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23Nov 2020
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Michigan vs. Rutgers Awards

Giles Jackson (image via Wolverines Wire)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Cade McNamara. I wasn’t quite ready after the Wisconsin game, but now I’m ready. Quarterback Cade McNamara should be the starter going forward. He went 27/36 for 260 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions, and he also ran in 1 touchdown. This happened after starter Joe Milton was 5/12 for 89 yards.

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8Jul 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #67 Julius Welschof

Julius Welschof

Name: Julius Welschof
Height:
6’6″
Weight:
278 lbs.
High school:
Germany somewhere
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#96
Last year:
I ranked Welschof #49 and said he would be a backup defensive end (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating:
78

Michigan was very inexperienced on the defensive line last year once the team got past the top five guys (the starters plus Mike Danna), so that artificially elevated Welschof into the top 50. Now without losing much along the defensive line except tackle Mike Dwumfour, Welschof settles back down to where he should have been in 2019, right here in the 60s.

Welschof is supposedly bigger and stronger this year and looking like an interior defensive lineman. Word is that he could be bound for nose tackle. He does not appear to be in the running to start, but he could work in with the second unit. We have seen very little of him to make much of a judgment, but the buzz around him makes me think we might start to see some flashes of his athleticism and strength this year.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle

16Jul 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #49 Julius Welschof

Julius Welschof (image via Wolverines Wire)

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Name: Julius Welschof
Height:
6’6″
Weight:
275 lbs.
High schoool:
Miesbach (Germany) FOS Altoetting
Position:
Defensive end
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#96
Last year:
I ranked Welscholf #82 and said he would be a backup defensive end (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating:
78

Welschof is one of the more intriguing prospects in recent years. It’s not often you land a football prospect from another country – and when you do, it’s normally Canada. But in the 2018 class, Welschof came out of nowhere to end up signing with the Wolverines. I thought he would get a few snaps against the likes of Rutgers just to show that Michigan can pull guys from non-football-playing countries and still be better than them, but he ended up redshirting.

He was listed at 253 lbs. last year, and this year he’s reportedly up to 275 lbs. Bruce Feldman detailed his athletic abilities in the 2019 “freaks” list for 2019 (LINK). Michigan lost a bunch of defensive line pieces in the past year, particularly at defensive end (Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Reuben Jones, Ron Johnson), so that catapults some guys up the list, including Welschof. I don’t think Welschof will go from redshirting to actually being a good Big Ten player, but I think he will almost be forced into action due to the inexperience on the depth chart. Aidan Hutchinson, Kwity Paye, and Mike Danna should be the big pieces of the rotation, but Michigan needs one or two other defensive ends to step up, whether it’s Welschof, Luiji Vilain, or someone else. Vilain’s injury history says to me that Welschof needs to be ranked here in the top 50 when he should ideally be somewhere in the 60s.

Prediction: Backup defensive end

20Aug 2018
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Final TTB Ratings for 2018

Aidan Hutchinson (image via Hudl)

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It’s been a long time coming because I’ve been so busy, but here are the final TTB Ratings for the class of 2018.

A note on the ratings: These are Michigan-specific ratings, so a guy who would be an instant starter at Eastern Michigan might not be quite so much of an individual standout playing against Michigan’s opponents . . . and he might even have a hard time getting on the field over some other Wolverines. It’s tricky trying to determine how the depth chart will shake out over the next three to five years, but I’m here for the heavy lifting. For more of an explanation, check out this page here (LINK).

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19Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #82 Julius Welschof

Julius Welschof (image via USA Football Blogs)

Name: Julius Welschof
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 253 lbs.
High school: Miesbach (Germany) FOS Altoetting
Position: Defensive end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Welschof was a kind of a senior in high school over in Deutschland (LINK).

Welschof is a unique case for Michigan football. This isn’t basketball, where Europeans have been taking over the NBA at some level for the past twenty years. Football has been distinctly American, and occasionally you find a Canadian with the athleticism and understanding to play high-level football in the United States. Michigan has had a few Canadians over the years, such as Renaldo Sagesse, Benjamin St-Juste, etc., but a European? This is uncharted territory.

Physically, Welschof is quite a man-child. He’s listed at 6’6″ and 253 lbs., and he can run. He’s not afraid to be physical, either. What he needs to work on are his technique and understanding of the game. As soon as that clicks, I think he can do some really great things, and he’ll have some of the best coaching available in the form of Greg Mattison. I don’t think Welschof will be needed a ton this year because there are more experienced, NFL-bound guys, but he could be a monster before all is said and done.

Prediction: Backup defensive end