Football Recruiting And Position Needs: Offense

With the Feb. '06 Signing Day just around the corner now and U-M's recruiting class nearly set, how does the class fit into the overall team.<br><br> Part Two: The Michigan Offense (is it loaded once again, and into the future as well?)<br>

(Eligibility as of fall '05)


Leaving: Spencer Brinton

'01 Rec. Class: none
'02 Rec. Class: Matt Gutierrez (RS Jr.)
'03 Rec. Class: Clayton Richard (RS So.)
'04 Rec. Class: Chad Henne

Incoming Freshman: Jason Forcier ('s #8 QB, a 4* propsect, and #38 West prospect)

Comments: Assuming Gutierrez is healthy and Richard sticks with football, U-M's depth chart is solid. However, since neither is a certainty (and Richard, according to Coach Carr, is a 'not likely'), U-M will try hard for another top QB for '06.

Running Backs

Leaving: David Underwood, Tim Bracken, Pierre Rembert

'01 Rec. Class: none
'02 Rec. Class: none
'03 Rec. Class: Jerome Jackson (Jr.)
'04 Rec. Class: Max Martin (So.), Mike Hart (So.)

Incoming Freshman: Kevin Grady ('s

Comments: With Grady, Hart and Martin, U-M has a good stable of young tailbacks.


Leaving: Kevin Dudley

'01 Rec. Class: none
'02 Rec. Class: Brian Thompson (FB,RS Jr.), Obi Oluigbo (FB, RS Jr.)
'03 Rec. Class: none
'04 Rec. Class: Roger Allison (FB, RS Fr.)

Incoming Freshman: Mister Simpson

Comments: Michigan seems solid here, but there have been whispers of health problems for Allison.

Wide Receivers

Leaving: Jermaine Gonzalez, Braylon Edwards

'01 Rec. Class: none
'02 Rec. Class: Jason Avant (Sr.), Steve Breaston (RS Jr.), Carl Tabb (RS Jr.)
'03 Rec. Class: none
'04 Rec. Class: Adrian Arrington (So.), Doug Dutch (RS Fr.), Morgan Trent (RS Fr. ... to CB?)

Incoming Freshman: Antonio Bass, Mario Manningham, Laterryal Savoy

Comments: There are plenty of players here, both vets and rookies. Avant and Breaston are a 'given' for next season - who else will step up?

Tight Ends

Leaving: Jim Fisher

'00 Rec. Class: Tyler Ecker (Sr. Elig.? Or Jr.?)
'01 Rec. Class: Tim Massaquoi (5th)
'02 Rec. Class: Kevin Murphey (RS Jr.)
'03 Rec. Class: none '04 Rec. Class: Mike Massey (RS Fr.)

Incoming Freshman: Carson Butler

Comments: With Ecker and Massaquoi in their final seasons, Michigan may look for a top TE for the '06 recruiting class.

Offensive Tackles

Leaving: none

'01 Rec. Class: Adam Stenavich (5th)
'02 Rec. Class: Mike Kolodziej (RS Jr.)
'03 Rec. Class: Jake Long (RS So.)
'04 Rec. Class: Alex Mitchell (RS Fr.), Jeremy Ciulla (RS Fr.)

Incoming Freshman: Cory Zirbel, Mark Ortmann

Comments: Well-stocked as long as the younger guys develop.

Offensive Guards/Centers

Leaving: David Baas

'01 Rec. Class: Matt Lentz (5th), Leo Henige (5th)
'02 Rec. Class: Mark Bihl (RS Jr.), Rueben Riley (RS Jr.)
'03 Rec. Class: Adam Kraus (RS So.), Pat Sharrow (RS So.)
'04 Rec. Class: Brett Gallimore (RS Fr.), G. DeBenedictis (RS Fr.)
Incoming Freshman: Justin Schifano, David Moosman, Tim McAvoy

Comments: Same comment as for offensive tackles: the cupboard is stocked as long as the younger guys develop.

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