ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With three offensive lineman departed due to graduation, the opportunity is there for Juwann Bushell-Beatty to take one of Michigan’s starting spots
And he’s well aware of what’s at stake.
“This is a big opportunity for me,” Bushell-Beatty said, who is entering his redshirt junior season at U-M. “I’m just trying to go out there and play as hard as I can.”
At 6-foot-6, 311-pounds, Bushell-Beatty certainly has the size to play at the collegiate level. In 2016, he was the first lineman in the game when then starting left tackle Grant Newsome ended his season with a gruesome leg injury. So he has the experience, however, he says last season he ran into some “nagging” injuries of his own which limited his development and cost him playing time.
“Last year I ran into a few injuries and everything, so that was a bit of a setback,” he said. “But there is open spots, regardless of where it is I’m going to do what I can.”
Bushell-Beatty indicated he’s playing all across the line this
“I think this is probably my most important year coming up and I just want to go out and give everything that I got,” he said. “I know I got more than enough talent to play the best that I can. I’m going to do what I can and play that way.”
While there is younger talent pushing him, Bushell-Beatty acknowledged that he’s more focused on his play on the field than younger lineman looking to take his starting spot.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with me losing my job to a younger guy,” he said. “It just that I know what I am capable of and I just don’t want to be able to not help support the team the way I can.”
Adding: “I can play a bigger role when I play it.”
Michigan plays its annual spring game on April 15.