Michigan Football Position Preview: Defensive Tackle
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 defensive tackle position. This position has eight guys fighting for the top spot as Ryan Glasgow and Maurice Hurst Jr. have been solid starters at the position. Matthew Godin and Bryan Mone have some experience and they look to get some more this season. Garrett Miller and Joseph Files are players with no experience but look to hit the field this season. Michael Dwumfour and the number one recruit Rashan Gary are incoming freshman who look to get some playing time, especially Gary who could possibly start or get involved with the rotation. These eight men are going to fight like hell to prove to coach Harbaugh that they are the starting defensive tackle at Michigan. Let’s breakdown all eight candidate’s.
A sophomore from Cranbrook Kingwood can play anywhere on the defensive line, but with the defensive end position having a lot of people, defensive tackle could be a spot for him to sit back and learn the ropes.
The senior from Sand Creek has yet to see a down in his career. This will be his last shot at playing for the Wolverines and he sadly may never get that chance this year with more skilled players in front of him.
The first freshman on this list, coming from DePaul Catholic High School in the pipeline state of New Jersey could spend a year on the sidelines. Dwumfour had 55 total tackles, 21 for loss, seven sacks, and one fumble recovery last season. His production is impressive, but with experienced players in front of him he will have to learn from them to get ready for 2017.
Brother of Graham Glasgow, Ryan Glasgow is ready to return after a shorten season due to an injury. Glasgow was the best run stopping defensive tackle, and when he was gone Michigan’s run defense did get worse, but luckily depth on the team was strong enough for it to not have a huge impact. In Glagow’s career so far he has 38 tackles, five for loss, one sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery. With a full season this year, Ryan could end up like his brother and hear his name get called on draft day.
Godin is in his final year of eligibility and he has increased his playing time each year, going from two to six to nine games played last year. This year you better expect him to appear in at least 10 games. Godin has 30 tackles, two for loss, one and a half sacks and an interception in his career. Godin will be a good depth player and he will be some good help when the starters need a break.
The number one player in the class of 2015 is at Michigan and ready to make an impact. Gary will have some competition as this job won’t be handed to him. With experienced players in front of him, he will have to out play and perform them in camp to possibly start week one. Gary had 110 tackles, 27.5 sacks and four forced fumbles his last two years in high school. Gary is from the same high school as Juwann Bushell-Beatty and Jabrill Peppers, so he has some friends already on the team to feel comfortable with. Gary was the 2015 USA Today All-USA Defensive Player of the Year, on the USA Today High School All-American first team and he was on PrepStar Magazine Top 150 Dream Team, as the nation’s number 2 player and the top defensive line prospect. There is a lot of hype around Gary and this could be either a year for him to start or get some playing time to start in 2017.Maurice Hurst Jr.
The other solid starter last year was Hurst and he is looking to get in the NFL with another good year. Hurst has 38 tackles, seven and a half tackles for loss, and three sacks in his career. Hurst started last year and had a good first year starting. He will continue to dominate and plow through the offensive line to create pressure on the quarterback and help stop the run.
Mone missed last year with an injury and looks to come back even stronger. He has only played in five games his career, but with an extra year given back to him after losing it last year, Mone will have plenty of time to produce in his career. He only has nine tackles, one and a half for loss and a fumble recovery, but you should expect him to get back on the field and help his team in only his second year playing.
Who Starts at Defensive Tackle for Michigan Come Week One?
This position on defense is hard to judge with many players that have some experience and incoming freshman that could easily hit the field this year, it was hard to figure out who will be where, so check it out below.
- Maurice Hurst Jr.
- Ryan Glasgow
- Rashan Gary
- Bryan Mone
- Matthew Godin
- Garrett Miller
- Michael Dwumfour (redshirted)
- Joseph Files (redshirted)