Name: Henry Poggi
Weight: 257 lbs.
High school: Baltimore (MD) Gilman
Class: Fifth year senior
Jersey number: #19
Last year: I ranked Poggi #41 and said he would be a part-time starting fullback. He started seven games and ended with 1 carry for 4 yards, plus 6 catches for 45 yards.
TTB Rating: 79
Poggi split fullback time with Khalid Hill in 2016. Poggi was treated as the big, bruising blocker who could kick out defensive ends and trap defensive tackles, while Hill was the guy who would lead on toss sweeps and grab short-yardage carries. I thought Hill played better than Poggi, but somehow the coaching staff still started for half of the season.
Despite Poggi not being an offensive skill weapon, I think he has value to the team because he’s big enough and strong enough to be an effective blocker against bigs. Michigan uses multiple tight ends and sometimes multiple fullbacks at once, and Poggi and Hill are the only two guys ready for that spot this year. The next guy is probably freshman Ben Mason, and after that it drops off to small-ish walk-ons. If Michigan didn’t play Hill ahead of Poggi last year full-time, then I don’t see why that would change going into 2017. I expect another low-key season for Poggi, but he should be a battering ram in the power running game.
Prediction: Part-time starting fullback
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