2023 Season Countdown: #34 Trente Jones

2023 Season Countdown: #34 Trente Jones

August 8, 2023
Trente Jones (image via MLive)

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Name: Trente Jones
325 lbs.
High school
Loganville (GA) Grayson
Offensive tackle
Redshirt senior
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Jones #19 and said he would be a starting offensive tackle (LINK). He started six games at right tackle.
TTB Rating:

Jones stuck it out for three years, playing mostly as a sixth offensive lineman, and finally earned a starting job in year four! And then . . . he got hurt, and Karsen Barnhart took his job. Even when Jones returned later in the season, the coaches thought Barnhart was still ahead of Jones. So he continued to play as a sub and in certain packages. Jones did a good job of moving people at times, but he also had some tactical errors.

We keep hearing about him that he’s an amazing athlete for his size, but Barnhart seems to be the steadier player. I’ve been waffling back and forth on which one I think will start in 2023. My heart tells me Jones, but my head tells me Barnhart. And the dark horse is Stanford transfer Myles Hinton. Michigan has a ton of good options, which is great for the team and terrible for amateur prognosticators like myself. One silver lining is that Jones or Barnhart could use the 2020 COVID exemption to return in 2024 if the winner of the job moves on after this season. It will be very interesting to see how it all plays out on the field this fall.

Prediction: Backup offensive tackle

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