Heading into the first game week of the 2014 season, Michigan football released their first official depth chart today, giving us a look at the team they will throw out there on Saturday afternoon against Appalachian State.
The full depth chart can be found after the jump.
This is not completely different that what we have already heard coming out of fall camp, but there are a few surprises. With that being said, take any depth charts with a grain of salt, as they still have a week of practice and preparation ahead of them, but let’s take a look at what stands out the most.
Green is listed at the starting tailback spot and looks like he has the upper hand in this position battle right now. All of the backs will play, but he was the most impressive on the field during the scrimmage a week or so ago.
The Offensive Line
The five guys listed above hopefully will get a chance to gel and avoid the revolving door that occurred last season with this position group. True freshman Mason Cole will be the starting left tackle with sophomore Erik Magnusson at left guard, junior Jack Miller at center, Joey Burzynski at right guard and Ben Braden at right tackle. It’s possible Kyle Bosch or Kyle Kalis could slide in at right guard, but going into this week this is your starting five.
They likely will be able to handle things just fine this week against a weaker opponent but we will see if this group has improved much in the coming weeks.
Glasgow is a starter opposite Willie Henry at defensive tackle as of now, with freshman Bryan Mone and junior Ondre Pipkins right behind him. I am not quite sure what to make of this one yet, but with Mone still being new to the program and Pipkins still coming off injury, we will see how this shakes out. Michigan is going to rotate their defensive lineman so the term “starter” should be used loosely.
This might be the deepest position group on the entire roster, but the three starters at linebacker are Joe Bolden, Jake Ryan and Royce Jenkins-Stone. Greg Mattison will be rotating his linebackers, as well, but it is a bit of surprise to see Desmond Morgan and James Ross not in the top group, seeing as they have started most of the games the last few years. There does not appear to be a bad option on this depth chart, though.
Blake Countess is back in the top group at cornerback, but who will start on the other side of him is still to be determined. Raymon Taylor is listed as the second corner, but it appears he is still locked in a battle with Jourdan Lewis, who has had a fantastic off-season and may have had the best camp of any corner. Jabrill Peppers looks to be locked in at the nickel spot, along with handling punt returns.
The two starters at safety as of today are Jarrod Wilson and Jeremy Clark, who is currently spelling the injured Delano Hill.