Nightly Roundup: August 15, 2019

Nightly Roundup: August 15, 2019


August 15, 2019
Andrew Stueber

Do you want to see more Ben Mason? Here you go:

Andrew Stueber reportedly messed up his knee in practice on Tuesday:

Basketball coach Juwan Howard offered his son, Jace, a basketball scholarship (LINK).

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  1. DonAZ
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    DonAZ
    Aug 16, 2019 at 6:41 AM

    How Ben Mason does on the defensive line is one of 2019’s “points of curiosity/interest” for me.

  2. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Aug 16, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Welp back to worrying about OL depth.

    Joel Honigford to OT was news to me. I don’t feel great about him and Hayes as top backups at all. Sounds like a Trente Jones could draw in if needed. Spanellis is more of interior player but might be the best option.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Aug 16, 2019 at 9:31 AM

      I really hope kicking Bredeson out to OT isn’t the best option if a tackle goes down. Thought shuffling days were behind us.

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      je93
      Aug 16, 2019 at 10:29 AM

      Hayes & Honigford shouldn’t be too bad, so long as Steuber is back before conference play

      But yeah, the anxiety over our OL is definitely justified

    • Thunder
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      Aug 16, 2019 at 10:50 AM

      Spanellis isn’t a tackle. They would probably bump Bredeson out to OT before doing that.

      I’m still not that worried. Honigford, Filiaga, Spanellis, etc. are all solid backups, and Michigan brought in a good freshman class. This is the deepest OL at Michigan in a long time. Obviously an injury to Stueber isn’t good news, but I’m not that concerned overall.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Aug 16, 2019 at 12:39 PM

        Strong depth inside. Without Steuber tackle is a weak spot. I know Bredeson is a good player but moving him outside would be bad.

        I certainly hope Steuber can return to the field this year but doesn’t sound like it’s imminent.

        • Thunder
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          Aug 16, 2019 at 12:43 PM

          You say it would be bad, but I don’t necessarily agree. We’ve seen other guys who are less talented (Jon Runyan, by recruiting standards) or smaller (Mason Cole) play just fine at tackle.

          • Lanknows
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            Lanknows
            Aug 16, 2019 at 12:56 PM

            Cole started off at tackle and moved back. During that period there were problems consistently on the OL.

            Runyan did emerge but not until his senior year. Meanwhile guys like JBB were starting.

            It’s not going to be a disaster like in years past but it take a plus unit to an average one. The whole notion of this OL being maybe the best in the conference is that the interior trio is proven and NFL-caliber. You start shuffling people around and that’s not going to be the case anymore.

            Spanellis has been OK but this team was still starting JBB most of the year and Steuber ahead of him. Filiaga and Honigford haven’t done anything — it might be one of the freshman coming in at OG given the raves.

            • Thunder
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              Aug 16, 2019 at 1:04 PM

              Yeah, they were starting JBB and Stueber ahead of him…because Spanellis isn’t a tackle, like I said. A fifth year senior Bushell-Beatty was a better tackle than redshirt sophomore Spanellis was a guard. That’s not that surprising.

              • Lanknows
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                Lanknows
                Aug 16, 2019 at 1:29 PM

                Agree but neither is Bredeson. It remains to be seen that if the situation arises Michigan would do anything different than what they chose to do in 2018 Bredeson at OG and a semi-liability at OT over Spanellis and moving Bredeson to OT.

            • Thunder
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              Aug 16, 2019 at 1:05 PM

              Yes, there were consistent problems on the OL – because the OL wasn’t good. That wasn’t due to Cole not being able to get the job done.

              • Lanknows
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                Lanknows
                Aug 16, 2019 at 1:32 PM

                Yeah I’m not knocking Cole, but the way he was used to plug holes across the line was problematic. I hope that is behind us.

                I did forget that Bredeson also began his career at OT – battling Newsome through the 2016 camp. Still – it’s probably meaningful that he didn’t move back to OT when Newsome went down.

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