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Michigan Wolverines Football: 3 Players Who Could Have a Huge 2012 Season

No. 88 Brandon Moore
No. 88 Brandon Moore
Tyler DavisContributor IIIApril 19, 2012

The Michigan Wolverines football program has concluded their 2012 spring practices after a great showing during the annual Mott Spring Game.

There were a lot of great plays performed at the scrimmage, most of them performed by the younger groups. With young players showing great promise in the spring game, the depth chart looks strong, but the returning personnel have the highest of expectations.

As much as we know the standouts of Team 133, there were a few veterans that have shown great improvement during spring practices. The following three players listed have the ability to become the newest stars in 2012.



Brandon Moore (TE) RS Senior

Experience in 2011

Appeared in 12 games, played as reserve tight end in all 12. Contributed to special teams for three games, has one recorded catch for nine yards against Purdue. 


Potential in 2012

Moore stands at 6'5" and weighs 255 pounds at the tight-end position. He may not have had much catching experience, but he has shown great blocking technique on the edge along with reliable catching skills during spring drills. With Kevin Koger graduating, he is leaving a wide-open tight-end spot for the taking, and Moore is due for his reps.

With improved speed and discipline, he could very easily be one of the best contributors to the Michigan offense this season.



Drew Dileo (WR, PR) Junior

Experience in 2011

Appeared in all 13 games, played 12 games as a reserve wide receiver. Played all 13 games as special teams holder specialist and three games as punt returner. Completed 10 receptions for 124 yards and one touchdown. Returned three punts for 13 yards total. Returned kickoffs eight times for 174 yards.


Potential in 2012

The wide-receiver position will be interesting to watch this year, and Dileo could easily become a star. He already has plenty of game experience with crafty speed and great catching ability. Now that Junior Hemingway has graduated from the program, Dileo could possibly become one of the top targets for the wide receiver crew along with Jeremy Gallon, Roy Roundtree and others.

Expect him to have a breakout season in 2012 and possibly lead the wide receiver position. He may also be returning a few punts as well.



Stephen Hopkins (RB, FB) Junior


Experience in 2011

Appeared in 11 games, played nine as fullback and three as reserve running back. Played 11 games on special teams. Rushed 48 carries for 194 yards. Has one career reception for 28 yards.


Potential in 2012

We all know Fitzgerald Toussaint and Thomas Rawls look to be the main tailbacks for the backfield, but Stephen Hopkins has just as much ability to outperform the two. He has contributed in many areas on offense, such as fullback, tailback and wide receiver. He seems fit to be the starting fullback once the season begins, but head coach Brady Hoke won't waste his eligibility at one position.

Be prepared to see Hopkins start somewhere for every game this season and make a strong impact. He may not be the starting tailback, but he has proven to be the strongest utility player on the team after spring practices.

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