2017 Season Countdown: #22 David Long, Jr.

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12Aug 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #22 David Long, Jr.

David Long (image via Twitter)

Name: David Long, Jr.
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 187 lbs.
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Loyola
Position: Cornerback
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #22
Last year: I ranked Long #49 and said he would be a backup cornerback. He played in four games.
TTB Rating: 92

Long entered 2016 with a fair amount of hype, and he played early like many expected. However, he didn’t make any flash plays, and he didn’t play for long. Due to an undisclosed injury, he sat out after four games, presumably preserving his redshirt. The early word was that he was ahead of Lavert Hill, but that situation may have changed since then.

Hill continued to play throughout the season, and the coaching staff seems to think he’s the most talented corner on the roster. The coaches also implied that both Hill and Long need to toughen up and play through the bumps and bruises that come along with playing high-level football. There’s a four-way battle for the starting cornerback jobs between Long, Hill, Keith Washington, and Brandon Watson. I don’t think Long is going to win that battle, but considering his talent and early experience from last season, he should be a key backup on the outside. Michigan has some highly ranked recruits and a couple lower-rated guys who have developed nicely, so it will be interesting to see how the cornerback spots all shake out through the season.

Prediction: Backup cornerback

11Aug 2017
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U.S. Army All-American Bowl Participants: Michigan

Donovan Peoples-Jones

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a comprehensive list of Michigan’s commitments who were selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

2018
Emil Ekiyor, OG – Indianapolis, IN**
Aidan Hutchinson, DE – Dearborn, MI**
Jalen Mayfield, OT – Grand Rapids, MI**
Cameron McGrone, LB – Indianapolis, IN**

2017
Tarik Black, WR – Cheshire, CT
Chuck Filiaga, OT – Aledo, TX
Deron Irving-Bey, DE – Flint, MI
Dylan McCaffrey, QB – Littleton, CO
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR – Detroit, MI
Aubrey Solomon, DT – Leesburg, GA
Ambry Thomas, CB – Detroit, MI

2016
Devin Asiasi, TE – Concord, CA
Dylan Crawford, WR – Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Lavert Hill, CB – Detroit, MI
David Long Jr., CB – Los Angeles, CA
Michael Onwenu, OG – Detroit, MI
Brandon Peters, QB – Avon, IN

2015
None

2014
Mason Cole, OG – Tarpon Springs, FL

Hit the jump for the rest of the U.S. Army Bowl participants to play for Michigan since 2001.
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11Aug 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #23 Michael Dwumfour

Michael Dwumfour (image via Scout)

Name: Michael Dwumfour
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 300 lbs.
High school: Wayne (NJ) DePaul Catholic
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Sophomore
Jersey number: #50
Last year: I ranked Dwumfour #97 and said he would redshirt. He played in two games, making 2 tackles and 1 tackle for loss.
TTB Rating: 69

Dwumfour entered college in 2016 looking like he needed to reshape his body a little bit and add some weight. He was listed at 286 lbs., which is on the lighter side for a defensive tackle, but he was a little soft in the middle. The coaching staff liked him enough to play him early, but he didn’t see any time beyond the Penn State game in late September.

Now Dwumfour has shot up the charts – at least the countdown chart – because of the dearth of defensive tackles. Starters Maurice Hurst, Jr. and Bryan Mone look to be solid to very good, but after that, Michigan is counting on Dwumfour and freshman Aubrey Solomon, among others, to contribute. Dwumfour missed a big chunk of the spring with shoulder problems, enough that the coaching staff bumped weakside end Ron Johnson all the way down to 3-tech. Johnson is back to playing end, but the Wolverines need Dwumfour healthy to eat some snaps at a physically demanding position. He has earned some hype for his performance when healthy, but as the undersized Hurst’s primary backup, Michigan could have some serious depth issues if they start to get dinged up inside.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

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