Michigan Football Position Preview: Left 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 left tackle position. This position has five guys fighting for the top spot as Mason Cole has been a rock at the position for the past two years, and it would be crazy if he lost his job. Grant Newsome, Greg Froelich and Juwann Bushell-Beatty are looking to take down the top dog and get more playing time. Ben Bredeson is the lone incoming freshman at the position as he looks to play spoiler against the top left tackle on the team. Most of these players on this list can play either left or right tackle and possibly guard and center, so if they aren’t able to win this job, they can still compete elsewhere on the offensive line. These five men are going to fight like hell to prove to coach Harbaugh that they are the starting left tackle at Michigan. Let’s breakdown each candidate.
The sophomore from Lawrenceville School already has some playing time, starting one game last year and appearing in four in total. The former four star tackle is looking to try to knock out Cole for the job and it won’t be easy. Newsome might not get some playing time at left tackle, but if he can get some kind of playing time this season, 2017 could be his year to take over for Cole.
A junior from the pipeline of Paramus, New Jersey, Beatty has only played in four games last season and looks to get more involved with the team. This season for him might be the same as Newsome, playing once in a while to get ready for 2017 as Cole leaves for the NFL.
The man who has made history at Michigan will look for another great year. Cole was the first ever true freshman to start a season opener on the offensive line in 2014 and this season opener this year could be his last. Cole has played in all 25 games for the Wolverines and was an All Big-Ten honorable mention last season. Cole has the strength to keep defenders away from his quarterback and help create holes for the running game. Cole has been healthy his entire career and if he can improve even more and stay healthy, he could leave to go for the NFL in 2017.
Greg is a senior from Deerfield Academy who has yet to see any playing time since joining the team in 2013. He was redshirted that year and since being eligible to play, hasn’t had a shot. With that in mind, his chances are really slim to even sniff the field this year if he hasn’t played since being on the team in 2013.
The final left tackle on this list is Ben Bredeson. He helped lead his team to two state championships and two second place finishes in his four years on varsity. He was also the Gatorade Player of the Year in Wisconsin, along with being on the MaxPreps and USA Today first team All-American. Bredeson seems to be a solid left tackle, but if Cole already being the rock, Harbaugh could slap on the red shirt for this man and throw him in to the role in 2017.
So Who is the Starting Left Tackle for Michigan Come Week One?
This competition is the first one that the starter is easily identifiable. While Michigan has a good left tackle in Mason Cole, it is always good to have backup options that you can have faith in if an injury occurs. Check out the projected depth chart.
- Mason Cole
- Grant Newsome
- Juwann Bushell-Beatty
- Greg Froelich
- Ben Bredeson (red shirt)