Players are listed in order of remaining eligibility. With 91 scholarship players allotted, Michigan is currently over its scholarship limit by 6. Meanwhile, 19 seniors are scheduled to graduate, so the 2023 class should have at least 19 players.
TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS ALLOTTED FOR 2022 = 91
Removed OG Nolan Rumler, who is transferring.
Removed S Sammy Faustin, who left the team prior to the 2021 season
The following depth chart has removed the following players from the 2021 depth chart for various reasons:
OL Chuck Filiaga (graduation)
S Brad Hawkins (graduation)
TE Joel Honigford (graduation)
DE Aidan Hutchinson (graduation)
DT Donovan Jeter (graduation)
K Jake Moody (graduation)
P Brad Robbins (graduation)
LB Josh Ross (graduation)
DT Jess Speight (graduation)
OL Andrew Stueber (graduation)
OL Andrew Vastardis (graduation)
It also assumes that every currently rostered player and every currently committed prospect will be here in 2022, which is obviously not true. I listed wide receiver Ronnie Bell on the below roster since he plans to return in 2022 after suffering an ACL tear this season.
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Holy Mary, Mother of God. I don't think I have been that anxious about a Michigan victory since the Wolverines beat Washington State following the 1997 season. I predicted an Ohio State win (shame on me), but I thought Michigan had a chance. What I did not expect is, well, an ass-whooping. When I say an ass-whooping, I don't mean on the scoreboard or really physically (although there was some of that). I just mean it was like Michigan did whatever they wanted to do the whole game. Run the ball? Yes. Trick plays? Yes. Get after the QB? Yes. Stop the run? Yes. Prevent big plays? Yes. This wasn't a fluke victory whatsoever. Michigan looked like the better team from start to finish.
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RUSH OFFENSE vs. OHIO STATE RUSH DEFENSE Michigan is the #15 rushing team (218 yards/game) and averages 5.08 yards per carry, which is #30 in the country. That's good, not great, but it's impressive considering Michigan's starting quarterback isn't much of a threat to run at all. Hassan Haskins topped 1,000 yards last week and now has 216 carries for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns. Fellow star running back Blake Corum (778 yards, 10 TD on the ground) has missed the majority of the last three games with a lower leg injury, but he dressed for last week's game at Maryland and I would expect him back in action against the Buckeyes. Offensive line wise, Michigan is securely #1 in the country in tackles for loss allowed with just 2.18 per game; Georgia is next best with 3.18 per contest. Ohio State is #20 in tackles for loss (7.27 per game) and #11 in rushing defense (102 yards allowed/game). They allow just 3.1 yards per carry (#12) but have faced just 363 rushing attempts, which is the 15th fewest; I guess that's what happens when you score a bunch of points and teams have to pass to try to catch up. Safety Ronnie Hickman (6'1", 205 lbs.) leads the team with 83 tackles, followed by linebacker Cody Simon (6'2", 233) with 47, safety Bryson Shaw (6'0", 195) with 44, and linebacker Teradja Mitchell (6'2", 239) with 44. Linebacker Tommy Eichenberg (6'2", 235) is the biggest TFL guy with 5.5 in the run game this year. Michigan can't get in a track meet with OSU, so they will have to try to run the ball and sustain drives to keep the defense fresh. Advantage: Michigan
Here is an early list of players who are planning to head to Ann Arbor for The Game.
Zeke Berry - S - Concord (CA) De La Salle: Berry is a 6'0", 185-pounder with offers from Michigan, Oregon, and UCLA; he decommitted from Arizona. He's a 4-star, the #19 safety, and #227 overall. This is an official visit.
Ethan Burke - DE - Austin (TX) Westlake: Burke is a 6'7", 225 lb. prospect with offers from Baylor, Kansas State, Michigan, and Texas Tech, among others. He's a 247 Sports 3-star and the #40 edge player. This is an official visit.
Domani Jackson - CB - Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei: Jackson is a 6'1", 185 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama and Michigan, along with a bunch of others. He also just decommitted from USC last week. He's a 5-star, the #2 cornerback, and #6 overall. He has developed a good relationship with Michigan commit Will Johnson (see below), who has been a big positive in Jackson's recruitment. Jackson took an official visit back in September, so this is an unofficial.
That was quietly ugly for Maryland. With my high school season having ended last week, I made the trip to Maryland because I had never been there for a game. Watching the game in person, Michigan was certainly in control for the whole game but in the first half, it seemed like the Terrapins were holding their own. Michigan should have been able to run all over them, but they couldn't. Michigan should have been able to beat up and bruise Taulia Tagovailoa, but they couldn't. It was a comfortable 24-3 lead at halftime, but it never seemed like Michigan was beating the pants off them. And then . . . well . . . the third quarter happened, when Michigan exploded for 28 points. Even though Maryland scored 15 in that stanza, the rout was on. I looked up at the scoreboard and thought, "Is Michigan about to score 60 on a Big Ten opponent not named Rutgers?" In truth, no, they weren't. But they got as close as possible.
RUSH OFFENSE vs. MARYLAND RUSH DEFENSE Michigan is the #14 rushing offense in the country (225 yards/game). The bell cow right now is 6'1", 225 lb. Hassan Haskins, who has 58 carries over the past two weeks since Blake Corum hurt his lower leg. Haskins has responded with 168 and 156 yards, many of them coming after contact while pushing piles, twisting, and diving for extra yardage. Michigan will pound-pound-pound the ball inside and then get big chunks on the edges. Maryland is #77 in rushing defense (157 yards allowed/game) and #70 in yards allowed per carry (4.11). They did a respectable job against Michigan State's Kenneth Walker last week (30 carries, 143 yards, 2 touchdowns), but that allowed quarterback Payton Thorne to average 9.6 yards per passing attempt and throw 4 touchdowns. The top two tacklers for the Terrapins are safeties Jordan Mosley (6'1", 205) and Nick Cross (6'1", 215) with 67 and 57, respectively. It's not usually a great thing when safeties are leading the team in tackling. Nose tackle Ami Finau (6'2", 320) is a decent run stuffer with 5 tackles for loss. Michigan might not be able to gash Maryland over and over again, but they should be able to move the ball consistently. Advantage: Michigan
Austin (TX) Westlake defensive end Ethan Burke was offered by Michigan. Burke is a 6'7", 225 lb. prospect with offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, and Utah, among others. He's a 247 Sports 3-star and the #39 edge player.
Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei cornerback Domani Jackson decommitted from USC. Jackson is a 6'1", 185-pounder who's a 5-star, the #2 cornerback in the country, and #6 overall. Jackson is a good friend of 2022 cornerback commit Will Johnson, but a recent visit to Alabama seems to have put the Crimson Tide in front for now. Jackson will probably be back in Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game, so the Wolverines may have a chance to take back the lead.
Let's see more of this guy on offense . . . Blake Corum. Corum missed most of the Indiana game and the entire Penn State game, leaving the Wolverines to rely heavily on Hassan Haskins. Corum has 130 carries for 778 yards (5.98 yards/carry) and 10 touchdowns. A report came out on Saturday that Corum would miss the next two games, but it's unclear if that meant he would be out through the Maryland game or the Ohio State game. I'm not expecting Corum to come back this week, but it would be great if he could be back by OSU.
That was a win. It wasn't always pretty - especially on offense - but a win in Happy Valley is always nice. It's not an easy place to play, and the Nittany Lions are usually pretty good, so you take an ugly win if you can get it. I decided to watch the game sans social media and just enjoy the back-and-forth, because I knew there would be a ton of griping. And nobody's allowed to gripe but me. So I grumbled at times to myself, but for the most part, I thought Michigan played pretty well.
RUSH OFFENSE vs. PSU RUSH DEFENSE Michigan's rushing offense has dropped off somewhat dramatically from earlier in the year, which is saying something, since they're still #6 with 234 yards/game on the ground and #15 in rushing average. Hassan Haskins leads the team in carries (165), yardage (829 yards), and touchdowns (11). He may be relied on more heavily than normal. After a career-high 27 carries last week with Blake Corum missing all but one offensive play, Haskins is the only somewhat experienced back on the roster. I do not expect Corum (who was in a walking boot by the end of the game) to play and freshman Donovan Edwards missed last week due to injury, leaving Haskins and then . . . walk-on Leon Franklin and freshman fifth-stringer Tavierre Dunlap. Penn State is #50 in rush defense (137 yards allowed/game) and #31 in yards per carry allowed (3.56). With starting defensive tackle P.J. Mustipher out for the season, the Nittany Lions' rushing defense has fallen off; they gave up 357 yards on the ground to Illinois three weeks ago. Things have improved a little over the past couple weeks, but that may be due to playing Maryland, which is pretty inept on the ground. The leading tacklers are senior linebacker Ellis Brooks (6'1", 241 lbs.) and junior inside linebacker Brandon Smith (6'3", 241) with 68 and 61 stops, respectively. I think Michigan can pound the ball a little bit, but they need to be careful to keep Haskins fresh. Advantage: Michigan
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Eat your vitamins. My biggest takeaway from this game is that Michigan needs to get healthy. Going into the game, Michigan was missing RB Donovan Edwards and TE Erick All. And here are the players who got injured during the game: QB Cade McNamara (lower body), RB Blake Corum (lower leg), CB Gemon Green (shoulder), WR Andrel Anthony (unknown). Luckily, the Wolverines had a big enough advantage in this game that it ended up not affecting the outcome, but the toughest stretch of the schedule is coming up, with Penn State next week and Ohio State in three weeks.
Bryce Archie - QB - Powder Springs (GA) McEachern: Archie is a 6'3", 205 lb. prospect who is currently committed to Coastal Carolina. He was recently offered by Michigan and is taking an official visit this weekend. Archie is a 3-star, the #51 quarterback, and #793 overall.
Tyler Morris - WR - La Grange Park (IL) Nazareth Academy: Morris is committed to Michigan.
Kaleb Webb - WR - Powder Springs (GA) McEachern: Webb is a 6'3", 185 lb. prospect who is committed to East Carolina. He also has offers from Kentucky, Ole Miss, and South Carolina. He's a teammate of Archie (see above) and this is an official visit. He's a 3-star, the #92 wide receiver, and #665 overall.
Let's see more of this guy . . . Andrel Anthony. Anthony pulled a Ricky White and came out of nowhere to have a huge game. He caught 6 passes for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both touchdowns were spectacular, with one 93-yard catch-and-run and a Moss-ing.