Way Too Early 2018 Depth Chart: March 2018

Way Too Early 2018 Depth Chart: March 2018

March 8, 2018


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Here’s my third stab at projecting the 2018 depth chart. Based on the current roster, below is the depth chart Michigan could roll out next September.

Hit the jump for another early look at 2018.

QB: Shea Patterson (Jr.), Brandon Peters (RS So.), Dylan McCaffrey (RS Fr.), Joe Milton (Fr.)
RB: Karan Higdon (Sr.), Chris Evans (Jr.),  Kareem Walker (RS So.), O’Maury Samuels (So.), Kurt Taylor (RS Fr.), Christian Turner (Fr.), Michael Barrett (Fr.), Hassan Haskins (Fr.)
FB: Ben Mason (So.), Ben VanSumeren (Fr.), Jared Wangler (5th), Peter Bush (RS So.)
WR1: Tarik Black (RS Fr.), Kekoa Crawford (Jr.),  Nate Schoenle (Jr.)
WR2: Donovan Peoples-Jones (So.), Nico Collins (So.)
WR3: Grant Perry (Sr.), Eddie McDoom (Jr.), Oliver Martin (RS Fr.), Ronnie Bell (Fr.)
TE: Sean McKeon (Jr.), Zach Gentry (RS Jr.), Nick Eubanks (RS So.), Tyrone Wheatley (RS Jr.), Mustapha Muhammad (Fr.), Luke Schoonmaker (Fr.)
LT: Grant Newsome (RS Jr.), James Hudson (RS Fr.), Jalen Mayfield (Fr.)
LG: Ben Bredeson (Jr.), Chuck Filiaga (RS Fr.), Joel Honigford (RS Fr.)
C: Cesar Ruiz (So.), Stephen Spanellis (RS So.), Andrew Vastardis (RS So.), Jess Speight (RS Fr.)
RG: Michael Onwenu (Jr.), Jon Runyan, Jr. (RS Jr.), Stephen Spanellis (RS So.)
RT: Juwann Bushell-Beatty (5th), Andrew Stueber (RS Fr.), Nolan Ulizio (RS Jr.), Ryan Hayes (Fr.)

SDE: Rashan Gary (Jr.), Carlo Kemp (RS So.), Ron Johnson (RS So.), Deron Irving-Bey (RS Fr.), Aidan Hutchinson (Fr.), Julius Welschof (Fr.)
DT: Michael Dwumfour (RS So.), Donovan Jeter (RS Fr.), Lawrence Marshall (5th), Carl Myers (Jr.)
NT: Aubrey Solomon (So.), Bryan Mone (5th), Phillip Paea (RS Fr.)
WDE: Chase Winovich (5th), Kwity Paye (So.), Luiji Vilain (RS Fr.), Reuben Jones (RS Jr.)
Viper/SAM: Khaleke Hudson (Jr.), Noah Furbush (5th), Joshua Uche (Jr.)
MIKE: Devin Bush (Jr.), Josh Ross (So.), Drew Singleton (RS Fr.), Elysee Mbem-Bosse (Jr.)
WILL: Devin Gil (Jr.), Jordan Anthony (RS Fr.), Cameron McGrone (Fr.)
CB: Lavert Hill (Jr.),  Ambry Thomas (So.), Myles Sims (Fr.), Gemon Green (Fr.)
CB: David Long (Jr.), Brandon Watson (5th), Casey Hughes (5th), Benjamin St-Juste (So.), Vincent Gray (Fr.)
FS: Tyree Kinnel (Sr.), Jaylen Kelly-Powell (So.), German Green (Fr.), Sammy Faustin (Fr.)
SS: Joshua Metellus (Jr.), Jordan Glasgow (RS Jr.),  J’Marick Woods (So.)

K: Quinn Nordin (RS So.)
P: Brad Robbins (So.), Will Hart (RS So.)


  • Added RB Michael Barrett, CB Vincent Gray, CB Casey Hughes
  • Moved Sammy Faustin from CB to FS
  • Moved Joel Honigford from LT to LG
  • Removed TE Ian Bunting, OG Ja’Raymond Hall, LB Otis Reese, P Ryan Tice


  1. Sextus Empiricus
    Comments: 4
    Joined: 9/30/2017
    Sextus Empiricus
    Mar 08, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    I will be interested to see who comes out at WILL – Gil/Anthony/McGrone. I don’t have too many concerns on D but that is a group I’ve not really seen much of in games or chatter. McGrone has more buzz (in my mind) but it’s really about a solid Senior / Captain in McCray moving on and never really being challenged all of last year.

    The excitement/expectation around Black coming back healthy and perhaps seeing the TE group dominate puts the QB battle into interesting but not critical mode – again … all in my mind.

    Michigan will be good. It’s a 10 win floor and the ever possible more… for me at least.

    • JC
      Comments: 213
      Joined: 8/17/2015
      Mar 08, 2018 at 3:05 PM

      10 wins might be the expectation, but I would put the floor at 8. I believe this is going to be a much better team, but the biggest question mark on the field (OL) is still there, and I don’t know if it’ll be answered.

      Hopeful but not confident.

  2. Comments: 105
    Joined: 10/22/2015
    Mar 08, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    What happened to the UTAH transfer in the secondary? Did something happen and he’s no longer coming here for a 5th year?

    • 17years
      Comments: 56
      Joined: 2/6/2018
      Mar 10, 2018 at 12:50 PM

      Looks like he’s going to be a 2nd/3rd string corner, rotating in a lot. And a little at safety. His biggest point going for him is he is unafraid to hit. So he could be in on obvious run downs.

      Maybe he will earn a starting spot. But it will be very hard to learn the system and beat out the 2 corners that start now. I wouldn’t bet my money on it.

      But yeah, I was wondering where his name is too.

  3. Lanknows
    Comments: 4069
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Mar 08, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    Shea Patterson is not eligible in 2018 due to NCAA rules about transfers.

    I did read he hired a very confident lawyer to file for an exemption and talk about himself in the media.

  4. Comments: 1050
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Mar 08, 2018 at 8:29 PM

    Spanelis is 3rd at Guard, but was our 6th OL last year, taking over at Center in the Bowl 🤔

    • Thunder
      Comments: 2723
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Mar 08, 2018 at 9:37 PM

      Eh…I don’t know if that’s entirely accurate. Ruiz and Ulizio both played more than Spanellis, and Spanellis playing in the bowl also happened to be a game in which Bredeson and Bushell-Beatty were unavailable.

  5. 17years
    Comments: 56
    Joined: 2/6/2018
    Mar 09, 2018 at 12:48 AM

    If Calvin Anderson decides for Michigan on Saturday would that move Grant Newsome to RT?

    Michael Barrett could throw a pass in a real game before Joe Milton does–not necessarily meaning this year.

    I’m expecting Kwity Paye to play quite a bit this season.

    • 17years
      Comments: 56
      Joined: 2/6/2018
      Mar 09, 2018 at 12:50 AM

      BTW, really curious what Kurt Taylor looks like carrying the ball in a real game……

      • Thunder
        Comments: 2723
        Joined: 7/13/2015
        Mar 09, 2018 at 8:10 AM

        Yeah. I’m not expecting much, but I’m hoping he proves me wrong.

        • 17years
          Comments: 56
          Joined: 2/6/2018
          Mar 09, 2018 at 11:10 PM

          He could surprise. He is able to break initial tackles. He is VERY strong, and has had to go through a lot to get where he is. He has very rare dedication. He could be a pleasant surprise for everyone. I’m hoping.

    • Thunder
      Comments: 2723
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Mar 09, 2018 at 8:11 AM

      It could potentially bump him to right tackle, yes. Particularly if he has lost some of his mobility.

      • 17years
        Comments: 56
        Joined: 2/6/2018
        Mar 09, 2018 at 11:06 PM

        Calvin Anderson has been playing all along. So he won’t be rusty. I am kinda impressed with Calvin Anderson as a person. He really is being very careful making his decision. He really does want to go where he has the best shot at getting to the pros.

        • 17years
          Comments: 56
          Joined: 2/6/2018
          Mar 10, 2018 at 6:43 PM

          ….at least that’s what it sounded like in his Sam Webb interview.

  6. 17years
    Comments: 56
    Joined: 2/6/2018
    Mar 10, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    Rice LT, Calvin Anderson, chooses Texas, stays close to home, like most thought he would.

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