Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Mike Sainristil. Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis promised Michigan fans #speedinspace when he was hired. During the spring and then the summer, Jim Harbaugh said Sainristil was the starter at the H receiver position. We’re three games into the 2019 season, and the supposedly healthy Sainristil has yet to touch the ball even once. Not on jet sweeps. Not on screens. Not on kick returns or punt returns. Not on downfield shots.
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I know it’s a little bit late in the game, but back in the spring, I didn’t have time to review all the senior film for Michigan’s 2019 signees and give them updated TTB Ratings. I did that during the 2019 Season Countdown, so here are the final TTB Ratings for the class of 2019.
S Daxton Hill: 100 He’s the best safety in the class, though it’s an unimpressive safety class overall.
RB Zach Charbonnet:83 90 As long as he can get/stay healthy, Charbonnet has the potential to be a high draft pick in the future.
DT Chris Hinton, Jr.: 90 He should be an early contributor with high long-term upside.
For your viewing pleasure, here’s a comprehensive list of Michigan’s commitments who were selected for the All-American Bowl (formerly the U.S. Army All-American Bowl). The next All-American Bowl will be on January 4, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in San Antonio, TX.
J.J. McCarthy, QB – La Grange Park, IL**
A.J. Henning, WR – Frankfort, IL**
Jordan Morant, S – Oradell, NJ**
R.J. Moten, S – Delran, NJ**
Kalel Mullings, LB – Milton, MA**
Daxton Hill, S – Tulsa, OK
Chris Hinton, DE – Norcross, GA
Cornelius Johnson, WR – Greenwich, CT
Hit the jump for the rest of the U.S. Army Bowl participants to play for Michigan since 2001.
Name: Chris Hinton, Jr. Height: 6’4″ Weight: 285 lbs. High school: Norcross (GA) Greater Atlanta Christian Position: Defensive tackle Class: Freshman Jersey number: #74 Last year: Hinton was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 49 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. TTB Rating: 90
Welcome to the part of the countdown that gets into the guys Michigan really needs to be successful in 2019. From the start of the countdown until yesterday, I think the players I listed were important but not critical to Michigan’s team performance.
Hinton is the countdown’s highest ranked freshman defender. The Wolverines lost three defensive tackles from last year, and despite a flirtation with Rice grad transfer Zach Abercrumbia (who has ended up at SMU, by the way), no reinforcements were imported from other programs. Of the two true tackles in the 2019 class (Hinton and Mazi Smith), one almost has to be in the two-deep, and I project that to be Hinton. I believe Michigan has three solid players with Carlo Kemp, Donovan Jeter, and Michael Dwumfour, but Jeter missed 2018 due to injury and Dwumfour is constantly nursing nagging issues.
Smith enrolled early and has lost 25-30 pounds. Hinton arrived on campus in June, and his body composition is as yet unknown. He lit it up at the All-American Bowl playing defensive tackle – not strongside end, like some thought early on – and needs to be ready to play this fall. Listed at 285 pounds, my hope is that he has reshaped his body some, added some muscle, and maybe even put on some weight overall. There were times during his senior year where he was loafing (SENIOR HIGHLIGHTS); whether that was because he was worn out from playing too many snaps, I don’t know. Whatever the reason, the Wolverines need him to eat up some of the snaps on the interior defensive line in 2019.
Every year I take a look at the prospects from that class who have famous fathers (usually athletes) and are signing with big-time college football programs. Here’s a look back over the years (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012).