The Essential List: Michael Heitz

A look at Michael Heitz -- one of a select group of players essential to Illinois this spring.

Michael Heitz - Offensive linemen - 6-5, 305, Senior

The Word: Heitz is a versatile linemen that has 35 career starts and has practiced at every spot on the line. In 2013, he was most effective at left guard, but at times had to slide over to tackle.

2013: Started all 12 games, logging time at guard and tackle

Expectation: We could certainly call Heitz Mr. Utility. He's played enough minutes at enough spots to earn that distinction. Last season it became clear that guard is where he's best suited. He's just not quite quick enough to play tackle. It is nice, though, to have a player that can do it all if the need springs up and that's what Heitz provides. He's like a catch-all, that alleviates some pressure on the coaches who may hesitate to throw in young, less experienced players into the fire.

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