2019 Season Countdown: #69 Carl Myers

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20Jun 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #69 Carl Myers

Carl Myers (image via Wolverines Wire)

Name: Carl Myers
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
282 lbs.
High school:
Grand Rapids (MI) West Catholic
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Redshirt junior
Jersey number:
#54
Last year:
I ranked Myers #90 and said he would be a backup defensive tackle (LINK). He made 1 tackle in four games.
TTB Rating:
N/A

The curious case of Carl Myers returns here at #69, up 21 spots from last year’s ranking. He went from playing as a true freshman walk-on in 2016 to not playing at all in 2017 to playing in four games in 2018, a pretty odd swing for a walk-on. The games he played in 2018 were blowout victories, but it’s noteworthy that Myers was on the travel roster, which is limited to 70 players.

This year the defensive line depth is a huge question mark. The Wolverines lost Aubrey Solomon, Bryan Mone, and Lawrence Marshall on the interior of the defensive line, and a lot of the freshmen coming in are projects. That means there could be an opportunity for Myers to get in some work. As a redshirt junior with limited upside, maybe the coaching staff will see it fit just to develop the younger guys instead of the old head . . . but the coaches may also want to limit the rookies’ snaps in order to maintain their redshirts. Either way, I expect Myers to get some limited time on the field this fall.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

19Jun 2019
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Ex-Wolverines: Class of 2002

Left to right: Antonio Bass, Jason Avant, Matt Gutierrez, Braylon Edwards

Taking another step toward cleaning up the Ex-Wolverines page (LINK), here’s a look back at the class of 2002: the first year Rivals existed.

TRANSFERS

Greg Cooper – S – Flint (MI) Northern
Cooper came to Michigan in 2002 and redshirted. He reportedly had academic issues and transferred to Michigan State, where he made 34 tackles, 1 interception, and 4 pass breakups in 2003. He made 17 tackles and 5 pass breakups as a part-time starter in 2004. As a redshirt junior in 2005, he made 48 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 pass breakup. He finished out his college career with 31 tackles and 2 pass breakups in 2006.

Matt Gutierrez – QB – Concord (CA) De La Salle
Gutierrez is one of those “What could have been” stories, to a lesser extent than Antonio Bass, but still a bit sad fifteen years later. A highly touted quarterback recruit, he redshirted in 2002 and backed up John Navarre in 2003 (13/19 for 153 yards, 1 passing TD, and 1 rushing TD). Slated to become the starter in 2004, he tore his labrum in pre-game warmups prior to the season opener. True freshman Chad Henne had to step in, and Henne never relinquished the starting job through 2007. Gutierrez was still a backup in 2005 (14/22 for 133 yards) but transferred to Idaho State for the 2006 season. There he went 187/342 for 2,237 yards and 16 touchdowns, plus 5 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving score. He was not drafted in 2007, but spent time with the Patriots (backing up former Wolverine Tom Brady), Chiefs, Bears, Redskins, and Rams; in his NFL career, he was 2/2 for 18 yards. He then went on to play Arena football but his career ended in 2012.

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