Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring roster

So MGoBlue has the spring roster up and there are a few notable things:
  • No Nick Sheridan. I haven't heard any word of where Sheridan is or that he had plans to go elsewhere, but last year was a pretty clear signal that he wasn't going to play. Lo and behold, though, Sheridan doesn't even appear on the roster. Currently listed are: Forcier, Robinson, Devin Gardner, walk-on redshirt freshman Nader Furrha, and redshirt sophomore Jack Kennedy (who looked impressive in last year's spring game and got in for one or two snaps at the end of the Delaware State game). Nick Sheridan, wherever you are, good luck.
  • Redshirt freshman Cameron Gordon is officially listed as a safety. A wide receiver in high school out of Inkster, Gordon, who had been rumored as someone who might flip to either linebacker or safety, is now officially a safety, or so says the roster. I wouldn't be surprised if he got a few looks on the offensive side of the ball as well, but it looks like he's moving primarily to the defensive side of the ball.
  • Another interesting move is that Teric Jones is also listed as a safety. Jones is undersized (5'9", 194 lbs) for safety and stuck in a position of, probably, the most depth on the Michigan roster (slot receiver). This sounds and feels a little bit like a Kovacs replacement/backup, but we'll have to wait and see. This is really surprising.
  • More safeties? Why not. Brandin Hawthorn is also a safety on this roster. I don't really know what this means for the linebacker positions, as I assumed Hawthorn would be competing for the Stevie Brown position, but this also feels like a goodbye Kovacs move. Mike Jones is your odds on favorite for the new Stevie Brown.
  • Troy Woolfolk is listed as a cornerback. Probably the move of Jones, Gordon, and Hawthorn to safety, as well as the incoming freshmen made this move a bit less harrowing for the back end of the defense. Woolfolk proved to be a very good corner last year and I'm pretty happy with this.
  • As was rumored, Ryan Van Bergen is listed as a defensive end. He'll be playing the Boy I Wish We Still Had Brandon Graham role.
  • Mark Moundros, who had asked for a look at linebacker, is listed as a fullback. For the time being, it looks like he'll see mostly special teams action and limited time on the offense. That is unless RichRod decides to go back to some fullback looks now that he has a more experienced QB.


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