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September 2021

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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38 THE WOLVERINE SEPTEMBER 2021 BY CLAYTON SAYFIE M ichigan's 2019 class was ranked No. 10 overall na- tionally by, and its impact will be felt in the players' third collegiate season, with the group, now upperclassmen, tran- sitioning into more prominent roles. Of the 26 signed, 22 remain on the team, with three having transferred and another — former wide receiver Quintel Kent — forced to medically retire from the game. Here's an in-depth look at their ca- reers to this point: Rec. Name Pos. Stars Erick All TE Has appeared in 17 career games with two starts, both of which came in 2020, when he caught 12 passes for 82 yards. A projected starter, he's expected to be a focal point as both a blocker and pass catcher this fall. Karsen Barnhart OL Redshirted his freshman year, ap- pearing in two games at left tackle and one on special teams, before mak- ing six appearances in 2020. The latter season, he started four games at left tackle. Firmly in the two-deep, he's battling for time at right tackle now. Zach Carpenter OL Did not see action during his fresh- man season but was named the squad's Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year. He played in five tilts in 2020, including three on the offensive line, making two starts at center. Despite showing promise, Carpenter trans- ferred to Indiana in December 2020. Zach Charbonnet RB Started six games and appeared in all 13 in 2019, carrying the ball 149 times for a team-high 726 yards. His 11 rushing touchdowns stand as the most by a freshman in a single season in school history. In 2020, he regis- tered 19 rushes for 124 yards and one touchdown in five appearances with two starts, before transferring to hometown UCLA. Daxton Hill S Made 36 tackles with three for loss, two fumble recoveries, four pass breakups and one interception while appearing in 13 games with three starts in 2019. He started all six con- tests in 2020, finishing second on the team with 46 tackles, while also add- ing five pass breakups and one pick. Perhaps the most talented player on the entire roster, he's expected to start at safety once again, and also play some at cornerback and nickel back. Christopher Hinton DL Contributed as a backup in 2019, playing in 12 games with one start and notching nine tackles with a half- stop for loss, before starting four of his six appearances in 2020 and gen- erating 13 tackles with two for loss, one sack and a pair of pass breakups. It's anticipated that he'll be a starter at defensive tackle this fall. Giles Jackson WR Showed flashes in a reserve role in 2019, when he appeared in all 13 games with one start and made nine catches for 142 yards and one score. He also returned one kickoff for a touchdown. He played in five games with three starts in 2020, leading the team in all-purpose yards while rack- ing up 15 catches for 167 yards. He transferred to Washington this off- season. Cornelius Johnson WR Reeled in 16 catches for 254 yards and a team-leading three touch- down receptions last season, after appearing in 12 games and hauling in four passes for 61 yards and one touchdown as a freshman in 2019. The only wideout on the roster who stands taller than 6-foot (6-3) and has game experience at U-M, Johnson will likely start at one of the outside receiver positions this fall. George Johnson CB/WR Began his career as a wide receiver, before converting to cornerback, where he's resided since, ahead of the 2020 campaign. He has not ap- peared in game action yet, but has drawn praise from junior wide re- ceiver Ronnie Bell and defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale during camp and may crack the rotation, likely in a backup role, in 2021. Quinten Johnson S His two special teams appearances in 2020 are the only taste of game ac- tion he's seen so far in a winged hel- met. He appears to be buried on the depth chart heading into the season. Trente Jones OL Has just one career game (2020 versus Minnesota) of experience, but made a move this offseason, with head coach Jim Harbaugh praising him on numerous occasions both at Big Ten Media Days and during fall camp. He is currently battling for time at right tackle. Sophomore safety Daxton Hill made a career-high 11 tackles against Wisconsin last season. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL 2019 CLASS REVIEW READY TO SHINE The 2019 Class Will Be Crucial To Michigan's 2021 Success

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