Name: Patrick Omameh
Weight: 299 lbs.
High school: St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, OH
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #65
Last year: I ranked Omameh #19 and said he would be the starter at right guard. He started all 13 games at right guard.
Omameh was an under-the-radar recruit coming out of Columbus DeSales in 2008, and credit should be given to Rich Rodriguez for seeing how much talent he had. Omameh was quite slim as a senior in high school, but it only took him until his redshirt freshman season to play – and play well – on the offensive line. He has the athleticism to start at any of the guard and tackle positions, and he looks like a brick wall. Last year’s big play out of Omameh was the one on which he sprung Denard Robinson for his 87-yard touchdown gallop against Notre Dame, but that was just one of many nice blocks that Omameh made on the season. He did an excellent job of getting to the second level, and when Michigan ran power last season, he was excellent at pulling and leading for Robinson.
This season’s scheme ought to suit Omameh well. While he’s superb at blocking in space, he also has the technique and the mass to be a powerful in-line blocker. Add that to his pass blocking ability, and he might end up being Michigan’s best interior lineman since David Baas. I see very few weaknesses in Omameh’s game, and he should be a key player in 2011 as Brady Hoke and Al Borges work both the zone and power run games. He has a shot to be an All-Big Ten player this season.
Prediction: Starting right guard; All-Big Ten Second Team
Poll results: Kevin Koger got 51% of the vote, while Omameh was second with 38%.
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