Michigan Football Position Preview: Fullback
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 fullback position. This position has eight guys fighting for the top spot as Wyatt Shallman leads the way with the most experience, Henry Poggi and Khalid Hill are moving to the position, and Beneducci, Chu, Henderson, Dickow and Volk look for some playing time. These eight men are going to fight like hell to prove to coach Harbaugh that they are the starting fullback at Michigan. Let’s breakdown each candidate.
Henry Poggi has had an interesting college career. Coming in 2014 he was a defensive end. In 2015 he was moved to tight end, and in 2016 he will be a fullback. Poggi doesn’t have much experience at the position, but with him already having two years under his belt, and at positions that involve blocking or shedding blocks he should be a good candidate to start this year.
A junior from West Morris Mendham is looking to finally get some playing time. Beneducci has yet to have a single snap on the field in a actual game and he could get his chance this year.
A junior from Frankenmuth who also hasn’t had any playing time at all either is looking to get his shot in 2016.
Another junior, this time all the way from Malaysia. Chu is another player with no playing experience as he looks to possibly get some playing time at the fullback position.
A sophomore from Brother Rice who is the fourth fullback on this list to have no playing experience at Michigan. While the others don’t as well, expect Dickow to really not have a shot behind older players.
The former tight end, now fullback Khalid Hill could see some playing time at the position his first year playing it. Hill had eight catches for 108 yards in his career, so he could be used as a receiving fullback compared to a rusher or a strict blocker. Being a former tight end, Hill should have the blocking technique down.
Henderson is the oldest of the fullbacks, being a redshirt senior. He has played in four games in his career, one in 2013 and three last year. Henderson will have some tough competition with Hill, Shallman and Poggi leading the way.
The final player on this list is Wyatt Shallman and he is the only true fullback on this roster to have actual stats. He has four carries for 14 yards in his four games he has played in his career, while not impressive, he has the experience.
Who is the Starting Fullback for Michigan Come Week One?
This list is filled with many inexperienced players and new faces to the position with only two that have played the position for their entire career. This depth chart was tough to pick with many of the players having no background on how they can play at Michigan, here is my prediction.
- Wyatt Shallman
- Henry Poggi
- Khalid Hill
- Bobby Henderson
- Nick Volk
- Joe Beneducci
- Brian Chu
- Spencer Dickow
Brandon Knapp covers NCAAF for MyFantasySportsTalk.com