|Jibreel Black combines with Jonas Mouton to tackle a Mississippi State Bulldog|
Name: Jibreel Black
Weight: 258 lbs.
High school: Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, OH
Position: Defensive end
Jersey number: #55
Last year: I ranked Black #75 and said he would redshirt. He was a backup DE all season and made 7 tackles.
Black had an up-and-down year in 2010. He played in the opener and appeared in every contest afterward, but made very few plays throughout the season. Even at defensive end, 7 tackles for a frequent contributor isn’t anything stellar. Then again, his doppelganger (you might have heard of him, a guy named Brandon Graham) only had 2 tackles and 1/2 a sack as a true freshman in 2006. If Black is truly 3.5 times as good as Graham, who had 8.5 sacks as a sophomore, then expect 29.75 sacks from Black this season.
I really like Black. I think he’s going to develop into a very good player. The only problem is that he plays the same position as Craig Roh, another kid whose maturity I’m awaiting with baited breath. The two may split time in 2011 at the weakside end position, but Black also saw some time in the spring at the strongside (5-tech) end position. The team is pretty thin at the end positions this year, going only two-deep before you get to true freshmen. Michigan fans and opposing quarterbacks will probably see a heavy dose of Black on both ends of the line, supporting both Roh and starting 5-tech Ryan Van Bergen. I think we’ll start to see the light switch go on, especially in the second half of the season.
Prediction: Backup weakside and strongside end; 20 tackles, 4 sacks
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