2022 Season Countdown: #35 Greg Crippen

2022 Season Countdown: #35 Greg Crippen

August 7, 2022
Greg Crippen (image via USA Today)

Name: Greg Crippen
301 lbs.
High school: 
Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Crippen #81 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in six games.
TTB Rating:

Crippen was a big surprise to me last year and may already be approaching his TTB Rating as a sophomore. Andrew Vastardis started at center all year, but Crippen was his backup. While Michigan could have played Reece Atteberry, Raheem Anderson II, or guard Zak Zinter – all of whom have snapped the ball at times – Crippen was the guy.

Despite the presence of Crippen, Michigan still went out and tried to find a starting center, and they did in Olu Oluwatimi. Oluwatimi was a Rimington Award finalist, so maybe it was a no-brainer to take him, but if they truly felt Crippen was ready to roll in 2022 as the starter, they probably wouldn’t have dipped into the transfer portal. Crippen also appears to be a center only, and I think it’s a good idea to train a young player at just one position, especially one as critical as center. So I’ll rank him here at #35, since he doesn’t appear to be ready to back up other positions but Michigan has other guys who could step in and play center in a pinch.

Prediction: Backup center

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