2010 Countdown: #71 Richard Ash

2010 Countdown: #71 Richard Ash

June 28, 2010

Name: Richard Ash
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 263 lbs.
School: Pahokee High School in Pahokee, FL
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Prediction for 2010: Redshirt

Ash is a big kid from south Florida pipeline Pahokee, the same school that provided Michigan with Martavious Odoms, Brandin Hawthorne, and Vincent Smith. That 263 pounds thing up there might be a lie. A State of Florida insider said around signing day that Ash was up around 300 lbs. at the time. If Ash maintains that weight, he’ll likely be a nose tackle. If he can work himself closer to that 263, then he could have more flexibility to play 3-tech defensive tackle as well.

Ash’s conditioning will be sorted out by Mike Barwis and Co., and I imagine that Ash’s playing weight will be below 300. Observers from Florida also indicated that Ash played better when he was around 240 lbs., so I get the feeling that he’s not someone who wears weight well. Regardless, Ash is probably headed for a redshirt this year to get his conditioning sorted out. I placed him somewhat higher on this list than I wanted to, but that’s largely because depth on the interior defensive line is somewhat thin. The Wolverines have a solid four interior linemen (Mike Martin, Greg Banks, Renaldo Sagesse, William Campbell), but any injuries might disrupt that depth and force a freshman to play. Furthermore, both Banks and Sagesse won’t be returning in 2011, so there may be a need to get a young guy some garbage time reps this season.


  1. Comments: 21385
    Jul 03, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    Is Patterson really a non-entity so as to deserve no mention at all. He's the most physically gifted of all the DL on the roster. This makes me sad and sorry for him and Michigan.

  2. Comments: 21385
    Jul 03, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    Regardless of his physical talent, he earned less playing time in 2009 than all four interior DL that I mentioned. Rodriguez says that the move to NT has been a good thing, but whether that's true or not remains to be seen.

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