2020 Season Countdown: #57 Nate Schoenle
Name: Nate Schoenle
Weight: 206 lbs.
High school: Ann Arbor (MI) Gabriel Richard
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Fifth year senior
Jersey number: #81
Last year: I ranked Schoenle #60 and said he would be a backup receiver and special teamer (LINK). He played in two games and made 1 tackle on special teams.
TTB Rating: N/A
Schoenle, Michigan’s current #1 walk-on receiver, fell off the map a bit in 2019. I suspected his role would diminish with Josh Gattis and #speedinspace, but I didn’t think he would play in only two games. What happened?
Schoenle got injured.
Schoenle was probably Michigan’s best blocking wide receiver before last year, and he was the guy Michigan would bring in to run crack tosses, letting Schoenle do the dirty work. This offense is more dependent on having receivers run RPOs rather than blocking guys straight up, but Schoenle might come in handy for a team that plans to run a lot of little guys out there like Mike Sainristil, Giles Jackson, A.J. Henning, etc. I will be at least a little interested to see how much Schoenle plays receiver when healthy, but he’s also a solid special teams guy.
Prediction: Backup wide receiver, special teamer