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20May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #101 Dane Drobocky

Dane Drobocky (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Dane Drobocky
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 234 lbs.
High school: Bowling Green (KY) Bowling Green
Position: Defensive end
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #37
Last year: I did not rank Drobocky. He did not see game action.

Drobocky has not played during his first two seasons on campus, but he did win Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week for the preparation week leading up to the Minnesota game last season. When he came out of high school, I thought he would be a tight end, but Michigan has plenty of those. Drobocky is also unlikely to see the field as a defensive end this season, unless a game gets out of hand. There’s something to be said for being a scout team player of the week, and Drobocky’s also the type who could help out a little bit on the punt or punt return unit.

Prediction: Backup defensive end, special teamer

19May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #102 Jess Speight

Jess Speight

Name: Jess Speight
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 289 lbs.
High school: Richmond (VA) Collegiate
Position: Center
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #67
Last year: I did not rank Speight. He redshirted.

Speight, who is the brother of former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight, is the rare walk-on offensive lineman who actually got me excited a little bit. He has some decent talent and quickness, though he’s probably a little bit light still if the 289 lbs. on the roster is accurate. There’s also the problem of sophomore super-recruit and center Cesar Ruiz, who some have labeled already as Michigan’s best lineman, and who plays the same position as Jess Speight. I wouldn’t put it outside the realm of possibility for Speight to become Michigan’s starting center if he sticks around long enough, but that will probably have to be after Ruiz moves on to the NFL in a few years. For now Michigan also has the option of Stephen Spanellis, who has practiced at center and played there in the bowl game against South Carolina. Speight’s time won’t come this year, but he’s one to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Prediction: Backup offensive lineman

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