The 2019 Season Countdown is Coming!

The 2019 Season Countdown is Coming!


April 21, 2019
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If you’re a regular here at Touch the Banner, you probably know what begins in the month of May. Every year since 2009, I have counted down from the least important player on that year’s roster to the most important player, including starters, scholarship players, preferred walk-ons, special teams players, student body walk-ons, and everyone in between. That’s right, this is the eleventh (11th!) annual season countdown.

In case you want a look back at last year’s countdown, here it is (LINK).

YEARLY DISCLAIMER: The countdown is by the player’s importance to the team, not his overall talent. A talented player at a deep position won’t necessarily be missed a lot if he gets injured, but an injury to a moderately talented player at a thin position could be devastating. For example, former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight wasn’t supremely talented, but backups John O’Korn and Brandon Peters mostly struggled in his absence, resulting in a dropoff from 10-3 to 8-5 from 2016 to 2017.

Be ready for the countdown to begin on May 1.

5 comments

  1. 17years
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    17years
    Apr 21, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    “A talented player at a deep position won’t necessarily be missed a lot if he gets injured”
    WR’s fit in here. Maybe safeties too.

    “an injury to a moderately talented player at a thin position could be devastating”
    Interior DLs fit in here.

    O linemen are in the in between of the two categories. That is a first since Jim Harbaugh has been at Michigan. I hope they keep Ed Warinner happy. He says the O Line is prepared 3 deep at all positions. What a coach he must be.

  2. 17years
    Comments: 197
    Joined: 2/6/2018
    17years
    Apr 21, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    I’m curious where you’ll have true freshmen Daxton Hill, Chris Hinton, Mazi Smith, Nolan Rumler, Trevor Keegan, Cornelius Johnson, Mike Sainristil, and Cade McNamara.

    I am also personally wondering, seriously, not kidding here, if Shea Patterson and Dylan McCaffrey both get injured if there will be a strong temptation by coaches Harbaugh, McDaniels, and Gattis to burn Cade McNamara’s redshirt.

  3. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Apr 21, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Look forward to reading it every year. Congrats on 10 years.

  4. Avatar
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    Julio
    Apr 21, 2019 at 9:12 PM

    Sweet. I’ve long enjoyed the countdown. Congratulations on the anniversary. 🙂

  5. JC
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    Joined: 8/17/2015
    JC
    Apr 22, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    First thought: a QB may miss the #1 slot this year, as Shea and Dylan have shown they are both very capable QBs.

    Second thought: Who is going to be more significant loss?

    I like a lot of our OL, but I think there are a decent number of bodies there to mitigate a loss.

    DL depth is weak, but I don’t feel anyone has shown they are the guy we can’t afford to lose, yet.

    CB depth is a little lighter, after Hill and Thomas the depth chart takes a little hit. Hill will be higher up.

    RB thoughts are the same as DL.

    For LB you had Hudson at #2 last year. Uche has come on a bit and Glasgow hasn’t been a liability in Hudson’s absence which could lower that ranking, but if we have more 3-4 looks this year that could raise that ranking.

    Very excited for the countdown.

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