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In years past there were loads of names that came up when talking about Michigan and some of the top talent in college football. Even though the team this year is not necessarily loaded with with all kinds of top athletes, they do have a very solid core and a few top players in the nation. So let's examine some of those players.
The incoming freshman class of 22 players, ranging from a 2 star kicker and db to a 5 star defensive tackle, looks to be one our better classes in a few years. The class is lead by 5-star defensive tackle William Campbell, who is 6'5" and 317 lbs, he is a huge talent and should make an immediate impact on defense.
The class is also led by Tate Forcier who is ranked by rivals as a top 5 dual-threat qb. He brings a knowledge of the offense that Coach RR likes to run and though he doesn't have college experience; he does have high school experience with the offense and that's more than most of our players can say. I look for him to the starter and for it to be HIS job, not a shared one like last year.
Some of the other players I would just like to give a mention because they should be a part of this years success are: Fitzgerald Toussaint, Justin Turner, Quinton Washington, Vladimir Emilien, Taylor Lewan(the next Jake Long), Anthony LaLota, Michael Schofield, Je'Ron Stokes, and Cameron Gordon. They all have a chance at some point this year to fill in and help this young team out.
The only "key roster losses" that anyone has pointed out are: Sam McGuffie, and Threet. Minor will be the starter this year so no worries there and I think Toussaint will be just as good as Sam. Threet will easily replaced by Tate so I mean we really lost nothing, but gained a lot.
Some players to be excited about: Greg Matthews, Brandon Minor, Donovan Warren, Carlos and Stevie Brown(both 3 year letterman), Brandon Graham(won the Bo award).
Greg should lead a talented wide receiver core that is stacked with young talent, Donovan and Stevie both 3 year-letterman should lead a hopefully improved secondary, Graham will anchor a good defensive line, and last but not least Brandon Minor is good enough to be a top 3 runningback in the nation and the team should be improved this year. I look for him to be THE leader of this team.
So even though there's not tons of Mike Harts, Chad Hennes, Desmond Howards, Mario Manninghams, Woodley's, Burgess's, or Jake Longs, there is some very good players. That's reason enough to get me excited about this year, especially knowing almost everyone will be back next year.