2023 Season Countdown: #80 Tavierre Dunlap

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11Jul 2023
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2023 Season Countdown: #80 Tavierre Dunlap

Tavierre Dunlap

Name: Tavierre Dunlap
Height: 
6’0″
Weight: 
217 lbs.
High school: 
Del Valle (TX) Del Valle
Position: 
Running back
Class: 
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: 
#22
Last year: 
I ranked Dunlap #66 and said he would be a backup running back (LINK). He ran 9 times for 46 yards and caught 1 pass for 5 yards.
TTB Rating:
 59

A blog contributor recently threw out the phrase “It’s getting late early” in jest for a true freshman who might not fit what the current coaching staff wants, and that was a phrase that I was holding out until I got to the Dunlap post. Dunlap was the #237 overall player in the 2021 class, but he was part of a two-back class that included Donovan Edwards. While Edwards had some big plays in 2021 and had a standout season in 2022, Dunlap has been quietly working in as the fourth or fifth back. Last season he finished with fewer touches than Edwards, Blake Corum, freshman C.J. Stokes, walk-on Isaiah Gash, and converted linebacker Kalel Mullings. It was especially damning when Gash got some short yardage carries and some crunch-time touches against Illinois while Dunlap watched from the sideline.

Going into the 2023 season, Dunlap will certainly be behind Corum and Edwards, and I expect him to also be behind Stokes and Mullings. The real question is whether freshmen Benjamin Hall and Cole Cabana pass him up, too. Hall had a solid spring game, and Cabana is a speedster with big play ability. So far Dunlap has not shown much wiggle, speed, or power, and those skills don’t often suddenly appear in year three. I would not be surprised if this is Dunlap’s final year in a Michigan uniform before transferring. But hopefully Corum and Edwards can get their touches, put Michigan ahead, and leave a lot of reps in the third and fourth quarters for the backups to show their stuff.

Prediction: Backup running back and special teamer

9Dec 2022
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Potential Departure Candidates: Offense

Tavierre Dunlap

With the onslaught of transfer portal entries in college football, it’s inevitable that Michigan will face some more departures this off-season. Three players have already announced their intentions to transfer, and one (Cade McNamara to Iowa) has already found a landing spot. Tight ends Erick All and Louis Hansen are both headed for, ahem, greener pastures.

McNamara and All are both somewhat unique cases of players who played a lot but felt slighted in some way, but Hansen is a more typical case of a player buried on the depth chart who wants to see some light at the end of the tunnel. This post explores several players in similar situations who may find greener pastures elsewhere:

DISCLAIMER: This post is speculative in nature and not intended to encourage/discourage any player from leaving Michigan’s program. The reality is that college football is now a lot like unrestricted free agency from year to year.

RB TAVIERRE DUNLAP
Why he should stay: Every Michigan starting running back during his tenure has turned in a 1,000+ yard season, but they had to wait three or more years to do it. Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum have both turned in star performances after waiting their turn. Dunlap has done well when given a chance, averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
Why he might leave: Opportunities are limited when you’re the third string back or lower, and there’s no reason to expect much of a change in scenery for 2023. While Corum is likely headed to the NFL, Donovan Edwards is a bona fide star in the making and freshman C.J. Stokes already has many more carries (55) in one season than Dunlap has in two (16), and walk-on Isaiah Gash (19 carries, 101 yards, 2 touchdowns) even topped Dunlap in touches. When it came to the Big Ten championship game and Ohio State, Michigan decided to use a big back at times . . . but that back was the 6’2″, 232 lb. backup linebacker Kalel Mullings instead of Dunlap (6’0″, 217).

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14Jul 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #66 Tavierre Dunlap

Tavierre Dunlap (image via Twitter)

Name: Tavierre Dunlap
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
222 lbs.
High school:
Del Valle (TX) Del Valle
Position:
Running back
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#22
Last year:
I ranked Dunlap #69 and said he would be a backup running back (LINK). He played in two games and ran 7 times for 51 yards.
TTB Rating:
59

Dunlap came into the 2021 season as a true freshman trying to earn carries in a loaded backfield. That was always going to be an uphill battle with the roster Michigan had, and being a 220 pound power back with Hassan Haskins on the roster was never going to work unless Haskins got hurt. Luckily, Haskins stayed healthy and Michigan had a great season, but Dunlap appropriately stayed on the bench for most of the year. He retained his redshirt, got a little experience against Northern Illinois and Indiana, and goes into 2022 with a better chance of contributing.

Unfortunately, linebacker Kalel Mullings has entered the mix. The staff realized they would miss Haskins a bunch and wanted to make sure they had a big back ready. This spring Mullings started pulling double duty at running back in addition to linebacker, and based on the spring game, it appears to me that Mullings is ahead of Dunlap. To me it looks like Dunlap is the fourth best back on the roster, and that might change if we get a look at C.J. Stokes in the non-conference season. Dunlap should get a few carries this season, but I don’t think he will play a critical role.

Prediction: Backup running back

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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10Jul 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #69 Tavierre Dunlap

Tavierre Dunlap (image via VYPE)

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Name: Tavierre Dunlap
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
196 lbs.
High school:
Del Valle (TX) Del Valle
Position:
Running back
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Dunlap was a senior in high school (LINK).
TTB Rating:
59

Dunlap was a welcome addition to Michigan’s class in 2021. The Wolverines were pursuing Donovan Edwards hard, but Edwards waited until late in the cycle to put his name on the dotted line. But the program also needed to ensure they were going to land a back or two in the class. The writing was on the wall for Christian Turner to depart the program, Chris Evans was running out of eligibility, and the transfer of Zach Charbonnet probably took many by surprise.

Despite a healthy respect for Dunlap’s skill, I have bumped him down from a 78 to a 59 in my TTB Ratings. Dunlap ran for 100+ yards in every game but one as a senior, and his season included two 90+ yard runs. I think Dunlap is a little Chris Perry-like, and I think Mike Hart was not like Chris Perry, nor has he seemed to favor Perry-like runners in his previous stops. Edwards and Blake Corum, along with the established Hassan Haskins, are likely to keep Dunlap mired in fourth place.

Fourth place is still relevant in the running back world, though. Over Harbaugh’s five full seasons in Ann Arbor, here’s how much the fourth running back has been involved:

  • 2019: Christian Turner, 44 carries
  • 2018: Christian Turner, 20 carries
  • 2017: Kareem Walker, 20 carries
  • 2016: Karan Higdon, 72 carries
  • 2015: Ty Isaac, 30 carries

That’s an average of 37.2 carries per season, and Dunlap is the fourth and last scholarship running back on the roster. I think Dunlap will get closer to 20 carries than the 72 Higdon did in 2016, but that’s still a fairly significant role for the second-best freshman running back.

Prediction: Backup running back