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Name: Anthony Solomon
Weight: 212 lbs.
High school: Fort Lauderdale (FL) Saint Thomas Aquinas
Jersey number: #10
Last year: I ranked Solomon #37 and said he would be a backup linebacker (LINK). He made 5 tackles.
TTB Rating: 84
Going into the 2020 season, Solomon was considered to be the top backup at two different linebacker positions: WILL and Viper. I always thought he was too light to play an inside linebacker position like WILL, and he never got on the field there. But still, I think it was significant that he was thought to be the do-everything linebacker, which seems to be a sign that the coaches see a future for him.
Now that the 2021 season is almost here, I’m not sure where Solomon fits, if at all. He has struggled to put on weight, and if Michigan is going to play a 3-4, the inside linebackers need to be pretty stout. At the same time, the outside linebackers probably need to be taller and longer. This might be a Frankenstein year for the defense as the coaching staff takes disparate pieces to try to mold what they want, so while I don’t think Solomon will start, he must be capable of doing some things that would keep him near the top of the depth chart. Considering the injury potential at linebacker (Cam McGrone, Josh Ross, and Devin Bush have each suffered season-ending injuries the past three years), Solomon may be forced into a bigger role as the year goes along.
Prediction: Backup linebacker
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