The Wolverine

September 2014

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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a year ago. He'll be looking to make others pay this season. 18. Kyle Bosch OG It's much the same for Bosch as it is with Kalis, although Bosch got thrown into the mix as a true freshman. He had to learn on the fly, and has a chance to solidify his spot on the interior of Michigan's offensive line. 19. James Ross III LB Ross gets a new opportunity this season at outside linebacker, where his speed and mobility might be better showcased. The junior has to fight just to secure a starting spot, though, and that should keep him battling right into the season. 20. Joe Bolden LB Bolden has emerged as a fiery, vocal presence among Michigan's linebacking corps, even though his primary position has been assumed by Ryan. The junior won't be kept off the field in long stretches, though, since he's proven to be tough and ready to roll. 21. Jabrill Peppers S Yes, the true freshman has barely set foot on Michigan's practice fields. That said, he's one of the most talented, confident rookies to come along in a while, and isn't interested in waiting his turn. If he learns well and performs as adver- tised, he has a chance to earn this ranking, and more. 22. Jake Butt TE Butt takes the Ryan role from a year ago, after tearing an ACL in spring foot- ball. The sophomore is working feverishly to get back into action by the Big Ten season, and showed last year the kind of strength and savvy to give the Wolverines a big weapon. He'll have to guard against too much, too soon, but he could make a difference in the back half of the schedule. 23. A.J. Williams TE Williams' solidity as a blocking tight end will be important for a Michigan roster still trying to get up to speed with healthy, experienced players at the position. Michigan coaches even talk about him doing more than blocking, but that aspect of the game needs to remain the junior's top priority. 24. Brennen Beyer DE He's a senior, and he's seen it all. Beyer is also someone who works hard at getting better, and should not only be able to perform well himself on his last go-around, but also help guide the defensive linemen around him. 25. Freddy Canteen WR Another true freshman makes the list, although wideouts coach Jeff Hecklin- ski insists Canteen is not a freshman, in the way he carries himself, learns and performs on the practice field. Canteen could be overlooked by defenders … at first.

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