2023 Season Countdown: #119 Joey Klunder

2023 Season Countdown: #119 Joey Klunder

May 11, 2023
Joey Klunder (image via Twitter)

Name: Joey Klunder
253 lbs.
High school: 
Grosse Pointe (MI) South
Defensive end
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Klunder #130 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating:

Klunder had some military academy and FCS offers coming out of high school, but he decided to become a preferred walk-on at Michigan. After being listed at 6’4″ and 230 pounds as a freshman, he’s now down to 6’3″ . . . and up to 253. While MGoBlue.com’s website lists him as an EDGE, Klunder’s own Twitter profile says he’s a “DT.”

I don’t know where Klunder will end up, and it appears I’m not alone. But either way, 253 pounds is probably too light to play defensive tackle . . . and he’s not quick enough to be an edge pass rusher . . . and he’s probably still too light to play a 5-tech defensive end role. So for now, I think it will be another year watching from the sideline for Klunder.

Prediction: Backup defensive end

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