2020 Season Countdown: #78 Joey Velazquez

2020 Season Countdown: #78 Joey Velazquez

June 23, 2020
Joey Velazquez (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Joey Velazquez
213 lbs.
High school:
Columbus (OH) St. Francis De Sales
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
Last year:
I ranked Velazquez #89 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating:

So far Velazquez’s Michigan career is going as expected:

Start career off redshirting at Viper? Check.

Bulk up and move to WILL linebacker? Check.

It’s year two in Michigan’s system, and the only thing that hasn’t gone according to plan is when his freshman baseball season was canceled due to coronavirus.

The two-sport athlete goes into his redshirt freshman season as a potential role player on defense, mainly due to the departure of some key backups (Jordan Anthony, Devin Gil). While Joshua Ross is likely to start at WILL, the backup situation is in flux. Velazquez will be in a battle with sophomore Anthony Solomon, redshirt freshman Charles Thomas, and a few freshmen to get on the field. I expect Velazquez’s primary contribution to come on special teams.

Prediction: Backup linebacker, special teamer

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