Jim Cnockeart on the Michigan Offense

More of our interview with The Ann Arbor News' <b>Jim Cnockeart</b>. He has some great comments that we reserved for our website subscribers on the 2003 Wolverine offense: it's headliner, it's biggest strength, it question marks, and its top newcomer.

Jim, who would you say is Michigan's Offensive Headliner this year?

"That's easy. John Navarre."

Michigan's main offensive strength?

"As I said, the offensive line." (Note: see out last interview-post with Cnockeart).

What would you say are Michigan's Offensive Question Marks?

"The main ones are tight end and fullback. You don't lose guys as productive as Bennie Joppru and B.J. Askew and not miss them. How do you replace them? You don't really. However, I'm not really worried about the tight end position. I think Tim Massaquoi will surprise people, and Andy Mignery will be solid. "

"Fullback is a little different. I'm not counting on Sean Sanderson being back. Lloyd Carr said at the end of spring practice that if the first game were right then that Kevin Dudley would be the starter. It doesn't help that incoming freshman Jim Presley will be injured through he summer. However, I have to tell you. Coach Carr made it a point at the post-Spring Practice press conference to praise (redshirt freshman) Brian Thompson. So I'm going to guess that Brian will be a good fullback this year. Otherwise, if fullback is a problem then we'll see more one-back formations with just Chris Perry back there, which is okay too. "

"That leads us to running back, which is a bit of a question mark as well -- as far as depth behind Perry goes. Will a second back step up and earn some carries -- David Underwood or else Pierre Rembert or Tim Brackins? You can't worry TOO much there though when whoever is carrying the ball will never again in their life have as good an offensive line to run behind."

"And a final question mark: can (star receiver) Braylon Edwards be consistent? Even his dad Stan told me he's GOTTA stop dropping the ball. However, I'm not too worried there. You can be sure Braylon understands what wearing uniform number "#1" means at Michigan -- his dad played with 'him' as you know -- the original #1, Anthony Carter."

Who would you says is Michigan's Top Offensive Newcomer?

"Redshirt freshman tight end Brian Thompson. Lloyd Carr loves him, just like he loved his brother, Shawn (All Big Ten tight end in 1999)."

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