|Steve Watson tackles Illinois quarterback Juice Williams|
Name: Steve Watson
Weight: 268 lbs.
High school: Mullen High School in Cherry Hills Village, CO
Position: Tight end
Class: Redshirt senior
Jersey number: #81
Last year: I ranked Watson #63 and said he would be a special teamer and see spot duty on defense. He played special teams and had 3 tackles on defense.
Watson is one of those kids who has bounced back and forth throughout his career. His first couple seasons were spent at tight end, though he never saw the field on offense. He switched to outside linebacker in Greg Robinson’s 4-3 scheme for the 2009 season, then became a defensive end/tackle in 2010’s 3-3-5 alignment. But with the shortage of tight ends on the roster and a coach who wants to use sets with multiple tight ends, Watson flipped back to offense this spring.
He’s clearly behind starter Kevin Koger and even primary backup Brandon Moore, but it’s unclear how far down the depth chart Watson will be. Converted wide receiver Ricardo Miller might see some time at tight end, but he’s more of an H-back than an on-the-line blocker. There’s also the issue of incoming freshman Chris Barnett, who has a chance to steal some snaps if he’s recovered from his torn ACL. Michigan doesn’t need Watson to be much of a pass receiving threat, but it would be great if he could handle being the #3 tight end and give the freshman Barnett a chance to redshirt.
Prediction: Backup tight end and special teams contributor
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