The Wolverine

August 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  commitment profile Film Evaluation Strengths: At 15 years old, this player stands 6-4 and 250 pounds. He moves extremely well for his size and age. Runyan Jr. shows glimpses of the same impressive balance that his father had. Blocking balance can only be maintained with good footwork, so he is ahead of the learning curve in that department, as well.  Like his father, Runyan Jr. comes off the ball aggressively and does a good job of using his hands to sustain blocks. He moves well to the second level and does a good job of maintaining control for open area blocks. His pass-protection skills are solid because of his fluid feet, which allow him to maintain balance. Areas Of Improvement: Runyan Jr. is seen playing with his head well above the shoulder pad of his opponent. This is not going to work in the years to come, and it will be fixed. He can be quick to get his shoulders turned to the sideline, which is also not a good position to get in out of his stance. When Runyan Jr. gets his opponent on his heels, he needs to finish the block and paste his opponent into the turf. Michigan Player Comparison: Jon Runyan Sr. (1992-95) was a fourth-round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. By today's standards, that would be an incredible steal. He should also be inducted to the NFL Hall of Fame someday. While his son doesn't yet have dad's impressive size, he has the attitude and work ethic that should allow him to achieve many of the same things. — Analysis by former U-M offensive lineman Doug Skene

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