2007 Michigan Football Preview
2007 Michigan football preview
2006 Record: 11-2, 7-1
The Wolverines lost 7 starters from their 2006 defense that led the NCAA in rushing yards allowed per game (43.4). Four of those players were drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. The biggest question will be how the new starters respond to full-time roles, but it appears that the defense won’t have to be as good as last year considering the high-powered offense for the Wolverines should score plenty of points.
The defensive line will have one returning starter in junior DT Terrance Taylor. Taylor is a monster in the middle of the line who can stuff the run and keep blockers off the linebackers. Juniors Tim Jamison and Will Johnson along with sophomore Brandon Graham will fill out the rest of the defensive line with Taylor. Depth could be a factor considering the lack of experience, but there should be plenty of opportunities throughout the season to work players into the second half of games.
Shawn Crable is the lone starter retuning at linebacker. Crable, a senior, is a seasoned veteran who can apply pressure from the outside. Crable should help incoming starters Chris Graham and John Thompson adjust to their new roles, and this group should be able to help stuff the running game.
The secondary took a hit after losing Leon Hall. While stopping the run was no problem for the Wolverines last season they were not as spectacular defending the pass. Senior Jamar Adams returns to his starting position at safety, and junior Morgan Trent is back at cornerback. Both Adams and Trent went through some tough spells in 2006, but they learned valuable lessons along the way. Stevie Brown should lock down the strong safety position, and newly recruited Donovan Warren will push sophomore Johnny Sears for the final CB spot.
Bryan Wright appears to be the leading candidate to win the kicking duties, but
senior KC Lopata still has his hat in the mix. Wright does not have much
experience considering Garrett Rivas handled the job the past four years. Zoltan
Mesko returns for his second year as the punter.
The return game is in need of a new spark. Steve Breaston was a touchdown waiting to happen when he returned kicks at Michigan, and Michigan always seems to have someone step in and make a mark as a return specialist. A number of names have been tossed around as next in line including Greg Mathews and Carlos Brown.
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2007 Overview: The Wolverines will most likely find themselves in a similar position as last
when they reach the end of their schedule, although, this year they are on the
national radar prior to game one. They will face three decent opponents in
September when Oregon, Notre Dame, and Penn State all come to Ann Arbor.
However, it could be November before they see their first true test when they
head to Wisconsin. Finally, the seniors will look to cap off their careers as
Wolverines when they host the Buckeyes on November 17th. There is a good
possibility that their final Big Ten game will have the same implications on the
line as last year. If the Michigan defense comes around in 2007, their offense
could carry them to the BCS Championship Game on January 7th.
Michigan Wolverines 2007 Football Schedule
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