Name: Micah Pollard
Weight: 206 lbs.
High school: Jacksonville (FL) Bartram Trail
Jersey number: #4
Last year: I ranked Pollard #95 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in twelve games and made 8 tackles.
TTB Rating: 74
The expectations for Pollard were a little bit up in the air going into 2022. He was light at 200 pounds and Michigan didn’t have a strong need for a bunch of new contributions from linebackers. I expected him to redshirt for those reasons, but he surprisingly played in twelve games – mostly on special teams, but in four games at linebacker. So he burned his redshirt, which is usually a clue that the coaching staff likes a player.
The 2023 season will be an interesting one for him. Sam Webb recently pegged Pollard as someone that Michigan fans aren’t talking enough about when it comes to playing time for 2023, but I’m not sure where he fits. Junior Colson is expected to start, with Jimmy Rolder or Ernest Hausmann or Michael Barrett taking the other inside linebacker spot. Pollard is also light, so maybe he’s not an inside linebacker . . . but there’s not a ton of room for a 206 lb. non-nickel on the field. If Michigan needs a nickel, they’ll probably go with a safety type. So I don’t necessarily buy the idea that Pollard will play much of a role on defense, but he should be a regular special teams contributor once again in 2023.
Prediction: Backup linebacker and special teamer
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