2020 Season Countdown: #50 Joel Honigford

2020 Season Countdown: #50 Joel Honigford

July 25, 2020
Joel Honigford

Name: Joel Honigford
284 lbs.
High school: 
Sugarcreek (OH) Garaway
Offensive guard
Redshirt junior
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Honigford #50 and said he would be a backup offensive guard (LINK). He played in ten games.
TTB Rating:

Honigford spent the 2019 season as a backup offensive guard, who also spent some time at tackle after Andrew Stueber got injured. Reports out of practice were good though lacking true buzz, but he was mentioned as a guy who could play numerous spots along the offensive line if necessary. Ultimately, he played in three games as a backup lineman and in ten total, including special teams.

Honigford has an interesting outlook for his final two years of college. On the one hand, he has excellent coaching, solid talent, and some experience under his belt. On the other hand, Michigan keeps recruiting well and some younger guys are pushing from behind. The 2020 season will be a huge one for him since none of the projected starters are seniors of any sort. If Honigford earns a starting position, he would presumably have two years to play. If he spends another year as a backup to a guy who isn’t slated to graduate, Honigford would almost certainly spend his fifth year wearing a different uniform. I like Honigford as a swing guy, but it’s getting down to crunch time.

Prediction: Backup offensive guard


  1. Comments: 1863
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Jul 25, 2020 at 4:29 PM

    Can’t seem to get up & over 300lb. That can’t help his chances, unless he’s exceptionally athletic, or light on his feet

    • Comments: 1364
      Joined: 8/11/2015
      Jul 26, 2020 at 8:51 AM

      A 285 lb OG just isn’t going to get it done at this level. He came in at 275-280, and he’s added no significant weight by his 4th year, even though he’s got the frame for it. Why is that?

      • Comments: 3845
        Joined: 7/13/2015
        Jul 26, 2020 at 9:28 AM

        He was up over 290 last year, so I’m not sure what’s going on. Maybe he got sick, maybe it’s a typo. I don’t know.

  2. Comments: 6285
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Jul 26, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Agree the next season will be make or break for Honigford.

    I couldn’t think of many scholarship players who stick out 5-years without any real chance of starting.

    Lawrence Marshall did but he knew he was going to rotate in and have a shot, even on a DL loaded with NFL-caliber talent (Gary, Winovich, Mone, Solomon). He did get one start in the end.

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