Projected 2016 Spring Depth Chart: Defense

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28Feb 2016
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Projected 2016 Spring Depth Chart: Defense

Jabrill Peppers 800x

Jabrill Peppers

On Tuesday of last week, I posted a projected depth chart for the offense (LINK). Today I’ll take a look at the defense, which is expected to be a 4-3 with a defensive back-type player inhabiting the strongside linebacker-type role in some packages. With position previews forthcoming, I didn’t bother to elaborate on depth. Michigan is bringing in some early-impact guys on defense who should be the two-deep by the fall, but the roster is limited this spring since 22 of the incoming freshmen aren’t enrolled yet.

SDE: Chris Wormley (RS Sr.), Matt Godin (RS Sr.)

DT: Maurice Hurst Jr. (RS Jr.), Brady Pallante (RS So.)

NT: Ryan Glasgow (RS Sr.), Bryan Mone (RS So.)

WDE: Taco Charlton (Sr.), Shelton Johnson (RS Fr.), Lawrence Marshall (RS So.)

*SAM: Jabrill Peppers (RS So.), Chase Winovich (RS So.), Carlo Kemp (Fr.)

MIKE: Ben Gedeon (Sr.), Mike McCray II (RS Jr.), Reuben Jones (RS Fr.)

WILL: Noah Furbush (RS So.), Devin Bush Jr. (Fr.), Jared Wangler (RS So.)

CB: Jourdan Lewis (Sr.), Keith Washington (RS Fr.), Freddy Canteen (RS So.), Reon Dawson (RS Jr.)

CB: Jeremy Clark (RS Sr.), Channing Stribling (Sr.), Brandon Watson (RS So.)

FS: Dymonte Thomas (Sr.), Tyree Kinnel (So.)

SS: Delano Hill (Sr.), Jordan Glasgow (RS Fr.)

*Dependent on defensive package

23Feb 2016
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Projected Spring 2016 Depth Chart: Offense

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John O’Korn

Based on last season’s performances and off-season rumblings, here’s a look at how the depth chart could look this spring.

QB: John O’Korn (RS Jr.), Wilton Speight (RS So.), Shane Morris (RS Jr.), Alex Malzone (RS Fr.), Brandon Peters (Fr.)
Scoop: According to some, O’Korn would have been starting over Jake Rudock if he had been eligible last season. Regardless, O’Korn is the most experienced player coming back and has performed better than anyone else when on the field. He’s the odds-on bet to be the starter this fall. Word was that Speight passed up Morris in the middle of last season. Malzone starts out ahead of Peters just because he has an extra year in the system, although Peters has higher long-term upside.

Hit the jump for the rest of the offense.

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4Dec 2015
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Projected 2016 Depth Chart

John O’Korn (#5) with roommate and teammate Jake Rudock

I realize it’s very early for a 2016 depth chart, because Michigan hasn’t even played its bowl game yet. But it’s impossible not to look toward the future, and why not now, during the lull before the bowl? Here’s a look at how the roster might shake out for next year. I decided not to go more than three-deep, because once you get past third string, nothing really matters anymore. If things get that bad, people start changing positions (see: Strobel, Tom) or get their redshirts burned. Also, I did not go three-deep at kicker and punter, because nobody has any clue how those positions will shake out past the top guy or two.

Everyone currently on the roster is presumed to come back except a) seniors who have exhausted their eligibility and b) redshirt junior walk-ons, who usually go ahead and graduate unless a great deal of playing time is imminent. Clearly, not all roster players will return, including several you see on this chart. But such is life. Also, I included players who are currently committed to Michigan in the 2016 class, even though some will decommit and some potential contributors have yet to commit.

Hit the jump for the depth chart.

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21May 2015
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2015 Projected Depth Chart, Part Deux

Jabrill Peppers (image via

NOTE: I’m bumping this from a couple days ago since it was posted late in the day.

I originally posted a projected depth chart back in December of 2014 (LINK), but obviously, things have changed since then. Things will continue to change over the summer, as players transfer in, transfer out, quit, play their way up the list, or get injured. There are a couple projected transfers I’ll include on the list for the time being. I am not including Ondre Pipkins, who will likely go on medical scholarship. Keep in mind that some positions might fluctuate depending on what defensive package is in the game, the other team’s strengths, game situation, etc.

QB: Jake Rudock (5th), Shane Morris (Jr.), Alex Malzone (Fr.), Wilton Speight (RS Fr.), Zach Gentry (Fr.), John O’Korn (RS So.)*
FB: Joe Kerridge (5th), Sione Houma (Sr.), Brady Pallante (RS Fr.), Wyatt Shallman (RS So.)
RB: De’Veon Smith (Jr.), Ty Isaac (RS So.), Derrick Green (Jr.), Drake Johnson (RS Jr.), Karan Higdon (Fr.)
WR: Amara Darboh (RS Jr.), Jaron Dukes (RS So.), Drake Harris (RS Fr.)
WR: Jehu Chesson (RS Jr.), Maurice Ways (RS Fr.), Freddy Canteen (So.)
SR: Brian Cole (Fr.), Da’Mario Jones (RS So.), Grant Perry (Fr.)
TE: Jake Butt (Jr.), A.J. Williams (Sr.), Khalid Hill (RS So.), Ian Bunting (RS Fr.), Tyrone Wheatley Jr. (Fr.), Chase Winovich (RS Fr.)
LT: Mason Cole (So.), Logan Tuley-Tillman (RS So.), Grant Newsome (Fr.)
LG: Ben Braden (RS Jr.), David Dawson (RS So.), Dan Samuelson (RS So.)
C: Graham Glasgow (5th), Patrick Kugler (RS So.)
RG: Kyle Kalis (RS Jr.), Blake Bars (RS Jr.), Jon Runyan Jr. (Fr.)
RT: Erik Magnuson (RS Jr.), Juwann Bushell-Beatty (RS Fr.), Nolan Ulizio (Fr.), Chris Fox (RS So.)

DE: Taco Charlton (Jr.), Henry Poggi (RS So.), Shelton Johnson (Fr.), Tom Strobel (RS Jr.)
DT: Willie Henry (RS Jr.), Ryan Glasgow (RS Jr.), Bryan Mone (So.), Maurice Hurst (RS So.)
DT: Chris Wormley (RS Jr.), Matt Godin (RS Jr.)
BUCK: Mario Ojemudia (Sr.), Lawrence Marshall (RS Fr.), Reuben Jones (Fr.)
ILB: Desmond Morgan (5th), Ben Gedeon (Jr.), Noah Furbush (RS Fr.)
ILB: Joe Bolden (Sr.), Mike McCray (RS So.), Jared Wangler (RS Fr.)
OLB: James Ross III (Sr.), Royce Jenkins-Stone (Sr.), Allen Gant (RS Jr.)
CB: Jourdan Lewis (Jr.), Ross Douglas (RS So.), Terry Richardson (RS Jr.), Reon Dawson (RS So.)
CB: Wayne Lyons (5th), Brandon Watson (RS Fr.), Channing Stribling (Jr.), Keith Washington (Fr.)
FS: Jabrill Peppers (RS Fr.), Delano Hill (Jr.), Dymonte Thomas (Jr.)
SS: Jarrod Wilson (Sr.), Jeremy Clark (RS So.), Tyree Kinnel (Fr.)

P: Blake O’Neill (5th), Kenny Allen (RS So.)
K: Andrew David (Fr.)
LS: Scott Sypniewski (RS So.)
PR: Jabrill Peppers (RS Fr.), Jourdan Lewis (Jr.)
KR: Jabrill Peppers (RS Fr.), Jehu Chesson (RS Jr.), Brian Cole (Fr.)

*Must sit out 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules

14Dec 2014
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2015 Projected Depth Chart

Jake Butt might be the face of Michigan’s offense heading into 2015

Yes, I know it’s really early in the off-season. We don’t have a bowl game this year. We also don’t have a coach. But it’s never too early to start prognosticating about the 2015 season. So here’s my stab at a 2015 depth chart that will surely change between now and the spring, let alone next year’s season opener.

Some notes before jumping into it:

  • I expect Devin Funchess to declare for the NFL Draft, even though I think he would be better off returning for his senior year (EDIT: I originally posted this last week before Funchess did, indeed, declare for the draft. I bumped it to Sunday because I had a busy weekend and couldn’t post something new this morning.).
  • I expect Russell Bellomy to graduate and/or transfer.
  • I have heard of some other players leaning toward transferring, but I am keeping them on the chart for now. I think most players are in a holding pattern pending the coaching hire, anyway.

QB: Shane Morris (Jr.), Wilton Speight (RS Fr.), Russell Bellomy (5th), Alex Malzone (Fr.)
RB: Ty Isaac (RS So.), Derrick Green (Jr.), Drake Johnson (RS Jr.), De’Veon Smith (Jr.), Justice Hayes (5th)
FB: Joe Kerridge (5th), Sione Houma (Sr.), Wyatt Shallman (RS So.)
WR: Amara Darboh (RS Jr.), Maurice Ways (RS Fr.), Bo Dever (RS So.), Jaron Dukes (RS So.)
WR: Freddy Canteen (So.), Jehu Chesson (RS Jr.), Drake Harris (RS Fr.), Brian Cole (Fr.)
SR: Dennis Norfleet (Sr.), Da’Mario Jones (RS So.), Ross Douglas (RS So.)
TE: Jake Butt (Jr.), A.J. Williams (Sr.), Khalid Hill (RS So.), Keith Heitzman (5th), Ian Bunting (RS Fr.)
LT: Mason Cole (So.), Erik Magnuson (RS Jr.), Logan Tuley-Tillman (RS So.), Grant Newsome (Fr.)
LG: Graham Glasgow (5th), Kyle Bosch (RS So.), Dan Samuelson (RS So.)
C: Jack Miller (5th), Patrick Kugler (RS So.)
RG: Kyle Kalis (RS Jr.), David Dawson (RS So.), Blake Bars (RS Jr.), Jon Runyan Jr. (Fr.)
RT: Ben Braden (RS Jr.), Chris Fox (RS So.), Juwann Bushell-Beatty (RS Fr.)

SDE: Taco Charlton (Jr.), Henry Poggi (RS So.), Tom Strobel (RS Jr.)
DT: Willie Henry (RS Jr.), Chris Wormley (RS So.), Maurice Hurst Jr. (RS So.), Matthew Godin (RS Jr.)
DT: Ryan Glasgow (RS Jr.), Bryan Mone (So.), Ondre Pipkins (Sr.), Brady Pallante (RS Fr.)
WDE: Mario Ojemudia (Sr.), Lawrence Marshall (RS Fr.)
SLB: James Ross (Sr.), Royce Jenkins-Stone (Sr.), Allen Gant (RS Jr.)
MLB: Joe Bolden (Sr.), Mike McCray II (RS So.), Chase Winovich (RS Fr.), Michael Ferns (RS Fr.)
WLB: Desmond Morgan (5th), Ben Gedeon (Jr.), Noah Furbush (RS Fr.), Jared Wangler (RS Fr.)
CB: Jabrill Peppers (RS Fr.), Channing Stribling (Jr.), Reon Dawson (RS So.)
CB: Jourdan Lewis (Jr.), Terry Richardson (RS Jr.)
NB: Blake Countess (5th)
S: Jarrod Wilson (Sr.), Dymonte Thomas (Jr.), Brandon Watson (RS Fr.)
S: Delano Hill (Jr.), Jeremy Clark (RS So.), Tyree Kinnel (Fr.)

K: Andrew David (Fr.)
P: Kenny Allen (RS So.)
LS: Scott Sypniewski (RS So.)