ANN ARBOR—Redshirt freshman Erik Magnuson had a strong showing at right tackle when he came on the field Saturday at Penn State in place of Michael Schofield who took over at left tackle when Taylor Lewan went down in the first half.
Magnuson impressed enough in fact that Michigan coach Brady Hoke says the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder is firmly in the mix and getting reps at left guard in practice.
“A little bit,” Hoke said of Magnuson’s work at left guard. “He hasn’t done it a lot but he’s a really athletic guy and he did some good things the other night that warrant trying to get the best five on the field.”
Redshirting a year ago to add weight to his slender frame, Magnuson has made significant strides in adding enough weight to get on the football field.
But if Hoke has his way, Magnuson will be even stronger when it’s all said and done.
“He’s got a quickness to him,” Hoke said. “He’s got good feet. That’s why we recruited him as a left tackle, because of his athleticism.
“What has kept him away from it as much as anything is he needs strength gains and unlike some of the guys, a guy like Kyle Bosch, who’s been in the weight room a lot -- Kyle wasn’t exactly a three sport athlete. Mags played lacrosse also so the lifting and all that kind of stuff.”
Asked whether or not he envisions any changes to the starting lineup on the offensive line this week against Indiana, Hoke left open that possibility.
“We’ll see,” he said. “Guys are working hard.”
Hoke says senior captain and left tackle Taylor Lewan is expected to start against Indiana after experience a couple of “boo boo’s” at Penn State.