Tim Drevno says Grant Newsome isn't being handed the left tackle job, mostly due to a strong camp out of Ben Bredeson.

Tim Drevno says Grant Newsome isn't being handed the left tackle job, mostly due to a strong camp out of Ben Bredeson.

Tim Drevno has said on multiple occasions he is unafraid of starting a true freshman on the offensive line.

With a track record that backs that statement up, Michigan could potentially be looking at starting a true freshman at left tackle this fall if Ben Bredeson continues to shine in fall camp.

"He's a really talented football player and can really play a lot of different spots," Drevno said. "Just like his foot turn, his speed, his quickness and just trying to figure out the best five out there and the best six or seven. 

"He's really had a nice camp and is doing a really nice job. Intelligent guy with good football awareness, can fix a problem after you tell him so it's exciting to see that."

While sophomore Grant Newsome was able to work his way into the two deep as a freshman in 2015, Bredeson's push can only be a welcomed sight as the Wolverines continue to build depth at the position.

It appears this competition will continue leading up to Michigan's season opener against Hawaii on Sept. 3.

"Both of them are very sharp, very very sharp," Drevno said. "They understand the game and have great technique, offensive line is a technique position and technique is always going to win for you. 

"The better the technique the better the player, the margin of error is very small."

While Bredeson and Newsome continue battling it out at left tackle, Drevno acknowledged if Michigan were to play a game today Erik Magnuson would start at right tackle, Kyle Kalis at right guard, Mason Cole at center and Ben Braden at left guard.

Drevno says that could always change, of course. Regardless, the Wolverines second year offensive coordinator and offensive line coach would be comfortable with Bredeson protecting the blind side if that's how the competition shakes out.

"Yeah I would," he said. "And nothing's been set at this time but we'll still keep competing at that spot and see how it all works out but he has all the skill set, the mental capacity, the physicality, all the characteristics you look for to be a starter. 

"He's a special young player and he's got a chance to have a real good future here."


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