|Kyle Bosch (#65), an Illinois native, celebrates the win over Northwestern|
Weight: 303 lbs.
High school: Wheaton (IL) St. Francis
Position: Offensive guard
Jersey number: #65
Last year: I ranked Bosch #78 and said he would redshirt if possible. He played in five games and started three at left guard.
In last year's Bosch profile, I wrote "He probably won't be one of the five best linemen right off the bat, but he has a chance to be a Justin Boren-type injury replacement at some point in the season." That's exactly what happened. The coaches held him out until the Indiana game, when an injury to backup guard Joe Burzynski - who was making his first career start - forced Bosch onto the field. I felt that Bosch was Michigan's most college-ready freshman lineman in 2013, and he held his own. But he played like a freshman, struggled with combo blocks, and eventually returned to the bench in favor of the Erik Magnuson/Kyle Kalis guard combination.
The most recent information coming out of practice says that Bosch and Kalis are the odd men out with Magnuson playing left guard and Graham Glasgow on the right. Sometimes that information has to do with injuries, motivational ploys, or attempts by the coaching staff to mix things up and see what works. When I put this list together, I assumed that Magnuson would be required at left tackle, not true freshman Mason Cole. I will stick to my guns and say that Bosch should be the starter at left guard, because having a freshman playing blind side tackle terrifies me just a wee bit. However, there are obviously still some moving parts. It will be interesting to see who trots out there on August 30th.
Prediction: Starting left guard