“And now the victory formation, as Harbaugh’s not gunna try to score. Well what a great day for the Wolverines. Rudock gets over 3,000 yards, they win their tenth game. Quite a first year for Jim Harbaugh….10-3.”
These are the words we heard in January, as Jake Rudock took a knee to cap off an impressive 41-7 Citrus Bowl victory, and a very memorable Michigan football season. We saw a lot of great things out of team 136 and first year head coach Jim Harbaugh. For one, Michigan announced it would be switching from current sponsor Adidas, to former sponsor Nike (specifically Jordan brand). We saw the neon “maize” fade out of Michigan’s uniforms, and transition back to the true, darker maize that IS Michigan football. We saw the return of helmet stickers, smash mouth football, and yes, a ten win season. We saw a quarterback throw for 3,017 yards, which is good enough for 2nd all-time on Michigan’s single game passing yards record list. The list goes on and on of positive take aways from the 2015-2016 football season, but one of the key takeaways from last year is the fact that Michigan returns 16 starters (9 offense, 7 defense).
Coach Harbaugh had the boys in a position to win a Big Ten championship last season, and I don’t expect this season to be any different. Guys will be asked to step up and fill rolls of those who have moved on from the maize and blue, but I am confident that this squad has the depth to do so. As we prepare for the upcoming season, I am going to give you a look into some new faces that could help take Michigan to the next level. The list consists of a few incoming players as well of some guys who didn’t see much playing time in 2015.
As I head to the spring game in Ann Arbor today, these are the players I will have my eye on….and I recommend you do too:
Wilton Speight/John O’Korn/Shane Morris/Brandon Peters: QB- Who will get the start under center for team 137?
Tyrone Wheatley/Zach Gentry: TE– With Butt, Williams, and Bunting taking most of the reps for the Wolverines last year, these two HUGE weapons look to be a headache for opposing defenses.
Grant Perry/Ahmir Mitchell: WR– Michigan’s receiving core is one of the most experienced in the country, but who is next in line if the injury bug bites the Wolverines?
Mike McCray/Grant Newsome: LB/OL– With injury and inexperience behind them, these two hog mollies look to be immediate impact players this fall.
Khalid Hill/Henry Poggi: FB- With the graduation of Sione Houma and Joe Kerridge, Coach Harbaugh looks for a replacement to lead the smash mouth attack out of the backfield.
Who do you think will make an impact this year for the Wolverines? Let us know, or let me know on Twitter:@craig_tbhr or Email:firstname.lastname@example.org