ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan football program released its long-awaited depth on Monday.
As expected, a lot of questions remain unanswered.
During his press conference last week, U-M coach Jim Harbaugh wasn’t sure whether a definitive starting quarterback will be named and said it would be likely the depth chart featured “OR’s” on it to separate starters.
He did not disappoint, as there were approximately 16 of them listed on the chart.
At quarterback, there is still not a definitive starter. Junior Shane Morris is listed with graduate senior Jake Rudock with an “or” separated between the two. Junior De’Veon Smith is listed as the starting running back with Derrick Green or Ty Isaac being his backup. The wide receiver position does not feature a starter, with one side featuring Amara Darboh or redshirt freshman Drake Harris as the starter and the other features Jehu Chesson or true freshman Grant Perry.
At offensive line, the starting five has been close to set since spring with left tackle Mason Cole, left guard Ben Braden, center Graham Glasgow, right guard Kyle Kalis and right tackle Erik Magnuson.
The defensive line has shifted things around a little bit due to the absence of Brian Mone. Willie Henry is listed as a defensive end, Ryan Glasgow is the nose tackle, Chris Wormley is the defensive tackle and Mario Ojemudia will assume the BUCK linebacker role. The linebackers do not have any surprises with Desmond Morgan, Joe Bolden and James Ross named the starting three. Jourdan Lewis and Channing Stribling, a surprise name, are the starting cornerbacks. Jarrod Wilson and Jabrill Peppers are U-M’s starting free safeties.
The special teams does not have a clear starter. With both punter and kicker separated by “or’s.”
Whether the depth chart holds up for Thursday’s clash with Utah remains to be seen. However, if one thing is certain, Harbaugh is still trying to enforce the element of surprise.