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2006 and 2007 Depth Charts

Parentheses indicate number of starts, accounting for different formations. Departing players struck out.

Offensive Line
LT LG C RG RT
Long (13) Kraus (13) Bihl (13) Mitchell (12) Riley (12)
Ortmann Ciulla Moosman Boren (1) Mitchell (1)
Schifano Zirbel
Offensive Skill Players
WR TE QB FB HB WR
Breaston (12) Ecker (6) Henne (13) Oluigbo (4) Hart (13) Manningham (2)
Tabb (4) Butler (5) Forcier Paul Grady Arrington (4)
Bradley Massey (2) Criswell Minor Mathews (1)
Thompson Jackson
Defensive Line
DE DT NT DE
Woodley (13) Branch (13) Taylor (11) Biggs (13)
Van Alstyne Johnson Walton Jamison
Germany
Linebackers
WLB MLB SLB
Burgess (9) Harris (13) Crable (8)
Graham (4) Thompson Burgess
Logan
Secondary
CB FS SS CB
Hall (13) Englemon (8) Adams (13) Trent (11)
Harrison (6) Mundy (6) Barringer Stewart (2)
Sears
Specialists
K P Ret
Rivas (13) Mesko Breaston

Removing players who will not be joining the Wolverines in the Fall, and adding in a couple of freshmen, the projected depth chart will flow as follows:

Offensive Line
LT LG C RG RT
Long (13) Kraus (13) or Boren Boren or Moosman Mitchell (12) Schilling or Ortman or Zirbel
Ortmann Ciulla Boren (1) Mitchell (1)
Schifano
Offensive Skill Players
WR TE QB FB HB WR
Arrington (4) Butler (5) Henne (13) Criswell Hart (13) Manningham (8)
Massey (2) Mallett or
Forcier
Helmuth Grady Mathews (1)
Minor
Defensive Line
DE DT NT DE
Germany or Van Alstyne Johnson Taylor (11) Jamison
Slocum Walton Graham
Linebackers
WLB MLB SLB
Graham (4) Thompson or Panter Crable (8)
Mouton or Logan Mixon Patilla or Mouton
Secondary
CB FS SS CB
Sears Englemon (8) or S. Brown Adams (13) Trent (11)
Harrison (6) Williams Enlgemon Warren
Specialists
K P Ret
Wright Mesko Sears, Minor, ?)

Some things have changed since spring practice has begun (not reflected in the above). Andre Criswell has moved from fullback to H-back, leaving early-enrolled freshman Vince Helmuth as the lone Fullback. However, from Lloyd’s spring presser, it sounds like the move is just for spring:

“We moved Andre Criswell to tight end. Criswell is a big, strong guy who really, I thought, towards the end of the season began to emerge. He’ll still play some fullback, but this spring the emphasis will be at tight end because Mike Massey is out for the spring with a procedure.”

All reports indicate that Jonas Mouton has looked great in practices thus far; will he be able to take the starting spot from Chris Graham? Carlos Brown has switched to the defensive side of the ball. Quoth Lloyd:

“Carlos Brown came in to see me after the bowl game and has an interest in moving to cornerback. That’s going to be a great move for us.”

…and on kick returns:

“Steve Brown will be a candidate, Carlos Brown is definitely in the mix. Greg Mathews. We’ll look at a lot of guys, but I think those three have shown the type of potential to do well.”

Then there’s Arrington-Butler-Germany-gate. None of the aforementioned are listed on the spring roster, and it’s unclear which (if any) will return to the team in the fall.

On whether Arrington, Eugene Germany or Carson Butler will practice this spring … “No.”

On whether all three could return by fall if they do what’s expected of them … “That is possible, maybe not probable.”

Mgoblue has the full spring press conference transcribed here. Updated depth charts coming soon taking into account all of Lloyd’s fun updates.

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