Michigan Football Preview 2019

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The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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OFFENSE Pos. Returning Honorees QB Shea Patterson (senior) — Michigan (3rd, coaches) RB Jonathan Taylor (junior) — Wisconsin (1st, coaches and media) J.K. Dobbins (junior) — Ohio State (2nd, coaches) Anthony McFarland (redshirt sophomore) — Maryland (2nd media; 3rd coaches) Reggie Corbin (fifth-year senior) — Illinois (3rd, coaches and media) WR Rondale Moore (sophomore) — Purdue (1st, coaches and media) Tyler Johnson (senior) — Minnesota (1st media; 2nd coaches) J.D. Spielman (redshirt junior) — Nebraska (3rd, coaches and media) Donovan Peoples-Jones (junior) — Michigan (3rd, coaches) K.J. Hill (fifth-year senior) — Ohio State (3rd, media) TE Brycen Hopkins (fifth-year senior) — Purdue (3rd, media) OT Jon Runyan (fifth-year senior) — Michigan (1st coaches; 2nd media) Alaric Jackson (redshirt junior) — Iowa (2nd coaches and media) Rashawn Slater (junior) — Northwestern (3rd, coaches) OG Ben Bredeson (senior) — Michigan (2nd, coaches and media) Michael Onwenu (senior) — Michigan (3rd, coaches) OC Tyler Biadasz (redshirt junior) — Wisconsin (1st, coaches and media) Cesar Ruiz (junior) — Michigan (3rd, coaches) DEFENSE Pos. Returning Honorees DL Kenny Willekes (fifth-year senior) — Michigan State (1st, coaches and media) A.J. Epenesa (junior) — Iowa (1st media; 2nd coaches) Yetur Gross-Matos (junior) — Penn State (1st media; 3rd coaches) Carter Coughlin (senior) — Minnesota (2nd, coaches and media) Joe Gaziano (fifth-year senior) — Northwestern (2nd coaches; 3rd media) Chase Young (junior) — Ohio State (2nd coaches; 3rd media) Raequan Williams (fifth-year senior) — Michigan State (3rd, coaches and media) LB Joe Bachie (senior) — Michigan State (1st coaches; 2nd media) Paddy Fisher (redshirt junior) — Northwestern (1st coaches; 2nd media) Markus Bailey (fifth-year senior) — Purdue (2nd coaches; 3rd media) Mohamed Barry (fifth-year senior) — Nebraska (3rd, media) Blake Gallagher (junior) — Northwestern (3rd, media) DB Lavert Hill (senior) — Michigan (1st, coaches and media) Antoine Brooks (senior) — Maryland (2nd, coaches) Josh Metellus (senior) — Michigan (2nd, coaches and media) Jordan Fuller (senior) — Ohio State (2nd, media) David Dowell (fifth-year senior) — Michigan State (3rd, coaches) Dicaprio Bootle (redshirt junior) — Nebraska (3rd, coaches and media) SPECIAL TEAMS Pos. Returning Honorees K Matt Coghlin (redshirt junior) — Michigan State (1st media; 3rd coaches) Logan Justus (fifth-year senior) — Indiana (2nd coaches; 3rd media) P Will Hart (redshirt junior) — Michigan (1st, coaches and media) Drue Chrisman (redshirt junior) — Ohio State (2nd, coaches and media) Blake Hayes (junior) — Illinois (3rd, media) RS Rondale Moore (sophomore) — Purdue (1st coaches; 2nd media) Ihmir Smith-Marsette (junior) — Iowa (1st media; 2nd coaches) Donovan Peoples-Jones (junior) — Michigan (3rd, coaches and media) A LOGJAM IN THE WEST The West has never been more jam-packed at the top than it is heading into 2019, with Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wis- consin all realistic contenders to make it to the title game in Indy. There is no clear favorite out of the quartet, however, which could even allow Purdue and Minnesota to join the division title race. How well Wisconsin bounces back from a disappointing 8-5 campaign, and how much Nebraska improves from year one to year two of the Scott Frost era will be two of the determining fac- tors that decide the division. TRANSFER QUARTERBACKS Four teams (Maryland, Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State) are expected to start a transfer quarterback in 2019, with Indiana potentially joining the party as a fifth (if Utah transfer redshirt freshman Jack Tuttle wins the job). Three of them — Michigan senior Shea Patterson, Northwest- ern redshirt sophomore Hunter Johnson and Ohio State sopho- more Justin Fields — were five-star prospects out of high school, and their play will be key in their respective club's hopes for a division title. THE WOLVERINE 2019 FOOTBALL PREVIEW ■ 123 RETURNING ALL-BIG TEN PLAYERS

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