Turel's U-M Spring Preview: Tight Ends

GoBlueWolverine.com'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: Tight ends.

Tight Ends

Tyler Ecker 5th/Sr.
Mike Massey Jr./So.
Carson Butler So./Fr.
Fall-Quintin Woods

2005 review:

Tim Massaquoi's hand injury put a large damper on the production of this unit and overall hurt his chances playing at the next level. The injury came at a very bad time, when Massaquoi was just finally started to develop as a total package tight end into his senior year. With the exception of the Notre Dame game, Tyler Ecker wasn't the prime focus of the offense in Massaquoi's absence. Ecker has reliable hands and has made some big plays during his Michigan career but two game ending decisions against Ohio State and Nebraska left many scratching their heads. Redshirt freshman Mike Massey showed promise last season, contributing eight catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

Grade: C+

2006 preview:

Tyler Ecker takes over the reins full time now with Massaquoi graduating. Ecker offers a solid receiving option once again for the Wolverines, but needs to make some strides as a blocker. He isn't overpowering but Ecker works the seams of zones well and is a taller mismatch. Mike Massey's goal for the off season should be to get bigger and stronger. He's a bit undersized but Massey showed his athleticism off last year in limited time and should be the odds on favorite to see time in double tight end packages. All reports are that Carson Butler has shown excellent receiving ability and could flourish in Michigan's new system along with Massey.

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