(Late morning additional update: see paragraph on recruiting at the end.)
First the two players. We had understood back in January that two potential 5th year players were going to graduate (this May) and not come back for the 5th year. And Saturday's first practice confirmed this. Jon Spytek and Phillip Brackins are no longer on the team.
Also not there: Andrew King. King had transferred from Northwestern and sat out last year with the idea that he would compete for the long snapping job this year, and be given a scholarship. King not there means that Ross Mann and, in the fall, Pat Sharrow, will do the snapping. It can be assumed that Mann and Phillip Brabbs (kickoffs) will be given the two available scholarships this year.
Also not at the practice: offensive lineman Matt Lentz and fullback Sean Sanderson. We have to assume that both were excused somehow.
Regarding positions: we will change our depth chart to reflect the following:
- Ruben Riley was second team offensive guard, not tackle.
- with Brackins gone, we will add "FB" as a possible position for freshman linebacker Brian Thompson.
- number changes:
--- Mike Kolodziej has #76 (he was #51).
--- Willis Barringer has #19 (he was #33).
--- Lawrence Reid has #42 (he was #56).
--- Walk-on Chris Matsos has #80 (he was #96).
#2 Mark Spencer, 5-11, 203 lbs., punter from Ann Arbor Pioneer.
#3 Ross Ryan, 6-0 196 lbs., instate punter from Birmingham Brother Rice.
#9 Vijay Opong-Owusu, 5-10, 190 lbs., instate defensive back.
#14 Dan Cornwell, 6-2, 189 lbs., defensive back.
#17 James Bloomsberg, 5-10, 186 lbs., kicker from Calif., (Concord DeLaSalle I believe).
#31 Craig Moore, 5-10, 168 lbs., placekicker from Ca.
#45 Joe Leoni, 5-11, 199 lbs.
#60 Ron Willis, 6-2, 259 lbs., instate offensive lineman from Gaylord.
#61 Turner Booth, 6-2, 265 lbs., lineman from Md.
Mike Carl 6-0, 187 lbs., instater.
One final thing. Regarding recruiting:
- There was not a group of recruits present. The one prospect in attendance was Charles Stewart from Farmington Hills, Harrison.
- As far as incoming freshman, Ryan Mundy and his dad Greg were there, as was Jake Long.
- And also as far as recruiting goes, having Mann and Brabbs on one year scholarships means Michigan will have 19 scholarships available (22 with oversigning) for the 2003/04 recruiting class.
The next practice is Tuesday (practices basically go Tues., Thurs., Sat., ending with the Spring Game April 12).
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