A unit that yielded 25 sacks on the season and also could never really gain ground in the run game either, finishing 11th in the Big Ten at 125.7 yards per game. And despite having two future NFL lineman in Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield, the unit struggled. And mostly due to the inexperienced interior play.
With Lewan and Schofield no longer available, this year's unit is one of the youngest in college football. And if Michigan were to name a starting five today, the unit would consist of mostly redshirt sophomore's and freshman.
However, that could be a good thing, says redshirt sophomore Kyle Kalis, who is expected to be one of the starting guards this fall.
"I think it's up to us to have a chance to come together as our line," Kalis said. "Last year it was (Schofield and Lewan's) line. It was their deal. They were the leaders and stuff. And now, It's kind of cool for us five, all the young guys. The oldest guy being Graham (Glasgow).
"But it's cool for us five to be able to come together and try to lead each other – and like be our own line, to create our own identify. So far, I think it's going really well."
Kyle Bosch, who started as a true freshman last season, says this year's group is closer because they are all the same age – a common variable that helps this year's unit bond more.
"We all hangout on the weekends. We all go see movies together. We all eat together. And it's not that we didn't do that with Taylor and Mike, It's just that it's easier to do now," Bosch said. "Because Taylor and Mike had serious relationships with their girlfriends, and we're all just a bunch of fat idiots hanging out enjoying ourselves."
The struggles of last season are consistent reminder to Kalis, who admitted he did "over think" at times last year, but says he is "definitely motivated" heading into next fall.
"Oh, you can't ignore it, you can't ignore it," Kalis said. "The past is the past. But for me personally, it's definitely a motivator. I want to be a better player then I was last year. There were some thing I did at the end of the year last year I thought were really good, coach thought was really good. But obviously, It's not nowhere near enough. Not good enough, we didn't beat Ohio (State), we didn't achieve the goals we wanted to."
U-M plays its annual spring game on April 5 at 2 p.m. at the Michigan stadium.