need holes to run through. He got holes both at QB and at RB during the bowl game. That tells me that you get a special talent back there, the run game will be successful. Kalis is an upgrade in my eyes, the two guys replacing Barnum and Eliot M can't do any worse, and are likely upgrades too. Then you bring in a guy like green and we may have a productive run game. All of this remains to be seen but I'm not as concerned because I saw denard run through holes.
CB you are right that we have ? marks. But that goes to my point about d line. We get pressure on the cb, the corners don't have to carry as much on their shoulders
Picture of Pipkins if anyone is interested. Has definitely shedded most of the bad weight from the Army Game when he was close to 350. Down to 312 currently. He is going to be a beast...
Yes he will be. The most important thing about Pippy's game outside of his athletic ability is he has the want and the hustle. Rarely do guys that hustle as hard as he does with his tools fail to be something.
Wow... Looks like the Campbell tranformation... PeeWee is going to be a handful... Glad he is a Wolverine.
Our dline classes were mostly on the strong side, Mario was the only weak side from the '12 class; and taco the only one from '13. our depth at weak side isn't as great as it appears. Clark and beyer is playing weakside now, You need length and athleticism at the weak side and im not convinced beyer is that but taco fits that. He has the physical size to play now, question is he strong enough.
Agree on Beyer.
Taco Charlton @thekidTC33
I'm up to 266 like I really might be around 275 by football season
Now weight doesn't always mean strength, but I think we could make a safe assumption that he is getting stronger with those kind of weight gains.
OG: Kyle Kalis --- the only one that's pretty close to a lock
C: Jack Miller/Blake Bars/Patrick Kugler --- technique-wise, Kugler is probably the most sound, but he won't arrive until fall and will probably RS. That makes it between Miller and Bars IMO, with walk-on Joey Burzynski possibly battling it out as well. I think Bars has a good chance to win it.
OG: Chris Bryant/Ben Braden/Erik Magnuson/Kyle Bosch --- Bryant has the age and the size, but his injury could still be a problem. Braden and Magnuson are both better suited for OT, but might be our fifth best OL and we would want to get them on the field. Bosch is the wildcard. He already is college-sized, and the reports from his EE have been extremely positive. Chances are that he makes the two deep at the very least, and could contend for a starting job sooner rather than later. My bet is on Bryant if his injury is no issue and Braden otherwise.
Also, this is assuming that Mike Schofield stays at RT. He could slide back inside if the coaches want Braden as RT, in which case Kalis and Schofield would be our OGs.
Whoever is the best run blocker out of our OG's should be put next to Lewan that way we at least have a fighting chance to run downhill on one side of the line. IMO, I think Kalis steps up big this year and shows everyone why he was so highly rated. I really want Kugler to win the Center spot but don't know if it'll happen, I just want him to become Molkish.
"Those Who Stay...Will be Champions"
Yup, which is where Michigan needs to improve most defensively. It's been a weak spot for quite some time now.
I forget where I saw it, but I'm pretty sure the coaches have said that they aren't going to shuffle Schofield around anymore. He got comfortable at RT last year and they want to leave him there. Makes sense, since we've got plenty of other interior options, and if they're comfortable with Braden playing RG, might as well get our future RT some work.
EDIT: Personally, I'm a fan of this mindset. Keep the senior bookend tackles, let the young guys get work in the interior.
EDIT 2: Just remembered, I talked to Schofield's brother on reddit, and he told me it's highly unlikely Mike gets shifted around again this year.
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There was a recent of him benching a LOT
Taco will be a monster. It took Clark 3 years to get up to that weight, and Taco will be coming in that big and strong as a freshman. Love it.
I didnt think schofield played up to his capabilities.
That would be great. Shut up all the haters.
Looking at this break down, I'm fairly confident with what we have at G. Seems like whoever emerges at RG will be solid. Now I'm going to be watching the center position very closely this spring. They should be tested quite well in the spring game and I'm a little bit concerned about center on this team next year.
Spring game format going to have the ones vs the ones? Or are they going to have captains picking teams? I'm hoping we get to see the ones go at it.
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