2018 Season Countdown: #74 Mustapha Muhammad

2018 Season Countdown: #74 Mustapha Muhammad


July 6, 2018

Mustapha Muhammad (image via Land of 10)

Name: Mustapha Muhammad
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 244 lbs.
High school: Missouri City (TX) Ridge Point
Position: Tight end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Muhammad was a senior in high school. He made 20 catches for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns.

On the plus side for Muhammad, Ridge Point ran a bunch of zone blocking, and he proved to be very effective at blocking the combos with his tackles. He stays low, gets good position, and moves his feet. He also seems to enjoy blocking. Muhammad is decently athletic and can high-point the ball, even though he’s not the most explosive tight end around. If his measurements are correct, he’s somewhat college-ready at 6’4″ and 244 lbs. That’s the good stuff.

The bad thing for him is that Michigan is loaded at tight end, The top two guys (Zach Gentry, Sean McKeon) return from 2017, and that’s not to mention Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. and Nick Eubanks, who are entering their fourth and third years, respectively. Could Muhammad step in and play? Sure. Would the team suffer in 2018 without his presence? I don’t think so. It would take a few injuries before Muhammad would become front and center at tight end, even with Michigan’s multiple-tight end sets. So while he’s more ready to play than fellow freshman tight ends Ryan Hayes and Luke Schoonmaker, all three guys are pretty low in the pecking order.

Prediction: Backup tight end

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    Roanman
    Jul 06, 2018 at 7:57 AM

    Another kid I’d prefer to see redshirted.

    • Thunder
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      Jul 06, 2018 at 9:49 AM

      Me, too. There’s no point in playing him, at least outside of the four games allowed.

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