Ex-Wolverine Updates: 2018 Pre-Season

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22Jun 2018
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: 2018 Pre-Season

Vic Viramontes is going to row the boat…at Riverside City College (image via Twin Cities)

TRANSFERS

Devin Asiasi, TE (UCLA): Asiasi sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules. From what I can gather, he’s pegged to be the #2 tight end this season.

Ian Bunting, TE (California): Bunting will be a fifth year senior at Cal this fall.

Brian Cole, S (Mississippi State): Cole is listed as a 6’2″, 210 lb. redshirt junior safety at Mississippi State and is projected to be the Bulldogs’ starting nickel player. He spent last season at East Mississippi Community College.

Kekoa Crawford, WR: Crawford will transfer, though his destination is unknown.

Kingston Davis, RB (UAB): Davis is a 6’0″, 245 lb. running back at UAB after spending last season at Independence Community College in Kansas. He looks to be one of the featured players on the upcoming season of Last Chance U on Netflix.

Ja’Raymond Hall, OG (Central Michigan): Hall announced that he would transfer to Central Michigan in the off-season, which means he will have to sit out 2018 due to NCAA transfer rules.

Elysee Mbem-Bosse, LB: It’s unknown at this point whether Mbem-Bosse will continue his football career.

Kareem Walker, RB: Walker will transfer, though his destination is unknown.

Keith Washington, CB (West Virginia): Washington, who played this past season at Co-Lin, has transferred to West Virginia, where he’s listed as a 6’0″, 173 lb. redshirt junior cornerback.

Maurice Ways, WR (California): Ways will be a fifth year senior at Cal this fall.

Hit the jump for news on former commitments and coaches.

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11Dec 2017
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Who might not return on defense in 2018?

Bryan Mone and Chase Winovich (image via iSportsWeb)

I addressed potential offensive attrition last week (LINK), and here’s the defensive edition. As I mentioned in that previous post, this is about the depth chart and opportunity for playing time; these posts are not about rumors or talent judgments.

DEFENSIVE LINE: First of all, it’s important to note that there are few places in the country where defensive linemen get better coaching than Michigan. If you want to be good and have the ability, Michigan gives you as good of a chance as anyone. It’s not like Alabama or Clemson, where elite recruits simply continue to be elite. It’s a place where walk-ons (Ryan Glasgow) and lowly 3-stars (Frank Clark, Maurice Hurst) can be turned into high draft picks. But if you’re not on their level, you won’t get on the field. In that regard, there are a few guys who are buried on the depth chart. One is defensive end Reuben Jones (RS Jr.), who has been passed by younger guys, and another is Ron Johnson (RS So.), who has bounced between defensive end and defensive tackle. Both are finding it difficult to find the field. Meanwhile, interior players Lawrence Marshall (RS Sr.) and Bryan Mone (RS Sr.) have both been passed by younger guys, most notably Aubrey Solomon, a 2017 signee. Michigan rotates defensive linemen quite a bit, so there’s playing time available for both, but becoming a starter would be a tall order. Most importantly of all, there’s a chance that Chase Winovich (RS Sr.) might enter the NFL Draft.

Hit the jump for a discussion of the linebackers and defensive backs.

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20Jun 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #69 Elysee Mbem-Bosse

Elysee Mbem-Bosse (image via Scout)

Name: Elysee Mbem-Bosse
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 215 lbs.
High school: Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove
Position: Linebacker
Class: Sophomore
Jersey number: #52
Last year: I ranked Mbem-Bosse #58 and said he would be a backup linebacker. He played in 7 games.
TTB Rating: 78

Mbem-Bosse is one of those guys who magically got a lot lighter once he got to college. Listed at 232 lbs. in high school and now pegged at 215, he looked pretty small in 2016 and mainly got special teams time. Don Brown mostly rotated three guys (Ben Gedeon, Mike McCray II, and Devin Bush) at the two inside linebacker positions, and Mbem-Bosse wasn’t even in the conversation.

He still hasn’t been discussed much this spring. Brown is talking about a rotation of McCray, Bush, and walk-on Mike Wroblewski, and there’s always a chance that some of the heavily recruited freshmen jump ahead of him, too. Mbem-Bosse needs to pack on some weight before he’s a viable option at middle linebacker. With McCray and Wroblewski both graduating after the 2017 season, Mbem-Bosse likely has to wait until 2018 or beyond for a real shot at serious playing time.

Prediction: Backup linebacker, special teamer

14Jul 2016
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2016 Season Countdown: #58 Elysee Mbem-Bosse

Elysee Mbem-Bosse (image via Bleacher Report)

Name: Elysee Mbem-Bosse
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 232 lbs.
High school: Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove
Position: Linebacker
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Mbem-Bosse was a senior in high school (LINK).
Final TTB Rating: 78

Mbem-Bosse was an early Georgia lean who never got an offer from the Bulldogs. He flirted with other SEC schools, but a dogged late pursuit by new defensive coordinator Don Brown rekindled Mbem-Bosse’s interest in Michigan. He went ahead and committed in January.

At 6’3″ and 232 lbs., Mbem-Bosse might be the most physically ready linebacker in the freshman class. He is a middle linebacker, and starting MIKE Ben Gedeon is the most proven player on the inside. Michigan is going to be looking for a player who can replace Gedeon in 2017, and it’s a good idea to get experience for your linebackers. Mbem-Bosse’s fellow freshman, Devin Bush, also has a good chance to play at the WILL spot. I think there’s a chance that Mbem-Bosse redshirts, but with no clear backup to Gedeon, it seems likely that he will play this season. Sure, an injury to Mbem-Bosse may put the position in flux, but I don’t think he’s all that ready to be a prime-time contributor right now. If the defense had to reshuffle to get McCray or Noah Furbush at MIKE, I don’t think the team would be negatively affected much.

Prediction: Backup linebacker




25Jan 2016
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Elysee Mbem-Bosse, Wolverine

Elysee Mbem-Bosse

Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse committed to Michigan on Sunday night. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Oregon, among others.

Mbem-Bosse is 6’3″, 232 lbs. He claims a 4.58 forty.

RATINGS
ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #13 ILB
Rivals: 4-star, #15 ILB
Scout: 3-star, #26 ILB
247 Sports: 3-star, 86 grade, #31 ILB, #837 overall

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