|Fullback Mark Moundros|
2010 Countdown: #40 Mark Moundros
Moundros was an outstanding high school runner at North Farmington High School. In his 2005 senior season, he ran for 2,113 yards and 19 touchdowns, earning all-state honors. However, he was largely unrecruited and followed his older brother, former walk-on fullback Kirk, to Ann Arbor.
Moundros redshirted as a freshman walk-on in 2006, but then beat out a couple scholarship athletes to earn the starting fullback position in 2007. He never rushed the ball but ended the season with 3 receptions for 11 yards. He also was a special teams standout, making 11 tackles on kick and punt coverage. As a redshirt sophomore in 2008, Moundros started three games; rushed 3 times for 14 yards and 1 touchdown; caught 1 pass for 2 yards and 1 touchdown; and made 3 special teams tackles. Due partially to an early-season injury, Moundros was limited in 2009. He played sparingly at fullback and made only two special teams tackles. Prior to spring practice in 2010, Moundros moved to defense in an attempt to solidify the linebacker position. He was even named permanent captain for the defense, but it was essentially a failed experiment. Moundros started one game at weakside linebacker and made a total of 17 tackles on defense and special teams.
3 carries, 14 yards, 1 touchdown; 4 receptions, 13 yards, 1 touchdown; 33 tackles, 1 forced fumble
2010: Team captain. Robert P. Ufer Award (most enthusiastic senior). Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
2008: Michigan's special teams player of the year.
2007: Academic All-Big Ten
I was a little suspicious when Moundros beat out more highly touted players for the fullback position in 2007, but I was pleasantly surprised by his play. He was a thumping lead blocker and seemed to have a good feel for lead blocking in a zone system. When Rich Rodriguez arrived in 2008, I assumed that Moundros would become Michigan's poor man's version of Owen Schmitt, the talented fullback from WVU who now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, that role never really materialized with Rodriguez in Ann Arbor, who chose to use tight ends (Kevin Koger) and converted tailbacks (Kevin Grady) instead of true fullbacks. The I-formation largely disappeared from Michigan's repertoire by 2010, when the "starting" fullback was John McColgan. I feel bad for Moundros for not getting on the field much in his senior season, although he reportedly approached the coaches about the move to linebacker. I was not impressed with McColgan in his limited time, and I'm not sure if the disappearance of the I-formation had to do with Michigan's offensive line, its philosophy of getting Denard Robinson into open space, the lack of a solid fullback, or some combination of those three factors. I am confident that Moundros was a better fullback than a linebacker, the latter of which exposed his inexperience and lack of instincts. But kudos to him for being the consummate team player, trying to help in an area of need, making an impact on special teams, and earning the captaincy despite not being a star player. Hopefully, he set a good example for the younger players that will trickle down to their work ethic and leadership in the years to come.
Moundros will likely not play in the NFL. If he has any future in professional football, it's at the fullback position. I would not be surprised to see him play Arena Football or something to that effect, but he also seems to be an intelligent person who has the means to succeed in a life beyond sports.
What about special teams in the NFL? I know no one gets drafted to be on special teams outside of specialists, but Moundros could probably make an impact on kick and punt teams if he gets signed after going undrafted. Just a thought.
@ David 4:16 p.m.ReplyDelete
I definitely think Moundros could make an impact as a special teamer, but those guys have to be able to play another position (unless they can long snap). Most teams now don't carry more than one fullback on their active roster, so if he's not good enough to be your starting fullback...then I doubt he can be your starter. I think Moundros was underused at Michigan, but I don't know if he could be a #1 fullback in the NFL.