With Michigan about to embark on fall practice for the 2016 season, it seems to be the perfect time to jump past this season and think about a year from now.
Below is a look at how the roster could shape up in 2017. There will certainly be departures, injuries, reshuffling of positions, etc., but those things are pretty difficult to project a year ahead of time. What we do know is that the 2017 version of Michigan’s team will be vastly different than 2016. The lineup below projects there to be at least 8 new starters on offense and 8 on defense, not to mention a new punter and kicker. Those six returning starters in 2017 should be the winner of the QB battle (O’Korn/Speight), the nominal fullback (Poggi/Hill), Grant Newsome, Rashan Gary, Jabrill Peppers, and Mike McCray. And yeah, that includes Jabrill Peppers, who could very well leave for the NFL. Particularly of note would be the lack of depth and experience on the offensive and defensive lines.
Hit the jump for an early look at 2017.
QB: John ‘Korn (5th), Wilton Speight (RS Jr.), Brandon Peters (So.), Alex Malzone (RS So.), Dylan McCaffrey (Fr.)
RB: Ty Isaac (5th), Karan Higdon (Jr.), Kareem Walker (So.), Kingston Davis (So.), Chris Evans (So.), A.J. Dillon (Fr.), O’Maury Samuels (Fr.), Kurt Taylor (Fr.)
FB: Henry Poggi (5th), Khalid Hill (5th), Chase Lasater (Fr.)
WR: Maurice Ways (RS Jr.), Drake Harris (RS Jr.), Eddie McDoom (So.), Ahmir Mitchell (So.)
WR: Grant Perry (Jr.), Kekoa Crawford (So.), Nate Johnson (So.)
TE: Ian Bunting (RS Jr.), Tyrone Wheatley (RS So.), Devin Asiasi (So.), Zach Gentry (RS So.), Sean McKeon (So.), Nick Eubanks (So.), Carter Dunaway (Fr.)
LT: Grant Newsome (Jr.), Ja’Raymond Hall (Fr.), Kai-Leon Herbert (Fr.), Joel Honigford (Fr.)
LG: David Dawson (5th), Ben Bredeson (So.)
C: Mason Cole (Sr.), Patrick Kugler (5th), Michael Onwenu (So.)
RG: Jon Runyan (RS So.), Stephen Spanellis (So.)
RT: Nolan Ulizio (RS So.), Juwann Bushell-Beatty (RS Jr.), Andrew Stueber (Fr.)
SDE: Rashan Gary (So.), Lawrence Marshall (RS Jr.)
DT: Maurice Hurst (5th), Phillip Paea (Fr.)
NT: Bryan Mone (RS Jr.), Michael Dwumfour (RS Fr.), Aubrey Solomon (Fr.)
WDE: Chase Winovich (RS Jr.), Shelton Johnson (RS So.), Ron Johnson (So.), Corey Malone-Hatcher (Fr.), Luiji Vilain (Fr.)
SAM: Jabrill Peppers (RS Jr.), Noah Furbush (RS Jr.), Joshua Uche (So.), Wyatt Shallman (5th)
MIKE: Mike McCray (5th), Reuben Jones (RS So.), Elysee Mbem-Bosse (So.), Carlo Kemp (So.), Ben Mason (Fr.)
WILL: Devin Bush (So.), Jared Wangler (RS Jr.), Devin Gil (So.), Joshua Ross (Fr.)
CB: Lavert Hill (So.), Keith Washington (RS So.)
CB: David Long (So.), Brandon Watson (RS Jr.), Benjamin St-Juste (Fr.)
FS: Tyree Kinnel (Jr.), Tru Wilson (So.)
SS: Khaleke Hudson (So.), Josh Metellus (So.), J’Marick Woods (Fr.)
K: Quinn Nordin (So.), Andrew David (RS So.)
P: Ryan Tice (RS So.)
LS: Scott Sypniewski (5th)
Currently committed true freshmen, who cannot sign National Letters of Intent until February, are listed in italics.