2017 Season Countdown: #80 Will Hart

2017 Season Countdown: #80 Will Hart

May 26, 2017

Name: Will Hart
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 190 lbs.
High school: Hunting Valley (OH) University School
Position: Punter
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #17
Last year: I did not rank Hart. He redshirted.

Michigan is in a unique position going into 2017. It’s not often that your kickoff guy, your punter, and your placekicker are the same guy, but that was the situation in Ann Arbor last year. Now Kenny Allen is gone, and Michigan needs to start fresh everywhere. ¬†Will Hart might be the answer at punter, but reports from this spring were not overly positive, and true freshman Brad Robbins is expected to win the job when he arrives this fall. But you never know what might happen. Last year people expected Quinn Nordin to come in and win one of the kicking jobs, and injury prevented him from playing at all. Michigan does have options – Robbins, Hart, Nordin, Ryan Tice – so Hart himself isn’t very high on this list.

Prediction: Backup punter


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    Joined: 1/19/2016
    May 26, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Did Nordin have maturity issues holding him back too? I have read that Hawkins, Walker and Nordin were three 2016 guys who struggled with college transition

    • DonAZ
      Comments: 523
      Joined: 8/12/2015
      May 27, 2017 at 9:35 AM

      I can relate … I had a hard time transitioning academically (not athletically; I wasn’t a HS or college athlete) from high school to college back in 1977. My high school (Howell, MI) was not a good prep for the rigors of college. Perhaps it’s a better school now, but back then (in retrospect) it was awful.

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        May 27, 2017 at 11:44 AM

        I hear ya… Transition was so hard on me, that I opted for 20 years in the Marine Corps as my path to growing up!

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