Magnuson: frosh O-Line 'best' he's seen

Fifth year senior Erik Magnuson says Michigan's freshman offensive lineman are the "best" group he's seen.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As he enters his fifth and final season at Michigan, Erik Magnuson has seen his fair share of top offensive line recruits join him on U-M’s football team.

While they’ve all been heralded out of high school, this year’s freshman class of Ben Bredeson, Michael Onwenu and Stephan Spanellis, has stood above the rest, says Magnuson.

“All the freshman have looked pretty impressive,” Magnuson said.

“This is a really good freshman class. It’s probably the best since I’ve been here that I’ve seen as far talent goes and everything like that. They’ve been in classes and stuff up to this point, trying to learn the playbook, figure out the speed and do classes is tough (and) difficult, but at the same time, they’re all doing a good job.”

What are the biggest challenges a typical freshman offensive lineman can face?

“I think it’s a combination of learning the playbook and also speed,” Magnuson said. “Speed of the game is lot different than high school.”

Magnuson says Michigan has a “solid” 10 players or more in its depth chart at offensive line, and if called upon, he says a freshman could play if needed this season.  

“Hope that doesn’t happen,” Magnuson said. “But if did, I think we’re pretty deep and confident in everybody’s abilities.”

Michigan opens its season with Hawaii on Sept. 3.

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