2022 Football Roster Projection

(Last Update: 1/8/22)

Check out my projected 2022 Michigan football roster based on the latest news, reports, current roster, 2022 signees and the Best Guess Recruiting Class.

  • On the Roster/Signed
  • *5th year available
  • ^Early Departure Possible
  • Committed/Unsigned
  • BGRC

Offense

Two-Deep – Starters (Backups)

  • QB: #12 McNamara or #9 McCarthy
  • RB: #2 Corum (#7 Edwards)
  • WRx: #6 Johnson (#1 Anthony)
  • WRz: #14 Wilson or #5 Sainristil
  • Slot: #8 Bell (#3 Henning)
  • TE: #83 All (#86 Schoonmaker)
  • LT: #76 Hayes (#52 Barnhart)
  • LG: #77 Keegan (#74 Atteberry)
  • C: #55 Oluwatimi (#51 Crippen)
  • RG: #65 Zinter (#52 Barnhart)
  • RT: #53 Jones or #52 Barnhart

Quarterback

  • Starter: #12 Cade McNamara, SR* or #9 JJ McCarthy, SO
    • Backup: Alex Orji, FR
      • Reserves:
        • Jayden Denegal, FR
      • Out: Dan Villari, Alan Bowman

Running Back

  • Starter: #2 Blake Corum, JR*
    • Backup: #7 Donovan Edwards, SO
      • Reserves:
        • #22 Tavierre Dunlap, SO*
        • CJ Stokes, FR
      • Out: Hassan Haskins

Wide Receiver 

  • WRx: #6 Cornelius Johnson, SR
  • WRz: #14 Roman Wilson, JR or #5 Mike Sainristil, SR
  • Slot: #8 Ronnie Bell, GR
    • Backup: #1 Andrel Anthony, SO
    • Backup: Darrius Clemons, FR
    • Backup: #3 AJ Henning, JR
      • Reserves:
        • #10 Cristian Dixon, SO*
        • Amorion Walker, FR
        • Tyler Morris, FR
      • Out: Daylen Baldwin

Tight End

  • Starter: #83 Erick All, GR
    • Backup: #86 Luke Schoonmaker, GR
      • Reserves:
        • #81 Louis Hansen, SO*
        • #88 Matthew Hibner, JR*
        • Colston Loveland, FR
        • Marlin Klein, FR
      • Out: Joel Honigford, Carter Selzer

Left Tackle

  • Starter: #76 Ryan Hayes, GR^
    • Backup: #79 Jeffrey Persi, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • Josh Conerly, FR
        • #72 Tristan Bounds, SO
      • Out: None

Left Guard

  • Starter: #77 Trevor Keegan, SR*
    • Backup: #74 Reece Atteberry, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • Connor Jones, FR
      • Out: Chuck Filiaga

Center

  • Starter: #55 Victor Oluwatimi, GR
    • Backup: #51 Greg Crippen, SO*
      • Reserves:
        • #62 Raheem Anderson, SO*
      • Out: Andrew Vastardis

Right Guard

  • Starter: #65 Zak Zinter, JR
    • Backup: #52 Karsen Barnhart, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • Alessandro Lorenzetti, FR
      • Out: Chuck Filiaga

Right Tackle

  • Starter: #53 Trent Jones, SR*
    • Backup: #52 Karsen Barnhart, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • #58 Giovanni El-Hadi, SO*
        • Andrew Gentry, FR
      • Out: Andrew Stueber

Defense 

Starters (Backup)

  • NT: #58 Smith (Grant)
  • 3T: #26 Benny (#92 Iwunnah)
  • 5T: #94 Jenkins (#96 Welschof)
  • DE: #90 Morris (#91 Upshaw)
  • EDGE: #32 Harrell (#17 McGregor)
  • MIKE: #25 Colson (#34 Hood)
  • WILL: #41 Hill-Green (#20 Mullings)
  • SS: #6 Moten (#31 Morant)
  • FS: #19 Moore (#7 Paige or #35 Kolesar)
  • CB: #5 Turner (#1 McBurrows)
  • CB: #22 Gem. Green (W. Johnson)
  • NCB: Berry (#1 McBurrows)

Nose Tackle

  • Starter: #58 Mazi Smith, SR*
    • Backup: Kenneth Grant, FR
      • Reserves:
        • #70 Jack Stewart, SR*
      • Out: Jess Speight, Jordan Whittley

Defensive Tackle

  • 3T: #26 Rayshaun Benny, SO*
  • 5T: #94 Kris Jenkins, JR*
    • 3T Backup: #92 Ike Iwunnah, SO*
    • 5T Backup: #96 Julius Welschof, GR
      • Reserves:
        • Mason Graham, FR
        • #54 George Rooks, SO*
        • #56 Dominick Giudice, SO*
      • Out: Chris Hinton, Donovan Jeter

Defensive End

  • Starter: #90 Mike Morris, SR*
    • Backup: #17 Braiden McGregor, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • Derrick Moore, FR
        • #99 Gabe Newburg, SR*
      • Out: Aidan Hutchinson

EDGE

  • Starter: #32 Jaylen Harrell, JR*
    • Backup: #91 Taylor Upshaw, GR
      • Reserves:
        • #42 TJ Guy, SO*
        • #52 Kechaun Bennett, SO*
        • Micah Pollard, FR
        • Kevonte Henry, FR
      • Out: David Ojabo

MIKE Linebacker

  • Starter: #25 Junior Colson, SO
    • Backup: #34 Jaydon Hood, SO*
      • Reserves:
        • #23 Michael Barrett, SR*
        • Jimmy Rolder, FR
        • #27 Tyler McLaurin, SO*
      • Out: Josh Ross^

WILL Linebacker

  • Starter: #41 Nikhai Hill-Green, JR*
    • Backup: #20 Kalel Mullings, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • #29 Joey Velazquez, SR*
        • Deuce Spurlock, FR
      • Out: None

Strong Safety

  • Starter: #6 RJ Moten, JR*
    • Backup: #31 Jordan Morant, JR*
      • Reserves:
        • Keon Sabb, FR
        • #14 Quinten Johnson, SR*
      • Out: Brad Hawkins

Free Safety

  • Starter: #19 Rod Moore, SO
    • Backup: #7 Makari Paige, JR* or #35 Kaden Kolesar, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • #33 German Green, GR^
        • #16 Jalen Perry, SR*
        • Damani Dent, FR
      • Out: None

Cornerback 

  • Starter: #5 DJ Turner, SR*
  • Starter: #22 Gemon Green, GR^
  • Nickel Starter: Zeke Berry, FR
    • Backup: #1 Jaden McBurrows, SO
    • Backup: Will Johnson, FR
    • Nickel Backup: Kody Jones, FR
      • Reserves:
        • #18 Keshaun Harris, SR*
        • #37 Eamonn Dennis, JR*
        • Myles Pollard, FR
      • Out: Dax Hill, Vincent Gray, Andre Seldon, George Johnson

Special Teams 

Kicker

  • Starter: #13 Jake Moody, GR^
    • Backup: #93 Cole Hussung, JR*
      • Out: None

Punter

  • Starter: #91 Brad Robbins, GR
    • Backup: #19 Tommy Doman, SO*
      • Out: None

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