|Jared Van Slyke|
Weight: 196 lbs.
High school: John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, MO
Class: Redshirt senior
Jersey number: #31
Last year: I did not rank Van Slyke. He missed the season due to a broken clavicle.
I overlooked Van Slyke in the 2010 Countdown mainly because he was a walk-on, but once August practice rolled around, he looked like he might earn some playing time at free safety. Then he broke his clavicle and missed the entire year. But way back in 2009, he played in nine games and made 2 tackles as a safety and special teamer.
Michigan has enough depth and experience at the safety positions that he's probably out of the running to play much defense, but Van Slyke returns for his final year of eligibility with a shot to make an impact once again on special teams. And if injury/attrition rates for defensive backs continue at the same rate they have in recent years, who knows? Maybe he'll get a shot to start.
(Yes, he's the son of former St. Louis Cardinal and Pittsburgh Pirate Andy Van Slyke.)
Prediction: Special teams contributor