Michigan Football spring practice position preview: Offensive line

Michigan Football will begin spring practice on Feb. 25 and the annual spring game will be played on Apr. 5 at Michigan Stadium. We will preview each position group between now and the start of spring practice.

The first position group we will put under the microscope is the offensive line. This is a group that struggled mightily last season, lost both starting tackles to graduation, and heading into spring practice, it’s safe to say that all five starting jobs are up for grabs.

The offensive linemen on the 2014 roster have a combined 38 career starts between them. Three of those players, Erik Magnuson, Chris Bryant and Joey Burzynski, will miss spring practice as they recover from injuries.

Projected starters

LT: Erik Magnuson (RS So, 6-6, 295): Magnuson appeared in 12 games last year, starting 7 of them at guard. He projects as a tackle and with those 7 starts, he is one of Michigan’s most experienced offensive linemen. Missing spring practice will slow his development, but he figures to be ready for fall camp.

LG: David Dawson (RS Fr, 6-4, 300): Dawson redshirted last year and is bursting with potential. Brady Hoke said that Dawson will get reps at right tackle in spring practice, but his natural position is guard and he is my dark horse pick to start at left guard.

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Graham Glasgow

C: Graham Glasgow (RS Jr, 6-6, 300): With 13 careers starts under his belt, Glasgow is Michigan’s most experienced offensive linemen. Brady Hoke also loves him and I give him a slight edge over Patrick Kugler to start at center.

RG: Kyle Kalis (RS So, 6-5, 302): Kalis started eight games at right guard and was named to the All-Big Ten Freshmen team by espn. He struggled at times last year and ultimately lost his starting assignment. He has all the tools and is said to play with a mean streak.

RT: Ben Braden (RS So, 6-6, 315): Braden is a physical specimen, who many thought would factor into the offensive line rotation last season. That didn’t happen as he appeared in just two games. However, he continues to have big upside and heading into spring practice he is a front runner for one of the tackle positions.

Key Reserves

Kyle Bosch (So): As a true freshman last year, he started three games. Bosch will be in the mix to start at either guard position and could very well be a starter on opening day.

Patrick Kugler (RS Fr): Kugler is a highly touted prospect, who redshirted last year and will push hard for the starting center job. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him mix in at guard also.

Logan Tuley-Tillman (RS Fr): Checking in at 6-foot-7, 300 pounds, Tuley-Tillman has the size of a prototypical tackle. He will be in the hunt for one of the starting tackle positions throughout spring practice and into fall camp.

Chris Bryant (RS Jr): Bryant has battled injuries throughout his Michigan career and, as mentioned above, he will miss spring practice. When healthy, he will be a viable option to start at guard.

Blake Bars (RS Fr): Bars will be a factor in the guard rotation.

Incoming freshmen: Juwan Bushell-Beatty and Mason Cole, who is an early enrollee.

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  • http://isportsweb.com/ Joe White

    All of the attributes are there, just missing the known quantity of experience. Should be interesting. Could come together well or be a major issue.