Michigan Football Position Preview: Strong Safety
Kickoff is less than one month 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 strong safety position. This position has six guys fighting for the top spot as Dymonte Thomas is the leader with appearing in 10 games last year, looking to make it more this year. Tyree Kinnel and AJ Pearson both played in a few games last year, but look to try to become the starter this season. Jordan Glasgow has no experience and looks to hopefully break out and step on the field for the first time. Devin Gill and Khaleke Hudson are two incoming freshman who could see some playing time if they impress the coaching staff and can jump over the more experienced secondary. These six men are going to fight like hell to prove to coach Harbaugh that they are the starting strong safety at Michigan. Let’s breakdown all six candidate’s.
A sophomore who is brothers with Graham and Ryan Glasgow, Jordan is different from his brothers. While they battle in the trenches, Jordan is in the secondary. Jordan hasn’t played a down yet, and with a few experienced players in front of him, he might have to wait another year.
The former linebacker turned into safety, Gil had 124 tackles, and three interceptions his last two years in high school. Gil will have a tough time playing with experienced people in front of him and transitioning from linebacker to safety.
The senior who has the most experience on this list, Thomas has 58 tackles, seven pass deflections and one forced fumble in his career and if he can play in all of the games this year, those numbers will increase a good amount and maybe if he can go off, he could be a seventh round draft pick in the 2017 draft.
A sophomore with two tackles in the eight games he appeared in, Kinnel has a good chance to put in more time on the field this year. Jabrill Peppers moved from strong safety to linebacker, meaning Kinnel isn’t third on the depth chart anymore and he will have a chance to be the backup this year.
The redshirt senior is looking for his final chance to play with the winged helmet. Pearson has only appeared in eight games in his career with a total of two tackles. He appears mostly on special teams, but he could finally see some real-time on the field this season at the strong safety position.
The final freshman coming in from McKeesport high school, ending his career with 88 total tackles, one for loss, three sacks, seven interceptions, three pass deflections and five fumble recoveries. Hudson has a better chance than Gil to get some playing time, but don’t be surprised if he sits this year out.
Who Starts at Strong Safety Week One for Michigan?
Behind Thomas there is a tough spot with who could sit and who could play. Check out the list below.
- Dymonte Thomas
- Tyree Kinnel
- AJ Pearson
- Khaleke Hudson
- Jordan Glasgow
- Devin Gil (red shirted)