Michigan Football Position Preview: Right 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 right tackle position. This position has three guys fighting for the top spot as Erik Magnuson has been a solid starter at the position. Nolan Ulizio and Jon Runyan Jr. are sophomores that didn’t get redshirted last year and both will look to make a scene and possibly start over the redshirt senior. These three men are going to fight like hell to prove to coach Harbaugh that they are the starting right tackle at Michigan. Let’s breakdown both candidate’s.
Jon Runyan Jr.
Jon Runyan Jr. was the anchor for St. Joseph’s Prep in high school where he helped the run game average 201 yards a game. Runyan Jr. will look to be one of the two possible spoilers against the redshirt senior Erik Magnuson.
Another anchor in an impressive run game, Ulizio helped lead Lakota West average 150 rushing yards a game. Ulizio was a three star offensive lineman and he was named a Fall Prep All-Star and second-team All-District by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The final contestant to start at the position is redshirt senior Erik Magnuson. He was redshirted in 2012, but in 2013 he got some playing time, starting seven games at guard, and appeared in five other games on special teams. In 2014 he appeared in eight games with only five starts. 2015 was his best year so far, starting in 12 games at right tackle. He was on the 2015 All-Big Ten third team and with another good year he could move to the second and maybe even first team All-Big Ten.
Who Starts at Right Tackle for Michigan Come Week One?
This battle is going to be Magnuson’s to lose, going up against Ulizio and Runyan Jr. last year he beat them out and this year will be the same.
- Erik Magnuson
- Jon Runyan Jr.
- Nolan Ulizio