Michigan Football Position Preview: Left Guard
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 left guard position. This position has three guys fighting for the top spot as Ben Braden has been a solid starter at the position. David Dawson played in six games last season and hopes to gain some more playing time. Stephen Spanellis is the lone incoming freshman at the position as he looks to play spoiler against the top left guard on the team. These three men are going to fight like hell to prove to coach Harbaugh that they are the starting left guard at Michigan. Let’s breakdown each candidate.
The man with the most experience out of this group leads the way to start again in 2016. Braden was redshirted his first year and appeared in two games as a reserve offensive lineman in 2013. His junior year in 2014 was when he took over. He started all 12 games at the right tackle position and he was moved to left guard in 2015. He was also an All Big-Ten honorable mention last year. Expect Braden to finish out his Michigan career starting at the left guard spot.
The senior from Cass Tech looks to jump over Braden as the starting guard after playing in six games last year. Dawson played in five games in 2014, so last year was an increase, but you have to think that he wants more and instead of playing, he wants to start. Dawson knows this is his last year and he won’t want to sit on the sidelines for most of it.
The young gun out of the group here is Stephen Spanellis. Spanellis is behind two experienced guards and will easily be a red shirt this year. Michigan has depth at both guard spots so unless a freak accident happens, expect him to ride the bench year one at Michigan.
Who is the Starting Left Guard Come Week One?
This is the shortest list for me to do so far and with that it has also been the easiest list to create. Check out the depth chart.
- Ben Braden
- David Dawson
- Stephen Spanellis (red shirt)