Sunday Elaboration: Defensive Depth Chart

With the so-called spring game (just a final practice this year) just a week away now, here is the Michigan Depth Chart as former Michigan staffer Mark Ouimet sees it -- including <b>additional Sunday GBW comments and analysis</b> on each position.<br><br> <b>The Defense</b><br>

THE MICHIGAN DEFENSE

Overall: the talented young players are now juniors -- time for them to step up. Also, except for defensive tackle there is a general lack of depth almost everywhere. Bottom line: the defensive line has to lead the '05 defense.

Defensive Tackles
Overall: the best defensive depth is at the DT spots; maybe the competition will spur Gabe Watson to be all he can be. By the way, DT is so deep that in some situations Pat Massey and Alan Branch could both slide over to play one of the DE spots.

Defensive Tackle
No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
78 Gabriel Watson 6-4 331 Sr./Sr.
95 Marques Walton 6-0 280 So./Fr.
92 Will Paul 6-2 264 Jr./So.
Fr Terrance Taylor 6-1 285 Fr./Fr.
Fr Marques Slocum 6-5 335 Fr./Fr.
66 Paul Sarantos 6-3 261 Sr./Jr.

Defensive Tackle
No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
94 Pat Massey 6-8 284 5th/Sr. Move From DE
80 Alan Branch 6-6 323 So./So.
97 Will Johnson 6-4 287 So./Fr.
Fr James McKinney 6-3 263 Fr./Fr.
53 David Hull 6-1 261 Jr./So.

Defensive Ends
Overall: Pierre Woods and Lamarr Woodley (on the other side) are talented; Tim Jamison provides a little depth. Will Eugene Germany be eligible for the fall?

Defensive End
No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
99 Pierre Woods 6-5 247 5th/Sr. Move From SLB - playing both sides of DE
90 Tim Jamison 6-3 250 So./Fr. No Spring-did he RS?

Defensive End
No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
56 Lamarr Woodley 6-2 268 Jr./Jr. Playing both sides
50 Jeremy Van Alstyne 6-4 262 Sr./Jr. No Spring - Foot
91 Rondell Biggs 6-2 278 Sr./Jr.
Fr Eugene Germany 6-4 260 Fr./Fr. Will he be eligible in the fall?

Note: with so much DT depth, in certain situations THIS could be the '05 DL Depth Chart:

Defensive Tackle
No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
78 Gabriel Watson 6-4 331 Sr./Sr.
92 Will Paul 6-2 264 Jr./So.
66 Paul Sarantos 6-3 261 Sr./Jr.
Fr Terrance Taylor 6-1 285 Fr./Fr.
Fr Marques Slocum 6-5 335 Fr./Fr.

Defensive Tackle
No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
95 Marques Walton 6-0 280 So./Fr.
97 Will Johnson 6-4 287 So./Fr.
Fr James McKinney 6-3 263 Fr./Fr.
53 David Hull 6-1 261 Jr./So.

Defensive End
No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
94 Pat Massey 6-8 284 5th/Sr. Move From DE
80 Alan Branch 6-6 323 So./So.

Defensive End
No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
56 Lamarr Woodley 6-2 268 Jr./Jr. Playing both sides
99 Pierre Woods 6-5 247 5th/Sr. Move From SLB - playing both sides of DE
90 Tim Jamison 6-3 250 So./Fr. No Spring-did he RS?
2 Shawn Crable 6-5 247 Jr./So. (from SAM LB)
50 Jeremy Van Alstyne 6-4 262 Sr./Jr. No Spring - Foot

91 Rondell Biggs 6-2 278 Sr./Jr.
Fr Eugene Germany 6-4 260 Fr./Fr.

Linebackers
Overall: a general lack of depth, especially at WILL and SAM (especially if Crable lines up at DE) is a concern.

Weakside Linebacker (WILL)
No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
Overall: Chris Graham is the shortest starting LB at U-M in recent memory (since Eric Mayes started the first two games of the '97 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury). Jacob Stewart provides some depth until, hopefully, Brandon Logan is ready to contribute at some point in the fall.

No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
37 Chris Graham 5-10 225 So./So.
41 Jacob Stewart 6-0 225 Sr./Jr. Move From S
Fr Brandon Logan 6-1 210 Fr./Fr.
49 Eric VanBeek 6-0 208 So./Fr. Fullback as well

Middle Linebacker (MIKE)
Overall: if David Harris is finally healthy he will push Scott McClintock. Johnny Thompson has a bright future but may be a year away.

No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
36 Scott McClintock 6-2 246 5th/Sr.
44 David Harris 6-2 246 Sr./Jr.
49 Johnny Thompson 6-2 229 So./Fr.
Fr Andre Criswell Fr./Fr. Fullback as well
15 Chip Cartwright 6-1 232 5th/Sr.
28 Dan Moore 6-0 226 Jr./So.

Strongside Linebacker (SAM)
Overall: time for Prescott Burgess and Shawn Crable to fulfill their potential. If Crable moves to DE then this spot is very thin.

No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
6 Prescott Burgess 6-2 236 Jr./Jr. Move from WLB
2 Shawn Crable 6-5 247 Jr./So.
Fr Chris McLaurin 6-4 225 Fr./Fr.
97 Max Pollock 6-1 215 Jr./So.

Defensive Backs

Overall: With three servicable safeties in Mundy, Englemon and Adams, U-M is thin. And at cornerback, until Morgan Trent and incoming frosh Brandon Harrison learn the position, the same is true. Bottom line: the defensive backfield will depend on an improved pass such in 2005 to keep the pressure off.

Cornerback
Overall: Ouimet keeps penciling in Brandon Harrison as the starter in the fall but we give Grant Mason the benefit of the doubt. Charles Stewart could be a future safety.

No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
13 Grant Mason 6-0 196 5th/Sr.
Fr Brandon Harrison 5-8 190 Fr./Fr.
5 Charles Stewart 6-1 194 So./Fr.
4 Darnell Hood 5-11 190 Sr./Jr.
27 Shakir Edwards 6-0 207 So./Fr.
22 Kyle Plummer 5-10 167 Jr./So.

Strong Safety
Overall: Jamar Adams has had an up and down spring; Brandent Englemon is steadier.

No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
31 Brandent Englemon 6-0 199 Jr./So.
22 Jamar Adams 6-2 207 So./So.
26 Mike Carl 6-0 204 Sr./Jr.

Free Safety
Overall: Ryan Mundy has and a good first two years; time for him to step it up and become an elite player.

No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
21 Ryan Mundy 6-1 204 Jr./Jr.
19 Willis Barringer 5-11 202 Sr./Jr.
9 Anton Campbell 5-11 191 Jr./So.
18 BJ Opong-Owusu 5-10 196 Sr./Jr.

Cornerback
Overall: Leon Hall is steady, and Morgan Trent has a bright future as he gains experience.

No. Player Ht. Wt.  Yr./El. Comments
29 Leon Hall 5-11 191 Jr./Jr.
14 Morgan Trent 6-0 185 So./Fr.
Fr Chris Richards 5-11 165 Fr./Fr.
Fr Johnny Sears 6-1 175 Fr./Fr.
37 James Logan 5-10 179 So./Fr.

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