|Erik Gunderson (#69)|
Name: Erik Gunderson
Weight: 298 lbs.
High school: Milan High School in Milan, MI
Position: Offensive tackle
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #69
Last year: I did not rank Gunderson. He didn’t play in any games.
Gunderson was one of those kids who created a wee bit of buzz when he chose to attend Michigan and become a walk-on. Those things happen when you come out of high school standing 6’8″ and weighing 338 lbs. But many assumed that he would be too stiff to play at this level and he would spend a few years standing on the sidelines, blocking the view of fans sitting in the first row.
But Rich Rodriguez was the coach and he criminally under-recruited various positions, including offensive linemen the past couple years. By default Gunderson might be the #4 offensive tackle for the upcoming season, and he actually acquitted himself well this past spring. He could be an emergency option in case of injury, and he has an outside chance to push for playing time in the next few years. However, I have to think that if an injury bug hit the offensive tackles ahead of him for any length of time, somebody like Patrick Omameh would probably slide from guard to tackle to fill the gap.
Prediction: Backup offensive tackle
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