Underlying 2022 Michigan footballers

Every year, there are a few players who fly under the radar and enter a new season for a variety of reasons. Players who shy away from injuries, burials in the depth chart, no major play exposure, or simply playing in a position that doesn’t get much praise.

Some people don’t appreciate the pull of the left guard and blocking at the second level as much as they prefer one-handed receptions.

Think back to last season just for a few examples. David Ojabo became a starting player with 35 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, and five forced tackles. He entered the year with only one career (!!!) and there were no loss-taking interventions, forced sacks or confusion during his first two seasons at Ann Arbor.

DJ Turner, Andrew Vastardis, Rod Moore and Andrel Anthony are other great examples of a team of 142 players who have played a pivotal role in the team’s success.

So who are some of those potential key parts of 2022 that aren’t making the headlines?

Graduated Senior Defensive Lineman Julius Welshoff

Julius Welshoff has been on everyone’s tongues since he arrived in 2018. “Have you seen that kid from Germany?!” “Imagine what its structure could be!” But sadly, it recently became, “Is this Welshof in the game? I forgot about it.”

Listed at 6’6, 288 pounds, Welschof moonlight as the Colossus of Rhodes and has only one year left to appear on “Bruce Feldman’s annual”FreaksList. Welshoff possessed all the attributes necessary for success, but he did not bring them together on the field.

Could this be an Ojabo-esque situation where when the 25-year-old German CLICKS it?

Junior midfielder / running back Calel Mullings

If you don’t consume any content from the Spring Games, the double center list will make no sense. But if I do, I’ve seen flashes of potential as a quarterback stopping the run and as a punitive backslash.

Listed at 6 feet 1 and 236 pounds, the Mullings are a manpower that could add valuable depth and variety to both placement groups. As a linebacker, he excels at filling gaps, but also has enough speed to run in an open space with players of opposing skills.

As a running back (who also played in high school), the Mullings can take a portion of the short yard space, bruising away from a killer 1-2 hit by Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards and helping keep them healthy in the long run.

Also, given Hassan Haskins’ recent success in switching between running back and linebacker, it’s hard not to get dizzy about Mullings’ potential.

Senior offensive lineman Carsen Barnhart

Karsen Barnhart is currently in a fight with Trente Jones for the right footing position, but all signs are that it’s a battle he’s going to lose. However, this ‘loss’ goes beyond simply experiencing defeat in a positioning competition

Keeping Barnhart as the Fifth Factor is a chess move made by the coaching staff. Unlike Jones, Barnhart can either play a guard or handle the situation smoothly and for a unit that will undoubtedly have some injury turnover, Barnhart’s plug-and-play mitigates any significant drop in performance.

Being the fifth offensive linebacker is a questionable honour, but having a versatile player like Barnhart in this role could be the difference between a trip back to College Football Playoff or third place in the Big Ten East.

Graduated large wide receiver Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell quickly became the epitome of any pub conversation when discussing the return of Michigan’s talent in 2022. “On an offensive level, the streak could be better, Corum and Edwards could be the best comeback duo in the Big Ten, and Ronnie Bell is back!”

Bale – who was injured in the first game of 2021 against Western Michigan – was undoubtedly the Wolverines’ best center of skill in his very limited movement. The captain drew one pass for a 76 yard touchdown and circus reception with one hand The margin that is not charged due to a fake OPI call.

With the third and final touch of the game, Bill was doing an electric gamble and boosting his campaign at Biletnikoff when BAM took an embarrassing blow and ended his season.

If Ronnie Bell can get back to 100%, it will be WR1 and vying to be Michigan’s first 1,000-yard receiver in nine years.

Michael Barrett graduate

Michael Barrett is a knight on the chessboard for defensive coordinator Jesse Minter. Although not used as prominently as the Queen, Barrett can maneuver around defense like very few players due to his size and versatility.

As a limited starter last season, Barrett was listed against speed-spread offenses when defensive substitutions were limited to nullifying any potential mismatch. Barrett is large enough to hold its running face and athletic enough to cover space.

Barrett will be the X Factor in some matches especially against Penn State and Ohio State.


Honorable mention: defensive tackle Chris Jenkins, McCurry Page safety, defensive end Derek Moore, wide receiver Darius Clemons, defensive end Taylor Upshaw