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Last season, Michigan had one of the top centers in the country in David Molk. But now that the Rimington Award winner is in the NFL, it's up to head coach Brady Hoke and company to find the replacement.
The two candidates are Ricky Barnum and Jack Miller. Branum has spent most of his time at left guard, while playing a little bit of right guard as well. Miller, on the other hand, is a redshirt freshman and hasn't seen the field yet. Despite the lack of inexperience they both have at the position, the coaches are very impressed with the progress they've both made so far.
“Ricky’s come a long way for a position that he really hasn’t played very much,” Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges said. (via The Detroit Free Press)
Head coach Brady Hoke also spoke up for the freshman and said he's doing a good job as well learning on the fly.
"Every day he's learning how to play center at the Division I level," Hoke said. "I think there's been improvement and some footwork and the things that you look at from a technical side of it.