It might be a little early to say whether or not Michigan football is truly back. However, if you compared the offensive production to the days of Bo and Carr, it might look a little similar. The Wide Receiver position provided a big boost to the offense, but Tight Ends like Jake Butt and Ian Bunting have to be thanked, as well. Passing game guru’s Jim Harbaugh and Jedd Fisch did well working with Quarterback Jake Rudock, spreading the ball around, utilizing the talent on offense. This season, it’s expected that will be the game plan once again in their Pro-Style offense. Here are position previews for this upcoming season.
Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson will once again grace the sidelines of Michigan Stadium for one last round under Harbaugh as 5th year Seniors. Both players had over 700 yards each to help contribute to Rudock’s 3,017 yard season. Out of Rudock’s 20 passing TD’s, the duo has 14 between them. Look for whoever is starting at Quarterback to use 2 of the best wideouts in the country for support in the passing game. Another player to keep an eye on is early enrolled talent Ahmir Mitchell. One of the best receivers coming out of New Jersey, look for him to get some reps in with Grant Perry and Maurice Ways for added depth at the Receiver spot.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock and missed the last few seasons of Michigan football, I don’t need to tell you who the best Tight End is in the country. I can say, however, that Jake Butt will be making a huge appearance again this season. For a TE, he put up 3rd best receiving stats on the team at 654 yards with 3 TD’s. The scary thing is, he won’t be the only one making big plays as a TE. Ian Bunting is a great blocker, but has even better hands in the passing game. Michigan will have a 1-2 punch at Tight End, plus Darboh and Chesson on the outside. That will be a nightmare for defenses to try and contain.
As mentioned in my Running Backs preview, this offense has weapons. The only question mark at this point is at Quarterback. Even though the answer hasn’t been given as who will start, there is enough supporting cast here to bring any defense coordinator nightmares. I expect this offense to have better numbers this year in comparison to last seasons stats.