Name: Joel Metzger
Weight: 218 lbs.
High school: Battle Creek (MI) Lakeview
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #54
Last year: I did not rank Metzger. He did not play in any games.
TTB Rating: N/A
Metzger is a student body walk-on who joined the team in 2022. He made enough of an impact on special teams in practice to be named the team’s Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Year, so that’s something. This is not meant to be an insult, but watching his film can make you realize that effort and toughness can go a long way. He’s not the biggest or fastest guy – and he has certainly grown since high school – but he must be doing some impressive things in practice to earn the aforementioned honor.
Maybe special teams on Saturdays is in the cards for this fall, but maybe not. I don’t foresee him factoring into the linebacker rotation anytime soon, but if he can play on coverage units, good for him.
Prediction: Backup linebacker and special teamer
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