Michigan pondering options at left tackle in Grant Newsome's absence

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh discusses Michigan's options at left tackle as Grant Newsome is out for the remainder of the season.

After losing sophomore Grant Newsome to a serious knew injury over the weekend, Michigan finds themselves dipping into the reserves to attempt to find a replacement.

Newsome, who has held his own after two years on campus, is a loss on the line from an experience standpoint. His absence means that the Wolverines must regroup and move forward. Now, U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh is tasked with finding a replacement for Newsome. Something he is going to figure out sooner rather than later.

"We'll see," Harbaugh said. "We'll assess as the week goes on what the best [options are]."

The Wolverines' first option off the bench was redshirt sophomore Juwann Bushell-Beatty. While it appears that he is likely to be the leading candidate to replace Newsome this season, Harbaugh also admits that there are other options that could fill the void. Including shuffling players elsewhere on the line.

"Definitely Juwann is our Plan A," Harbaugh said. "Also, Ben Braden could move to tackle. Mason Cole could even move to tackle. We'll see what the different options are, we'll find out this week."

If the Wolverines do intent to shuffle Cole's position, it is likely that Patrick Kugler would become center and there's an opportunity for Ben Bredenson to step in at left guard as well.

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