Weight: 305 lbs.
High school: Columbus (OH) St. Francis DeSales
Position: Offensive guard
Class: Redshirt senior
Jersey number: #65
Last year: I ranked Omameh #7 and said he would be Second Team All-Big Ten. He started 13 games at right guard.
Omameh started every game last year, and while he wasn't quite as good as I expected, the offensive line did fairly well. He was named to Phil Steele's midseason All-Big Ten Second Team, but he struggled with his pulling, especially early in the year. As the season went along and Michigan seemed to use more spread plays, Omameh appeared to get more comfortable with the footwork that offensive line coach Darrell Funk was using.
Omameh enters 2012 as a fourth-year starter at right guard. He has experience in Al Borges's offense now and should pick up where he left off in the second half of 2011, paving the way for both Fitzgerald Toussaint and Denard Robinson to gain over 1,000 yards. His primary backup is redshirt freshman Chris Bryant, who is a good drive blocker but needs work on his pass sets. I think Bryant is going to be a good player, but he might be a year away from being effective . . . and aside from him, there are just true freshmen or walk-ons. The loss of Omameh for any significant period of time could seriously derail Michigan's rushing offense with the question mark at left guard and a new starter at center. I hate to predict the same thing as last year when I was wrong, but I think that Omameh will step up his performance another notch this season.
Prediction: Starting right guard; Second Team All-Big Ten