Thursday, May 30, 2024

2024 Season Countdown: #106 Brandon Mann


Brandon Mann (image via Twitter)

Name: Brandon Mann
231 lbs.
High school:
Detroit (MI) Country Day
Tight end
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number:
Last year:
I ranked Mann #122 and said he would be a backup quarterback (LINK). He did not play.
TTB Rating:

If you look up "jack of all trades" in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of Leonardo da Vinci.

Or perhaps Shane Halter.

But by the end of his career, you might see a picture of Brandon Mann. A high school quarterback at Detroit Country Day, he entered Michigan's program, naturally, as a quarterback. He even attempted a pass against UConn as a true freshman, which is no small feat. (NOTE: Projected starting quarterback Alex Orji's lone career pass attempt came in the same game, but Mann's pass went for 7 yards while Orji's went for 5.)

Then came the 2023 season, and Mann switched to safety. And with such a position switch, it shouldn't have been surprising that Mann didn't see the field.

But now we're on to the 2024 calendar year, and Mann has made another switch, this time to tight end. He went from an average sized quarterback to a big safety to a small tight end now at 6'3" and 231 pounds. And once again, he's unlikely to see the field much this fall, if at all. It's another significant position switch.

And oh, by the way . . . did I mention he's also a right-handed pitcher for the baseball team? This spring he pitched 19 innings with 10 strikeouts and a 3.79 ERA while going 2-0.

Shane Halter's seat is getting warm, and by golly, if Mann moves to linebacker in 2025, Leonardo da Vinci better start looking over his shoulder.

Prediction: Backup tight end

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