Michigan Football Defensive Line Preview
This is our fifth article previewing all the positions for this year’s Michigan football team. Our position preview for today? The Defensive Line. This is easily the biggest strength Michigan has. The only real question here is who are the backups? Whoever they are, they will get their chance this year because of the way Michigan substitutes on the defensive line.
Don Brown was quoted saying that Rashan Gary, “could be the best I’ve ever seen.” Rashan was a monster last year. He was fourth in tackles among returning players and had the third most quarterback hurries on the team last year. This was all as a freshman. Rashan is projected to be one of the best players in the country this year, so look for him to come out this season with a bang.
Chase played in all 13 games and started in two of them last year. He is another force to be reckoned with. He is quick and will be starting in the end spot for the Wolverines this year. Chase will be a senior and will be a leader on this team. He is a very emotional guy, so I think he is the perfect guy to help lead Michigan to a College Football Playoff spot.
Donovan Jeter is an incoming freshman. He has made a name for himself according to Coach Jim Harbaugh and I think that he will move up the ranks to be a backup. Donovan is 6’5″ and weighs in at 250 pounds. He certainly has the build to play right away. Let’s see how he will perform once he gets his chance.
This is a guy that kind of just came out of nowhere. He was rated as a 3-star recruit out of Rhode Island and was ranked the 487th best player nationally. The only reason I have him as a backup is because of how highly he has been talked about by the coaches. Don Brown has said that Kwity is very talented and he will get his chance on the field.
Maurice may be the best player on this year’s team. He will be a first rounder next year in the NFL Draft and he will be the guy needing to step into that leadership role with all the younger guys looking up to him for the Wolverines. He has his signature celebration (the picture above), let’s hope that he will be doing that many, many times this year.
Bryan Mone has had a rough career when talking about injuries. Two years ago, he suffered a leg injury during camp that forced him to be sidelined the whole year. Last year, he suffered a leg injury against Hawaii, but luckily he ended up returning. Bryan is a very good defensive tackle, the one question though, is if he can stay healthy the whole year. If he can do that, that would help out Michigan a lot.
Aubrey had a weird recruiting process, but in the end he ended up at Michigan and that is all that counts. He is an incoming freshman who was rated as a 5-star recruit and the #2 DT in the class of 2017 (by 247 Sports). Aubrey is definitely the most ready in the class to play right away, if you determine that based on his body. He is 6’2.5″ and weighs around 290. He will be a force to be reckoned with this year. Get ready Big Ten.
Michael is going to be a sophomore this year. He saw limited snaps against Hawaii and that turned out to be his only playing time last year. He is a big boy at 6’2″ and 300 pounds. Again, he is only a sophomore, so look for him to improve this year and potentially impact the field.
Michigan’s Defensive Line Overview
The Defensive Line is Michigan’s strong suit this year. With Maurice Hurst and Rashan Gary, potentially the best duo in the country, back again for us, they should be able to dominate almost every offensive line they go up against. The only question when talking about the D-Line is the depth. Yes, all around they are very talented, but most of the backups are freshman and yet to have a college snap under their belt. I guess we will see though, Go Blue!
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