2020 Season Countdown: #20 Andrew Stueber

2020 Season Countdown: #20 Andrew Stueber


September 16, 2020
Boy, this Name Image Likeness thing is working out so far for Andrew Stueber

Name: Andrew Stueber
Height: 
6’7″
Weight: 
339 lbs.
High school: 
Darien (CT) Darien
Position: 
Offensive tackle
Class: 
Redshirt junior
Jersey number: 
#71
Last year: 
I ranked Stueber #29 and said he would be the starting right offensive tackle (LINK). He tore his ACL in the pre-season and did not play.
TTB Rating:
 82

Every year it seems like Michigan suffers a debilitating injury either in the pre-season or the spring that affects the season in a significant way. In 2019 it was an ACL tear for Stueber in the pre-season. He and Jalen Mayfield were supposedly in a dogfight for the right tackle job, and it went to Mayfield by default once Stueber was injured in mid-August. Maybe that would have been the choice, anyway, since Mayfield showed to be worthy of being pegged as a potential first-rounder for 2021.

But this isn’t about Mayfield. It’s about Stueber.

I still have high hopes for him after watching him play some key minutes down the stretch in 2018. He’s massive at 339 pounds, and apparently he’s agile enough to get a strong look at tackle. I like moving guys with tackle ability into the interior, and it looks as if Stueber will be the replacement for Michael Onwenu at right guard. I have no idea if the 2020 season will be played or what it will look like, but I do think Stueber will be a solid player at guard before his career is over, as long as his knee is back to full strength.

Prediction: Starting right guard

7 comments

  1. Avatar
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    Ramrod
    Sep 16, 2020 at 9:32 AM

    With the rumors that the season is starting, do you know if it is possible for Mayfield and Thomas to come back and participate this season?

    • Thunder
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      Sep 16, 2020 at 9:52 AM

      It probably depends on whether they’ve hired an agent or whether they’ve received any kind of professional benefits, such as a trainer, a nutritionist, etc. I don’t know if the NCAA would make some special exceptions due to the situation (season cancellation and then reversal), but the general rule is whether an agent has been hired or not.

  2. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Sep 16, 2020 at 4:48 PM

    Sounds like Hayes has one of the OT spots locked down and Vastardis will start at center. I’m a little surprised Steuber isn’t tagged for RT if he was legitimately competing there with Mayfield a year ago.

    • Thunder
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      Sep 16, 2020 at 5:11 PM

      I think Barnhart, being a little lighter, is a better fit at tackle. It’s a little more physical inside, so having a 339-pounder there (where 360+ pound Michael Onwenu was) makes a little more sense.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Sep 16, 2020 at 6:07 PM

        That makes sense. Though Filiaga, Rumler, Carpenter (among others) also offer a lot of interior beef.

        Harbaugh and Warriner has enough options around that I’m not TOO worried about the OL despite losing all 5 starters to the NFL.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Sep 16, 2020 at 6:09 PM

        Another year where you roll with the top 5. Onwenu, who seems like the most “pure OG” of anyone Michigan’s had in the last few years is off playing TE and OT in the NFL – a striking example of position fluidity

  3. JC
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    JC
    Sep 17, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    I was always high on Stueber. I hope he can come back form his knee injury with no issues, but with his size it’s concerning. If Stueber started last year, we’d likely still have Mayfield.

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