Michigan Football Position Preview: Center
Kickoff is less than two months away and we are in the dead period for any news on the team and in college football in general. With that being said, let’s look over each position on the team and who is competing for the starting position and predict who will win each position. Today I will look at the center position. This position has two seniors fighting for the top spot as Patrick Kugler has the most experience out of the two and Ben Pliska is looking to jump over Kugler with having an extra year after being redshirted in 2012 and looks to start. Both of these men are going to fight like hell to prove to coach Harbaugh that they are the starting center at Michigan. Let’s breakdown each candidate.
Making his debut in 2014 after sitting out in 2013, Patrick Kugler has appeared in five games and three games as a reserve lineman. Kugler has experience at the center position, but also at the guard position as well. Kugler will have the edge over Pliksa since he has played in more games.
Pliska has been a reserve lineman six times in his career and hasn’t seen any in-game action his entire career. Pliska will need to really show up in camp if he is going to want a shot at the starting position, because only being a reserve lineman for six games in the three years you were eligible isn’t going to be enough to put you over someone who has played in actual games.
Who Will Start at Center for Michigan Come Week One?
This position battle is only two people, the smallest one on the list so far and with only having two people will make this decision very easy.
- Patrick Kugler
- Ben Pliska