2023 Season Countdown: #26 Karsen Barnhart

2023 Season Countdown: #26 Karsen Barnhart

August 12, 2023
Karsen Barnhart (image via MLive)

Name: Karsen Barnhart
316 lbs.
High school: 
Paw Paw (MI) Paw Paw
Offensive tackle
Redshirt senior
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Barnhart #26 and said he would be a backup offensive lineman (LINK). He started nine games.
TTB Rating:

Through four seasons at Michigan, Barnhart has been the Jack-of-all-Trades-iest lineman on Michigan’s roster. He has started at left tackle (5 games), left guard (2), and right tackle (8) over the past three seasons, and he has played in relief duty in thirteen games. He even started as the holder on the field goal unit and served as an usher in section 31R at Michigan Stadium.

So it’s no surprise that he’s guaranteed a starting position in year five.

Or is he?


Jim Harbaugh loves competition, so he brought in former Stanford starter Myles Hinton and former Arizona State starter La’Darius Henderson to a team brimming with talent already. Now Barnhart is in a battle with Hinton, Henderson, and fellow fifth year senior Trente Jones to start at tackle. Word has been that Henderson will be the likely starter at left tackle, leaving the other three to vie for the role on the right side. I’m giving the starting nod to Barnhart, who has more overall starts (15) than Jones (8). Barnhart seems to be the steadier player, while Jones has some impressive blocks but then some ugly whiffs. Barnhart has also put on about seven pounds since last year, so perhaps that will help him move people a little better.

Prediction: Starting right tackle

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