Name: Elliott Mealer
Weight: 313 lbs.
High school: Wauseon High School in Wauseon, OH
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #57
Last year: I ranked Mealer #51 and said he’d be a backup left guard and special teamer. He played all 13 games on special teams.
If you’re a fan of humanity, you can’t help but root for Mealer. It doesn’t seem that long ago, but now entering his fourth year in the program, Mealer lost his father and girlfriend to a car accident during the holidays in his senior year of high school. Elliott suffered a shoulder injury and his brother, Brock, was partially paralyzed. On a brighter note, Brock recovered enough to lead the team onto the field for its opener against Connecticut in September 2010.
Elliott has played sparingly in his first three seasons in the program, seeing action at offensive guard in only four games thus far. Brady Hoke’s offense might benefit Mealer a little more than Rich Rodriguez’s system, which stressed quickness and blocking at the second level. Mealer looked fairly quick coming out of high school and as a redshirt freshman in 2009, but he added some weight prior to 2010 and looked a little too slow to be effective. Now he’s the heaviest he’s ever been (up from 310 to 313), but the power running game ought to suit him a little better. I don’t expect him to push for a starting position here in 2011, but he could be a key backup if there are any injuries along the offensive line.
Prediction: Backup offensive guard
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