2023 Season Countdown: #60 T.J. Guy

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24Jul 2023
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2023 Season Countdown: #60 T.J. Guy

T.J. Guy (image via MGoBlue)

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Name: T.J. Guy
Height: 
6’4″
Weight: 
246 lbs.
High school: 
Mansfield (MA) Mansfield
Position: 
Defensive end
Class: 
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: 
#42
Last year: 
I ranked Guy #50 and said he would be a backup defensive end (LINK). He made 4 tackles.
TTB Rating:
 65

Guy seems to be steadily progressing in his career. After playing in two games as a freshman, he played in ten total contests last fall, including six on defense. He came into college with some questions about where he should play – end or tackle – but he’s been hovering in the 240s for his entire career so far.

The outlook for 2023 is perhaps a little brighter than it was in 2022. Mike Morris, Taylor Upshaw, and Eyabi Okie have all moved on from his position group. Josaiah Stewart, Jaylen Harrell, Braiden McGregor, and Derrick Moore are probably going to make up the top four edges, so Guy will be battling Kechaun Bennett, Tyler McLaurin, and freshman to get the other snaps available. While Bennett flashed a little bit in the spring, Guy has been more trusted by the coaches when it comes to live games over the past couple years, so I’m giving Guy the nod in the race for playing time.

Prediction: Backup defensive end

25Jul 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #50 T.J. Guy

T.J. Guy (image via MGoBlue)

Name: T.J. Guy
Height:
6’5″
Weight:
251 lbs.
High school:
Mansfield (MA) Mansfield
Position:
Defensive end
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#42
Last year:
I ranked Guy #86 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in two games and made 2 tackles and 1 sack.
TTB Rating:
65

When Guy came in as a recruit, his future position was up in the air. Don Brown probably would have turned him into a defensive tackle, but Mike Macdonald made him a stand-up defensive end. He was a way down the depth chart, but he still got some playing time since Michigan blew out a few teams. He managed to make a sack against Maryland while playing in two games and keeping his redshirt.

I heard positive things about Guy in the spring. He’s not lighting the world on fire, but he’s continuing his progression, hopefully into a useful contributor in the next year or two. Defensive end should be manned by Mike Morris, Braiden McGregor, Taylor Upshaw, and/or Julius Welschof this fall. There’s not a star in that group, but there are lots of solid options, and the hope is that somebody steps up and stands out. It will be very, very interesting to see who steps up to replace all-time sacks leader Aidan Hutchinson and the speedy, athletic David Ojabo as pass rushers.

Prediction: Backup defensive end

1Apr 2022
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What to Watch in the Spring Game

Will Johnson

The spring game will be shown on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, April 2, at 12:00 p.m.

Here are a few things I’ll be curious to watch:

WHO TAKES OVER FOR HASSAN HASKINS?
Michigan needs to replace its leading rusher and toughest back in Hassan Haskins, a 6’1″, 220-pounder who is off to the NFL after rushing for 1,327 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2021. The Wolverines have two very talented running backs left, Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards, but neither one has proven to be a bruiser or short yardage back. They have home run speed but were listed at 200 and 202 pounds, respectively, last season. Redshirt freshman Tavierre Dunlap (6’0″, 222) might be able to step into the role as a big back, but does he have the instincts and power that Haskins showed? Michigan doesn’t need a leading rusher – that will be Corum or Edwards – but they need someone who can pound the ball inside.

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18Jun 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #86 T.J. Guy

T.J. Guy (image via The Wolverine)

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Name: T.J. Guy
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
240 lbs.
High school:
Mansfield (MA) Mansfield
Position:
Defensive tackle
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Guy was a senior in high school. His season was canceled due to COVID.
TTB Rating:
65

My take on Guy when he committed in April 2020 has not changed a great deal since then. That is at least in part due to the fact that his senior season was wiped out by COVID, so I’m still working off of his junior film. Guy was a relatively lightly recruited defensive lineman from Don Brown’s stomping grounds, and the Wolverines held onto him even though Brown departed for the greener pastures of Arizona.

Guy plays too high, and he lacks technique. How much better did that technique get when he couldn’t play for the past year? I do like Guy and think he could be a good jumbo track and field athlete, a guy who could probably run pretty well, do the hurdles, and throw discus. But as a football player, he’s still a very large project. Unless he has undergone a mental/technical overhaul in the past year, I fully expect him to redshirt while he continues to learn the game.

Prediction: Redshirt

16Mar 2021
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Class of 2021: Historical Recruiting Comparisons

J.J. McCarthy (image via SI)

In case you’re not aware, I have a list of every Michigan recruit going back 20+ years and their rankings (LINK).

Below you will find each 2021 recruit and his closest ranked comparison by position in Michigan history. This might help boost – or temper – some expectations for what we will see from the class.

Hit the jump for the comparisons.

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