ANN ARBOR—Michigan’s offensive line could look a little different Saturday, at least according to Coach Brady Hoke.
“If we were going to kick the ball off today, Graham (Glasgow) would be the center and Chris Bryant would be the left guard,” Hoke said. “With Joey Burzynski and Kyle Bosch being a part of that mix at some point, possibly.
“Jack (Miller) has done a great job at competing but Graham would start and Jack always is ready to go.”
Citing a reason for the moves, Hoke was coy.
“Just competition,” he said. “At both positions.
After starting the first four games at left guard, Glasgow’s move to center isn’t as drastic as most would think, Hoke stating the redshirt sophomore has spent a considerable amount of time getting snaps since spring football.
Though, there is no replacement for in game experience.
“He’s played center every week too,” Hoke said of Glasgow. “Not game day but during the week.
“There are some calls that he’ll go through and that he’s done since spring. Snapping the ball, he’s done since spring. Challenges, differences probably would be the word I would use.”
Going from Miller who is listed at 6-foot-4, 290-pounds to Glasgow who is listed at 6-foot-6, 303-pounds, the difference in size is obvious, but Hoke says it’s not just that.
“I think he’s a little bigger and a little rangier -- he’s 6-5,” Hoke said. “I think the weight and the strength and all of that is a part of it too.
“Trying to put the best five on the field is always the biggest challenge.”
At left guard, Chris Bryant’s emergence has stemmed from his physicality and consistency, but most importantly, just being on the field and off the trainer’s table after suffering minor injuries for most of his young career.
“Chris has been close all year, to be honest with you,” Hoke said. “Then his knee became a problem for about three or four days and then he had a little knick in the shoulder, a boo-boo, and he’s come through that pretty well.”