Michigan Position Preview: Cornerback
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 cornerback position. This position has 10 guys fighting for the top spot as Jourdan Lewis is the clear leader and is a the number two cornerback in college football itself. Jeremy Clark, Channing Stribling and Brandon Watson all have playing experience out of the other players and look to get some more this year. Reon Dawson, Keith Washington, Taylor Krupp and Anthony Dalimonte have no experience and look to maybe have a chance to play on the field this season. David Long and Lavert Hill are two incoming freshman who could possibly see some playing time if they impress the coaching staff and can jump over the more experienced secondary. These 10 men are going to fight like hell to prove to coach Harbaugh that they are the starting cornerback at Michigan. Let’s breakdown all 10 candidate’s.
Watson is the first cornerback on this list and the one with the least experience out of the people who have played.Watson has played in just six games, appearing at cornerback and special teams, he has just eight tackles. Watson will probably get the same treatment as last year with everyone that was ahead of him still on the team.
A sophomore from Prattville, Washington didn’t see any action last season and he could see a redshirt this year to preserve his athletic ability into 2017 with the same amount of years left to play for Michigan.
The first senior on the list, Stribling has 40 tackles, half of one for a loss, two interceptions, three pass deflections and one forced fumble. Stribling was the number three cornerback last year and this year should be no different.
A senior from Trotwood-Madison and high school teammates of linebacker Mike McCray, Dawson only played three games of organized football in high school and with many more experienced players in front of him, expect those three to be the only game he plays.
A senior from Brother Rice, Dalimonte was redshirted in 2013, but still hasn’t had a chance to play for Michigan. This is Dalimonte’s last chance and he might come up empty.
The fifth year senior who was besides Jourdan Lewis last year is back and with 39 tackles, three interceptions, and four pass deflections, those numbers can expect to increase even more this year. Clark was a helpful cornerback last year and if he can play in all of the games last year after missing two last season, he could maybe end up hearing his name get called late in the NFL draft.
A sophomore from New Lothrop, Taylor Krupp has not played one down yet for the Wolverines and with good depth in front of him, his chances of playing this year are very slim.
Brother of safety Delano Hill, Lavert is the first freshman on this list and he had 12 interceptions last year, three returned for touchdowns. With those hands, he could compete for some playing time his first year in the maize and blue.
The clear cut starter is back for his senior season. Lewis is the number two cornerback in the NCAA, behind Desmond King from Iowa. If Jourdan Lewis has another fantastic season, he could jump up and take the number one title. Lewis is a for sure first round pick with 108 tackles, five for loss, one sack, 28 pass deflections, four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown and one forced fumble. Lewis was praised by coach Harbaugh just recently as Harbaugh said the only person who could cover Jabrill Peppers in practice is Jourdan Lewis. If Lewis can cover the most athletic and dynamic player on the team, imagine who else he can cover around the nation.
The last incoming freshman is David Long. He had 27 tackles, two for loss, one interception and four pass deflections in his carer. He played more of wide receiver in high school, but his coverage skills were good enough to convert him to cornerback. Long will have to take a year to understand how the college game is different from high school, especially with playing cornerback strictly.
Who Starts at Cornerback for Michigan Come Week One?
The top four spots here weren’t really hard to figure out, but depth behind that was where this one got some thought. Check it out below.
- Jourdan Lewis
- Jeremy Clark
- Channing Stribling
- Brandon Watson
- Lavert Hill
- Reon Dawson
- Keith Washington
- Anthony Dalimonte
- Taylor Krupp (red shirted)
- David Long (red shirted)