With spring practice beginning in Ann Arbor, there will be lots of positive talk and fluff around the program. Every position will be better than last year, and every newcomer will be compared to a past standout at his position.
And there are often position changes from season to season, so here are some switches that the players and coaches might consider.
Hassan Haskins: LB >>> RB
Haskins was a somewhat lightly recruited player coming out of high school, but Michigan landed him with the intention of playing him at running back. The running back position has thinned out considerably in the meantime, with projected starter Chris Evans getting suspended and backup O’Maury Samuels being booted from the team. Listed at 6’1″ and 212 lbs., Haskins has reportedly been a standout in the weight room this off-season. With the linebacker positions pretty solidly in place and question marks in the offensive backfield, Haskins should be repping on offense this spring.
Khaleke Hudson: Viper >>> S
Hudson has been named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention player for two consecutive seasons at the Viper position. We were told that Michigan fans wouldn’t miss Jabrill Peppers after the 2016 season, and those whispers proved to be true. Meanwhile, Michigan has heavily recruited the Viper position, with players like Quinten Johnson, Daxton Hill, Joey Velazquez, and others all having repped at the safety/outside linebacker hybrid position. With Tyree Kinnel’s graduation following 2018, Michigan may be best served putting Hudson the back end more and putting Jordan Glasgow, a freshman, or someone else at Viper.
Michael Barrett: WR >>> RB
The 6’0″, 224 lb. redshirt sophomore bounced around last season, much like Haskins. Barrett spent time at slot receiver and linebacker. With his build slot receiver is an odd fit, and while the Viper position might not be a bad place for him to play, the Wolverines have numerous players pegged for Viper. Barrett was a dynamic running quarterback in high school, and he should get a chance to stand out in the backfield this spring to see if he can be one of the top three or four running backs. Either Haskins or Barrett should make the full-time switch to running back, so let them duke it out.
Michael Onwenu: OG >>> DT
This is an extreme suggestion, but Onwenu is 6’3″ and 350 lbs. with limited success at offensive guard so far. There have been rumors this off-season that Onwenu could be on his way to the bench if Andrew Stueber or Stephen Spanellis steps up his performance. Questions have existed about Onwenu’s conditioning and motor, and moving to the defensive line would alleviate some of those concerns, since defensive linemen rotate so often. Furthermore, Michigan needs help on the interior defensive line after Aubrey Solomon’s transfer and Bryan Mone’s graduation.
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