2008 Michigan Wolverines Training Camp Update
2008 Fall Camp Updates for University of Michigan
For fans of Michigan football looking for news on fall camp the new coaching regime has been a breath of fresh air. Under Lloyd Carr the program was more secretive than the KGB, now there are daily articles and information coming from camp every day.
The main state of news has come from the offensive side of the ball, where many jobs are still up in the air.
The quarterback situation is still up in the air with Steve Threet and Nick Sheridan battling it out for the starting spot. Expect the battle to continue throughout the year with both seeing playing time, while having their up’s and down’s. Freshman Justin Feagan is a distant third at the time, but still expect to see him in some package’s this year.
The running back position is in a state of flux with injuries to the top two returning backs Brandon Minor and Carlos Brown, along with the suspension of Kevin Grady. Two freshman have stepped up to earn playing time. Both Sam McGuffie and Mike Shaw will put their speed on display, along with their inexperience in the opener against Utah.
Expect to see a constant rotation at the receiver spot with a combination of veterans like Greg Matthews, Carson Butler and Junior Hemingway, teamed up with the true freshman coming on to the scene. Depending on the formation you will need a program to keep up with the players coming in and out of the game.
If there is a position that Michigan can lest afford injuries it is the offensive line. One potential starter, Cory Zirbel, has been on the sidelines with a leg injury. That most likely means that David Molk will start at center with David Moosman moving from center to the guard spot. The other starters coming out of spring should able to retain their starting spots with so little experienced depth.
On the defense side of the ball there are only a few question marks, which will not be decided till right before the opener.
With 4 starters on the defensive line back, the main battle is over the 2 open linebacker spots. There are 5 players competing for the 3 spots with returning starter Obi Ezeh being the only for sure starter. One incoming freshman, JB Fitzgerald, has also made a positive impression so far in camp and could be in the mix for playing time.
The secondary is mostly set with both starting corners back and Stevie Brown sounding like a solid starter at on safety spot. Senior Brandon Harrison sounds like the front runner for the other safety, which would bring even more experience to the veteran defense.
In summary about the fall camp for the wolverines, if there is one for sure thing, no one is quite sure how things will go till they actually take the field on August 30 th. The coaches have been vague about the progress of the offense, while defensive players have praised the offense and have said the people are going to be surprised when the season starts. One thing is for sure, if the defense and the special teams do not show up for Michigan it will not be a fun year to watch for wolverine fans.
by Paul Rodman
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