Name: Graham Glasgow
Weight: 303 lbs.
High school: Aurora (IL) Marmion Academy
Class: Fifth year senior
Jersey number: #61
Last year: I ranked Glasgow #3 and said he would be the starting right guard to begin the season. He started eleven games at left guard.
Entering last season, the offensive line was in quite a bit of flux. Glasgow was coming off a 2013 season in which he had started nine games at center, replacing a benched Jack Miller. Kyle Kalis was coming off of a back injury. Erik Magnuson, Kyle Bosch, and others were vying for playing time on the interior. To add to the confusion, Glasgow had to serve a one-game suspension to begin the year for an alcohol-related offense. Miller was inserted back into the lineup at center and held the job for the entire year, Glasgow played left guard after his suspension, and the combination of Erik Magnuson and Kyle Kalis held down the right guard spot. Glasgow was expected to Michigan’s best and most consistent lineman, and that turned out to be the case whenever he wasn’t suspended.
He got into more trouble this off-season. Jim Harbaugh implemented some sort of undisclosed discipline, but he wanted a clean slate and said that Glasgow had paid his penance. Presumably, no suspension is forthcoming, so I expect Glasgow to play center now that Jack Miller has departed. The only other reasonably viable option is Patrick Kugler, who was seen on crutches at Michigan’s open-to-students-only practice. When Glasgow played center in 2013, his first several games were marred by bad center/quarterback exchanges, but he got them fixed after the first four games or so and hopefully will not continue to have issues. He is large for a center at 6’6″, but he bends pretty well and does a good job of maintaining leverage on defensive tackles. Based on his talent and the fact that offensive linemen seem to garner respect for playing a lot over their careers, Glasgow could be in line for some all-conference accolades at the end of the season.
Prediction: Starting center; Second Team All-Big Ten