2022 Season Countdown: #47 Reece Atteberry

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30Jul 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #47 Reece Atteberry

Reece Atteberry (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Reece Atteberry
Height:
6’5″
Weight:
307 lbs.
High school:
Aurora (CO) Eaglecrest
Position:
Offensive guard
Class:
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
#74
Last year:
I ranked Atteberry #51 and said he would be a backup center (LINK). He played in eight games.
TTB Rating:
74

Atteberry was recruited in 2020 as an interior lineman. Originally thought to be a center, it appears that experiment may have mostly ended in 2021 when freshman Greg Crippen passed him off the bat. Andrew Vastardis started, Crippen backed him up, and starting right guard Zak Zinter also practiced some at center. So when Atteberry got a chance to get on the field, it was either at right guard or on special teams.

The 2022 season probably won’t be a whole lot different for Atteberry. Instead of Vastardis starting at center, it will be transfer Olu Oluwatimi. Michigan brings back the rest of its starting offensive line except for right tackle Andrew Stueber, and Atteberry doesn’t have the ability to slide outside. So Atteberry should once again be looking at backing up Zinter at right guard and perhaps Trevor Keegan at left guard, but if someone were to go down for an extended period of time, I would expect Karsen Barnhart to be the primary backup at either tackle or guard spot.

Prediction: Backup offensive guard

17Feb 2022
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Polynesian Bowl participants: Michigan

Oakley (CA) Freedom WR Giles Jackson (image via Oregon Live))

The fourth annual Polynesian Bowl will be played in Honolulu, HI, in January of 2020. Here are the Michigan participants over the years:

2022
Zeke Berry, S – Concord, CA
Mason Graham, DT – Anaheim, CA

2021
J.J. McCarthy, QB – La Grange Park, IL**

2020
Reece Atteberry, C – Aurora, CO
A.J. Henning, WR – Frankfort, IL
Braiden McGregor, DE – Port Huron, MI**
Jordan Morant, S – Oradell, NJ**
Kalel Mullings, LB – Milton, MA
Gregory Tarr, LS – Romeo, MI

2019
Giles Jackson, WR – Freedom, CA

2018
None

2017
Chuck Filiaga, OT – Aledo, TX
Corey Malone-Hatcher, DE – St. Joseph, MI**
Dylan McCaffrey, QB – Littleton, CO
Phillip Paea, DT – Berrien Springs, MI
Joshua Ross, LB – Orchard Lake, MI
Kurt Taylor, RB – Loganville, GA

*Scheduled to play in the upcoming game

**Selected but not participating due to injury/early enrollment

20Jul 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #51 Reece Atteberry

Reece Atteberry (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Reece Atteberry
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 284 lbs.
High school: Aurora (CO) Eaglecrest
Position: Center
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #74
Last year: I ranked Atteberry #103 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating: 74

Atteberry surprised me a little bit last season. He was the lowest-ranked scholarship player in the countdown, but he ended up playing in one game on special teams against Minnesota. Usually you want big, beefy guys on the field goal protection unit, and at 284 pounds, Atteberry was not one of the biggest or beefiest guys available. But he got on the field, so good for him. That probably means the coaches were pleased with what they saw out of him in summer/fall practice.

This off-season Atteberry has been mixed in the talk about the center position. At one point I heard a rumor that he was a possible starter, but I found that to be very surprising. As the spring and summer have progressed, there has been more talk about Zak Zinter playing center. With Andrew Vastardis, Raheem Anderson II, Greg Crippen, and Nolan Rumler all also available, there’s no shortage of bodies. My guess is that it will be Zinter at #1, Vastardis as the primary backup, and then other guys filling in at center and/or guard on occasion to give them playing experience for when Vastardis graduates or for when a guard spot opens up, perhaps allowing Zinter to slide one way or the other.

Prediction: Backup center

17May 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #103 Reece Atteberry

Reece Atteberry

Name: Reece Atteberry
Height:
6’5″
Weight:
280 lbs.
High school:
Aurora (CO) Eaglecrest
Position:
Center
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Atteberry was a senior in high school (LINK). He was ranked as a 3-star, the #9 center, and #437 overall.
TTB Rating:
85 74

And here we have the first scholarship player on the 2020 Season Countdown. On the plus side for Atteberry, he enters a good situation at Michigan with an offensive line coach who is well respected and just got four players drafted to the NFL. Atteberry is also a player who could use some physical and technical development, and with players ahead of him, he won’t be forced into action too soon. He spent his senior year playing left tackle, so playing center or even guard will require some adjustments.

What might prove unfortunate for Atteberry is that he has players ahead of him. Rising redshirt freshman Zach Carpenter is earning some hype at the center position, and Nolan Rumler was expected to be a center, too. Add in fifth year senior Andrew Vastardis, and there are plenty of guys ahead of Atteberry. With Carpenter and Rumler having four years of eligibility remaining, it could prove to be a long wait for Atteberry to get on the field.

Prediction: Redshirt

Hit the jump for Atteberry’s senior highlights.

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21Feb 2020
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How does the 2020 class match up with Michigan’s all-time recruits?

A.J. Henning (image via Wolverines Wire)

Michigan wrapped up a decent recruiting class earlier in February. There are no 5-star recruits, but the Wolverines got a fair share of 4-star guys. For a historical perspective on where they match up with recruits from the past, here’s a look at where they slot in all-time, according to the 247 Composite.

A.J. Henning – WR – Frankfort (IL) Lincoln-Way East
2020 ranking: #101
Historical ranking: #80 all-time at Michigan
Flanked by: RB Kareem Walker (#100 in 2016) and DT Will Johnson (#105 in 2004)
Closest positional comparisons: Toney Clemons (#96 in 2007) and Adrian Arrington (#115 in 2004)

Braiden McGregor – DE – Port Huron (MI) Northern
2020 ranking: #122
Historical ranking: #103
Tied with: WR Tarik Black (#122 in 2017)
Closest positional comparisons: Aidan Hutchinson (#112 in 2018) and Chris Wormley (#129 in 2012)

Hit the jump for more.

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