2018 Season Countdown: #90 Carl Myers

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12Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #90 Carl Myers

Carl Myers

Name: Carl Myers
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 268 lbs.
High school: Grand Rapids (MI) West Catholic
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #54
Last year: I ranked Myers #60 and said he would be a backup defensive tackle (LINK). He did not see game action.

Myers is the type of guy I would have liked to have seen in spring game action, but alas, there was no spring game in 2018. He’s a bit of a strange case, because he played defensive line as a true freshman walk-on in 2016, which is almost unheard of. Like, he actually stepped on the field. In a game.

And then nothing in 2017.

Is he still 268 lbs.? I dunno. Was he injured in 2017? I dunno. Is he still on the roster? Yes.

Michigan was just fine in 2017 without him, and almost everyone returns in 2018 except for nose tackle Maurice Hurst, Jr. So I’m dropping Myers down 30 spots, and we’ll see what happens this year. Lawrence Marshall has been playing better at 3-tech defensive tackle, and that’s a spot where Myers would possibly have been able to step in if there was a need.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

12Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #91 Taylor Upshaw

Taylor Upshaw

Name: Taylor Upshaw
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 240 lbs.
High school: Bradenton (FL) Braden River
Position: Defensive end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #91
Last year: Upshaw was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 33 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and 1 interception for a touchdown.

Upshaw is the son of a former NFL defensive lineman in Regan Upshaw. The younger Upshaw was originally committed to Florida, but the uncertain coaching situation (which resulted in Florida head coach Jim McElwain getting fired and, ultimately, becoming a Michigan assistant) led to his decommitment. He flipped to the Wolverines and enrolled early in January.

In light of the early enrollment, it seems that buzz would have started already this spring if Upshaw showed signs of being an early contributor. I have heard zero buzz about Upshaw, which is frankly what I expected when I gave him a TTB Rating of 62. That’s not to say the 62 will be his ceiling throughout his career, but his high school film shows a guy who seems very raw. It would take a huge leap for him to see the field much this season, if at all. He plays like a strongside end or even a guy who might be a 3-tech defensive tackle, and being 240 lbs. isn’t a great sign, either. Next year might be a different story, but for now, he looks like a non-factor for 2018.

Prediction: Redshirt

10Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #92 Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Name: Andrew Robinson
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 221 lbs.
High school: Troy (MI) Athens
Position: Long snapper
Class: Fifth year senior
Jersey number: #49
Last year: I ranked Robinson #32 and said he would be the starting long snapper (LINK). He snapped for punts, field goals, and PATs in two games.

Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to long snappers. Scott Sypniewski got hurt two years ago, and Robinson stepped in flawlessly. I expected him to be the starter in 2017, and Camaron Cheeseman took those duties. Robinson stepped in for a couple games and once again did a good job, but Cheeseman returns in 2018. I assume Cheeseman will keep the starting job as the incumbent, but who knows? At least Michigan appears to have at least two good options at long snapper, since both of them have played significant time without more than a slight hiccup.

Prediction: Backup long snapper

6Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #93 Sammy Faustin

Sammy Faustin (image via Naples Talon)

Name: Sammy Faustin
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 190 lbs.
High school: Naples (FL) Naples
Position: Safety
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Faustin was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 36 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and 3 pass breakups.

Faustin was a relatively unheralded recruit out of Florida whose 4.63 forty didn’t wow many observers. More impressively, he claimed a bench press of 305 lbs. and a squat of 385 lbs. What do those numbers represent? They seem to indicate a kid who can be physically imposing but who won’t make a ton of game-changing plays at the next level. Faustin has had some injury issues in high school, which have perhaps limited his production. Even so, the film makes him look like a safety, despite playing cornerback in high school.

Michigan needs reinforcements at safety, and those reinforcements could come in the form of Faustin. Physically, he’s close to being ready for college with his height, weight, and strength. The position change from corner to safety could take some time, and he will have to become proficient with his reads and technique to make up for some mediocre athleticism. The Wolverines have a few decent options at safety already, including senior Tyree Kinnel and junior Josh Metellus, plus Utah transfer Casey Hughes. I don’t see Faustin playing a key role this season, and I would expect him to redshirt, but there’s a chance for him to get some mop-up snaps or special teams duty.

Prediction: Redshirt

5Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #94 Luke Schoonmaker

Luke Schoonmaker (image via Youtube)

Name: Luke Schoonmaker
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 229 lbs.
High school: Hamden (CT) Hamden Hall
Position: Tight end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Schoonmaker was a senior in high school (LINK). He caught 22 passes for 343 yards and 1 touchdown. He also ran 34 times for 306 yards and 1 touchdown, and he was 18/37 for 201 yards and 2 touchdowns passing.

Connecticut isn’t known for its football, and that’s why you find a 6’6″, 229 lb. guy playing both quarterback and tight end at his high school. Throughout his career at Hamden Hall, Schoonmaker was a guy who had to run the ball, throw the ball, and catch passes. He was actually much more productive as a junior, but he was not needed as much to play quarterback during his final season.

Schoonmaker will probably be good at Michigan because all tight ends at Michigan are good unless they fizzle out before they get to see the field. Michigan features tight ends, and this staff doesn’t recruit subpar athletes like, ahem, some other coaches have. But Schoonmaker isn’t a great blocker at this point, and he doesn’t have the size to be effective in that area right now. Furthermore, Michigan already has some good all-around tight ends and some good pass receivers at the position, so Schoonmaker should be able to redshirt. Once Zach Gentry and Sean McKeon matriculate after 2018 or 2019, that should open up the door for Schoonmaker to make a good impact on the field.

Prediction: Redshirt