2021 Football Roster Projection

(Last Update: 7/10/20)

Check out my projected 2021 Michigan football roster based off of the latest news, reports, current roster, commitments, and my latest 2021 Recruiting class prediction:

  • On the Roster/Signed
  • *5th year available
  • ^Potential early departure
  • Walk-on 
  • Committed
  • BGRC

Offense

First Team

  • QB: #10 McCaffrey
  • RB: #24 Charbonnet
  • WR: #8 Bell
  • WR: #6 C. Johnson
  • Slot: #0 Jackson
  • TE: #83 All
  • LT: #76 Hayes
  • LG: #52 Barnhart
  • C: #58 Carpenter
  • RG: #55 Rumler
  • RT: #73 Mayfield

Quarterback

  • Starter: #10 Dylan McCaffrey, 5th or #5 Joe Milton, SR*
    • Backup: #12 Cade McNamara, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • Dan Villari, SO*
        • JJ McCarthy, FR
    • Out: None

Running Back

  • Starter: #24 Zach Charbonnet, JR
    • Backup: #25 Hassan Haskins, SR*   
    • Reserves:
      • #3 Christian Turner, SR* 
      • Blake Corum, SO
      • Donovan Edwards, FR
      • Prophet Brown, FR
    • Out: Chris Evans, Ben Mason

Wide Receiver 

  • Starter: #8 Ronnie Bell, SR
  • Starter: #6 Cornelius Johnson, JR
  • Slot Starter: #0 Giles Jackson, JR
    • Backup: Roman Wilson, SO
    • Backup: #19 Mike Sainristil, JR
    • Backup: AJ Henning, SO
      • Reserves:
        • Xavier Worthy, FR
        • Cristian Dixon, FR
        • Markus Allen, FR
        • Jayden Thomas, FR
    • Out: Nico Collins, Nate Schoenle

Tight End

  • Starter: #83 Erick All, JR
    • Backup: #86 Luke Schoonmaker, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • Matthew Hibner, SO
        • Louis Hansen, FR
        • Thomas Fidone, FR
    • Out: Nick Eubanks

Left Tackle

  • Starter: #76 Ryan Hayes, SR*
    • Backup: #77 Trevor Keegan, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • Jeffrey Persi, SO*
        • Tristian Bounds, FR
    • Out: None

Left Guard

  • Starter: #52 Karsen Barnhart, JR*
    • Backup: #65 Zak Zinter, SO*
      • Reserves:
        • #70 Jack Stewart, JR*
        • Drew Kendall, FR
    • Out: Chuck Filiaga*, Joel Honigford*

Center

  • Starter: #58 Zach Carpenter, JR*
    • Backup: Reece Atteberry, SO*
      • Reserves:
        • Raheem Anderson, FR
        • Greg Crippen, FR
    • Out: Andrew Vastardis

Right Guard

  • Starter: #55 Nolan Rumler, JR*
    • Backup: #71 Andrew Stueber, 5th
      • Reserves:
        • #70 Jack Stewart, JR
        • Rocco Spindler, FR
    • Out: Joel Hongiford*

Right Tackle

  • Starter: #73 Jalen Mayfield, SR*  
    • Backup: #53 Trent Jones, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • #71 Andrew Stueber, 5th
        • Giovanni El-Hadi, FR
        • Tristian Bounds, FR
    • Out: None

Defense 

First Team

  • DE: #18 Vilain
  • NT: #95 Jeter
  • DT: #15 Hinton
  • DE: #97 Hutchinson
  • SAM: #23 Barrett
  • MIKE: #44 McGrone
  • WILL: #12 Ross
  • VIPER: #10 Solomon
  • CB: #5 Turner
  • NCB: #0 Seldon
  • ROVER: #20 Hawkins
  • FS: #30 Hill
  • CB: #31 Gray

Anchor End

  • Starter: #97 Aidan Hutchinson, SR
    • Backup: #91 Taylor Upshaw, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • #80 Mike Morris, JR* 
        • #17 Braiden McGregor, SO
        • Dominick Giudice, FR
        • TJ Guy, FR
    • Out: None

Nose Tackle

  • Starter: #95 Donovan Jeter, 5th 
    • Backup: #58 Mazi Smith, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • #92 Phillip Paea, 5th
    • Out: Carlo Kemp

Defensive Tackle 

  • Starter: #15 Chris Hinton, JR
    • Backup: #96 Julius Welschof, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • Kris Jenkins, SO*
        • George Rooks, FR
    • Out: Jesse Speight

Defensive End 

  • Starter: #18 Luiji Vilain, 5th
    • Backup: #71 David Ojabo, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • #99 Gabe Newburg, JR*
        • Aaron Lewis, SO*
        • Quintin Somerville, FR
        • Kechaun Bennett, FR
    • Out: Kwity Paye

SAM Linebacker

  • Starter: #23 Michael Barrett, SR* 
    • Backup: Jaylen Harrell, SO
      • Reserves:
        • #71 David Ojabo, JR*
        • #40 Ben VanSumeren, SR*
        • Tyler McLaurin, FR
    • Out: None

MIKE Linebacker

  • Starter: #44 Cam McGrone, SR*
    • Backup: #12 Josh Ross, 5th 
      • Reserves:
        • #13 Charles Thomas, JR
        • Kalel Mullings, SO
        • Cornell Wheeler, SO
        • Jaydon Hood, FR
    • Out: None

WILL Linebacker

  • Starter: #12 Josh Ross, 5th 
    • Backup: Osman Savage, SO
      • Reserves:
        • Ed Warinner, SR*
        • #9 Joey Velazquez, JR*
        • Nikhai Hill-Green, SO
        • Casey Phinney, FR
    • Out: None

Viper

  • Starter: #10 Anthony Solomon, JR
    • Backup: William Mohan, SO*
      • Reserves:
        • #23 Michael Barrett, SR* 
        • RJ Moten, SO
        • Junior Colson, FR
    • Out: None

Cornerback 

  • Starter: #31 Vincent Gray, SR*
  • Starter: #5 DJ Turner, JR* 
  • Starter Nickel: #0 Andre Seldon, SO
    • Backup: #22 Gemon Green, SR*
    • Backup: #3 Jalen Perry, JR*
    • Backup: Darion Green-Warren, SO
      • Reserves:
        • #22 George Johnson, JR*
        • Eamonn Dennis, SO*
        • Ja’Den McBurrows, FR
    • Out: Ambry Thomas

Rover/Strong Safety

  • Starter: #20 Brad Hawkins, 5th
    • Backup: RJ Moten, SO
      • Reserves:
        • #23 Quinten Johnson, JR*
        • Jordan Morant, SO

Free Safety

  • Starter: #30 Daxton Hill, JR
    • Backup: #17 Sammy Faustin, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • #13 German Green, SR*
        • #7 Makari Paige, SO*
        • Rod Moore, FR
    • Out: None

Special Teams 

Kicker

  • Starter: #2 Jake Moody, SR
    • Backup: Tommy Doman, FR
    • Out: Quinn Nordin

Punter

  • Starter: #3 Brad Robbins, 5th
    • Backup: Tommy Doman, FR
    • Out: None

Kick Returner

  • Starter: #0 Giles Jackson, JR 
    • Backup: AJ Henning, SO
      • Reserves:
        • #19 Mike Sainristil, JR
        • Roman Wilson, SO

Punt Returner 

  • Starter: #8 Ronnie Bell, SR
    • Backup: #0 Giles Jackson, JR
      • Reserves:
        • #19 Mike Sainristil, SO
        • AJ Henning, SO
        • Roman Wilson, SO

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