2023 Season Countdown: #77 Marlin Klein

2023 Season Countdown: #77 Marlin Klein

July 14, 2023
Marlin Klein (image via Maize ‘n’ Brew)

Name: Marlin Klein
245 lbs.
High school: 
Rabun Gap (GA) Nacoochee
Tight end
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Klein #89 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in two games.
TTB Rating:

Klein never had much of a chance to play significant snaps in 2022. Not only did Michigan have a glut of tight ends, but Klein was built very slight. At his height and just 215 pounds, he was never going to hold up against Big Ten defensive linemen or linebackers, and even some safeties probably could have pushed him around. So he got in the game at the end of a couple blowouts against Hawaii and UConn and that was it.

This year he has more of a chance, and I think we will see him start to emerge. Several tight ends moved on from last year’s team, so Klein moves up the depth chart a little bit. He is also listed at 245 this season, though he still looked pretty skinny in the spring game. I think blocking is still a major issue for Klein, so I don’t foresee him playing a significant role in 2023. However, multiple players/coaches have mentioned in interviews that he’s a bit of a freak athlete. The first three guys are probably Colston Loveland, A.J. Barner, and Matt Hibner, and Klein has a shot to be mixing in after that, along with Max Bredeson.

Prediction: Backup tight end

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