The '04 U-M Football Team, Class by Class

Here's a teaser from the upcoming Aug. 1 GoBlueWolverine Magazine -- the Preseason Preview Issue.<br><br> The '04 Wolverines are statistically the youngest team in the Big Ten -- and a recruiting-class by recruiting-class breakdown of the team shows why.<br><br> First off -- the <b>2000 U-M Recruiting Class, the Fifth Year Seniors</b>.

Phil Steele in his preseason magazine, Phil Steele's 2004 College Football Preview, does a statistical anaylsis of the experience level of all 119 Div. 1-A teams. The result -- the 2004 Michigan team is 114th in experience in the country, and 11th in the Big Ten.

We at GBW read Steele's anaylsis and decided to follow up with a class-by-class breakdown of the team for our Aug. 1st Preseason Magazine. First off, the 2000 U-M recruiting class -- the 5th year seniors (in the magazine, the whole analysis appears altogether in table format).

The 2000 U-M recruiting class has not had a big impact on the Michigan team overall. Of the class' 18 original members, 4 left the team early, 5 graduated last year, and 9 remain on the team … but only 3 are projected as starters, David Baas, Kevin Dudley and Adam Finley.

2000 Michigan Recruiting Class
(5th Yr. Seniors)
9 Members (18 orig.)
SuperPrep Ranking: 13 (lowest of the five classes which comprise the '04 Wolverines)

Quarterbacks - none

Running Backs and Fullbacks
Kevin Dudley (FB)
Tim Bracken
Chris Perry (grad.)

Wide Receivers
Jermaine Gonzalez
Calvin Bell (grad.)
Zia Combs (medical)

Tight Ends
Tyler Ecker (Jr. Elig.)
Jim Fisher

Offensive Tackles - none

Offensive Guards
David Baas
Andy Christophel (grad.)
Jeff Gaston (grad.)

Defensive Tackles
Kolby Wells (medical)

Outside Linebackers and Defensive Ends
Roy Manning
Larry Stevens (grad.)
Alain Kashama (grad.)

Inside Linebackers
Zack Kaufman (grad.)
Emmanuel Casseus (grad.)

Cornerbacks - none

Safeties - none

Kickers
Adam Finley (P)

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