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Name: Andrew Vastardis
Weight: 319 lbs.
High school: Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge
Position: Offensive guard/center
Class: Fifth year senior
Jersey number: #68
Last year: I ranked Vastardis #79 and said he would be a backup center/guard (LINK). He played in five games.
TTB Rating: N/A
A good number of walk-ons end up on Michigan’s football team, and the vast majority of them remain unknowns to casual fans. Vastardis started off his career at Michigan as a preferred walk-on. While Michigan does have a fair number of walk-on success stories – many of them Glasgows – Vastardis has an opportunity to add his name to that list. In the past two seasons, he has played in six and five games, respectively, while playing behind Cesar Ruiz.
Ruiz is off to the NFL, which opens a spot at center. Word is that the coaches really like redshirt freshman Zach Carpenter, who seems to be penciled in at the position. But Vastardis offers a great veteran backup option. This will be his fifth year in the program, and he appears to be very strong while lacking a little bit of agility. We probably won’t see much of him as long as everyone stays healthy up front, but the backup center is fairly valuable, considering he’s the one who makes the protection calls for the whole line.
Prediction: Backup center
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