Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Hassan Haskins. Haskins had 20 carries for 149 yards. This is just an affirmation of his fantastic overall play over the past few weeks, not necessarily a request to see him get more than 20 carries. Those 20 attempts included a 49-yard run, a highlight-reel hurdle, and lots of broken tackles. He’s averaging 6.2 yards per carry on the year.
Name: Ben Bredeson Height: 6’5″ Weight: 325 lbs. High school: Hartland (WI) Arrowhead Position: Offensive guard Class: Senior Jersey number: #74 Last year: I ranked Bredeson #8 and said he would be the starting left guard (LINK). He started all thirteen games. TTB Rating: 88
Bredeson has progressed steadily as a player throughout his career. We probably didn’t want him to start as a freshman in 2016, but injuries made it necessary. Then he was a definite starter in 2017 but still made mistakes of inexperience. Last year he became a very solid lineman. Bredeson makes very few mistakes, and he’s a wall. He’s not exactly a bulldozer of a lineman, but he’s not going to get embarrassed, either.
This year I think his leadership and talent make him the top offensive lineman and the most important guy on offense who’s not a quarterback. Michigan has decent options on the interior offensive line, but if the Wolverines want to win the Big Ten – or more – then they need Bredeson to play and play well. The Wolverines don’t have enough to coast through with some big injuries, but if guys like Bredeson, Ruiz, Shea Patterson, and others can stay healthy, they have a chance. And if Michigan does make some noise by winning the conference or going to the College Football Playoff, I think it will be because their left guard – and a couple others – stayed healthy and led them there.
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Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s time! Fighting in the maize and blue corner, it’s . . . the 2019 season predictions. You can check out my 2018 season predictions and how they fared here (LINK).
LEADING RUSHER I am not confident in this pick whatsoever, but I’m sticking with what I predicted a couple weeks ago: Tru Wilson edges out Zach Charbonnet. Charbonnet is the most talented back to land at Michigan in years, if not decades, so I’m very willing to be wrong on this one. In fact, I want to be wrong. Please prove me wrong by rushing for 850 yards, Zach Charbonnet… Prediction: Tru Wilson, 700 yards
Hit the jump for the rest of the prognostications.