Turel's U-M Spring Preview: Offensive Line

GoBlueWolverine's Josh Turel is going through the Michigan football team, position by position: here are his 2005 Review and 2006 Pre-Spring-Practice Preview. Next Up: Offensive line -- Where will Adam Kraus line up?

Offensive Line

76 Mike Kolodziej 5th. /Sr.
73 Alex Mitchell Jr./So.
74 Brett Gallimore Jr./So.
71 Mark Ortmann So./Fr.
62 Tim McAvoy So./Fr.
70 Jeremy Ciulla Jr./So.
60 David Moosman So./Fr.
78 Justin Schifano So./Fr.
72 Rueben Riley 5th./Sr.
64 Grant DeBenedictis 6-4 308 Jr./So.
57 Adam Kraus 6-6 311 Sr./Jr.
54 Mark Bihl 6-4 297 5th./Sr.
68 Pat Sharrow 6-4 301 Sr./Jr.
Spring-Justin Boren
Fall-Steve Schilling
Perry Dorrestein

2005 review:

Not a great year for the front trenches of Michigan which was hampered by injuries. Left tackle Adam Stenavich went down several times but was one of the more stable members of the line. Left guard Leo Henige battled courageously in his 5th year but being overweight, two bad knees and other injuries slowed him down considerably. Mark Bihl saw time at center while Adam Kraus was out. Rueben Riley was bounced all over the line, seeing time at tackle with Jake Long out. Riley was a liability here but still provided some experience. Matt Lentz was another lineman who was injured from time to time but gritted out his senior year. Mike Kolodziej was also knocked out for an extended period of time. Jake Long missed a good portion of the season with an injury. His return was rather average due to lack of conditioning and being overweight because of the injury. Overall, the line gave its best chance but just was not healthy enough to put together a good season. The group as a whole didn’t have much mobility and struggled to open up running lanes most of the time.
Grade=C-

2006 preview:

Much of how this group shakes out will depend on where Adam Kraus plays. If Kraus stays at center, expect Alex Mitchell to take over at offensive guard along with Rueben Riley. If Kraus moves to guard or tackle, Mark Bihl, Justin Schifano, and Jeremy Ciulla will likely duke it out at center. Schifano could wind up the favorite for the position with a strong spring. True freshman Justin Boren will be in for the spring and has a very good chance of landing in the two deep at guard if he’s impressive early. David Moosman, Justin Schifano and Jeremy Ciulla will also factor in at the guard spots as well. Most fans expect Mike Kolodziej to start at left tackle but he will be in for a heavy battle with redshirt freshman Mark Ortmann. Given Mitchell's, I expect him to possibly be in the mix here as well. Jake Long is once again expected back at right tackle where he could flourish if completely healthy. Cory Zirbel, Brett Gallimore and Tim McAvoy all have to step up to fill in the tackle depth chart, but I expect most of these battles to sort themselves after the spring.


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