Michigan Football: 4 Players We Are Most Excited to Watch in 2013

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIJune 24, 2013

Michigan Football: 4 Players We Are Most Excited to Watch in 2013

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    There is obviously an endless list of Michigan players we can't wait to see this fall, so how do we possibly narrow it down to the top four?

    Honestly, I feel that some of the most intriguing players to keep an eye on are a handful of the unproven ones, because it's so hard to know what to expect out of them.

    Everyone will certainly have different opinions on who they are most excited to see, so there are clearly no right or wrong answers.

4. Devin Funchess (Soph.)

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    I'm not the only one who is excited about Devin Funchess. Not only are Michigan fans thrilled to see what this kid can do as a sophomore, but everybody else around the Big Ten is as well.

    He is a popular pick to make the All-Big Ten team, proving that the expectations for this kid are incredibly high.

    If he cashes in on his potential, he could become one of the better tight ends in the country. The questions surrounding him are about consistency and whether or not he can put it all together.

    There's no doubt he'll be a very, very dangerous weapon in this offense.

3. James Ross (Soph.)

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    Ross is expected to start this fall after seeing plenty of playing time last year as a freshman.

    Even though Michigan's linebacking corps was extremely talented last season, Ross still managed to gain tons of valuable experience as a backup.

    Expectations will be very high for him now as a starter. Even more pressure was put on him when Jake Ryan went down with injury, just as it was for every linebacker on the team.

    I have nothing but confidence in Ross, though. I'd be very surprised if he struggles, and I fully expect him to turn into the best starter in this linebacking corps in Ryan's absence.

    Those are pretty lofty expectations for a sophomore.

2. Frank Clark (Jr.)

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    If not for a very special talent occupying the No. 1 spot, Frank Clark would probably be No. 1 on my list.

    The expectations for this kid are through the roof after last season's disappointment. I call his sophomore campaign a disappointment because he never really even came close to being the dominant force everyone knows he can be.

    Last year's hype was justified too, especially after he flashed glimpses of excellence as a freshman.

    Off-the-field issues did slow him down a bit, but that is now completely behind him; there is absolutely no reason he shouldn't put it all together this season.

    Some are expecting him to be the kind of force off the edge that Michigan hasn't seen since the days of Brandon Graham.

    Now, nobody's expecting him to be the next Graham; Clark just needs to be a consistent threat who can get to the quarterback.

1. Devin Gardner (RS Jr.)

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    Well, this is no surprise. Just about everything that can be said about Devin Gardner has already been said this offseason, so I'll keep this one short.

    The folks in and around Ann Arbor realize what Michigan has in Gardner, as we could truly be on the verge of seeing a very special season at quarterback.

    Now, that is not a knock on Denard Robinson at all. We just may see Gardner put up numbers through the air and on the ground that haven't been seen in a long, long time.

    Perhaps an appropriate term would be to call him a "complete quarterback." Everyone agrees that this is going to be a special season for the Wolverine signal-caller.

    By the end of the year, Gardner should be on the short list for the best quarterbacks in the country. If he is, Heisman talks are bound to follow.