Name: Greg Tarr
Weight: 216 lbs.
High school: Washington (MI) Romeo
Position: Long snapper
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #45
Last year: I ranked Tarr #65 and said he would be a backup long snapper (LINK). He played in ten games and started nine of them.
TTB Rating: N/A
Here’s what I said last year when I ranked Tarr #65 in the countdown:
A backup long snapper is completely and utterly useless on game days . . . until he isn’t.
And it turned out he wasn’t completely and utterly useless, because starting long snapper William Wagner tore his ACL a month into the season. Tarr stepped in and didn’t miss a beat. Freshman preferred walk-on Evan Boutorwick never even got a sniff of the field. Sometimes a backup long snapper is noticeable, but if you told Michigan fans that Tarr started every game last season, very few would probably remember that the guy in there from October onward was a different guy.
With the advancements in medicine over the past decade or two, I expect Wagner to be back to full go by the season. When Michigan opens up against East Carolina, it will have been eleven months since Wagner tore his ACL. Most guys seem to be ready in eight or nine months these days (on the “In the Trenches” podcast, Jake Butt just talked about how his first ACL recovery only took about six months). I’m bumping Tarr up a little bit just in case Wagner has some lingering issues, but I would expect Wagner – who has been the primary starter for the past two seasons – to reclaim his job for 2023.
Prediction: Backup long snapper