2018 Season Countdown: #115 Ryan Veingrad

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2May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #115 Ryan Veingrad

Ryan Veingrad (image via CBS Sports)

Name: Ryan Veingrad
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 248 lbs.
High school: Boca Raton (FL) Spanish River
Position: Tight end
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #94
Last year: I did not rank Veingrad. He redshirted.

Veingrad happens to be a decent walk-on who perhaps picked a poor destination to come play tight end. Michigan recruits and develops some good tight ends, but he finds himself on a roster with several other good players with better measureables. Veingrad played tight end, offensive tackle, and defensive end in high school. After some time in the weight room, I believe he could be effective at Michigan like several former walk-on tight ends. The question is whether he will ever be able to break through the wall of TEs ahead of him, including Sean McKeon, Zach Gentry, Nick Eubanks, and Tyrone Wheatley, Jr., not to mention some young guys with upside. He will probably find himself limited to scout team duty this season.

In case you don’t remember, Veingrad also beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma (LINK), so there’s an extra reason for him to get on the field in Michigan Stadium.

Prediction: Backup tight end

1May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #116 Tyler Plocki

Tyler Plocki (image via Twitter)

Name: Tyler Plocki
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 219 lbs.
High school: Saline (MI) Saline
Position: Fullback
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #49
Last year: I did not rank Plocki. He redshirted.

Plocki is a walk-on who did not play last season. Michigan has a void at fullback after the co-starters – Khalid Hill and Henry Poggi – graduated. The likely replacement is sophomore Ben Mason, who hurt his knee during spring ball. Michigan will be trying to find a backup fullback or two, and after incoming freshman Ben VanSumeren, things get murky. Plocki will have a chance to earn a role, though I think it’s unlikely he ends up in the top three at fullback.

Here are Plocki’s high school highlights for a reference point:

26Apr 2018
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The 2018 Season Countdown is Coming

Kekoa Crawford (image via GBMWolverine)

It has been a yearly tradition ’round these parts to count down to the season with a full accounting of every scholarship player and several walk-ons. This year will be no different. In the coming weeks, you will see a countdown of roughly 100 Michigan football players, from least important to most important for 2018 team success. Here’s a link to last year’s countdown, if you’re interested (LINK).

This is my annual caveat: The countdown looks at players from a perspective of value, so a good player at a deep position may not be ranked as highly as high as an equally good player in a shallow position. Luckily, Michigan has pretty good roster balance at this point without being dangerously thin at any one position, though it’s unclear which offensive tackles – if any – will step up to play well.

Feel free to make your case for your guy(s) here.

The countdown begins on May 1, 2018.