2023 Football Roster Projection

(Last Update: 11/27/22)

Check out my projected 2022 Michigan football roster based on the latest news, reports and my latest 2023 Best Guess Recruiting Class predictions.

Offense

Two-Deep: Starters (Backups)

  • QB: #9 McCarthy (#16 Warren)
  • RB: #7 Edwards (B. Allen)
  • WRx: #1 Anthony (#0 Clemons)
  • WRz: #14 Wilson (#4 Walker)
  • Slot: #3 Henning (#13 Morris)
  • TE: #88 All or #18 Loveland
  • LT: #79 Persi (#72 Bounds)
  • LG: #58 El-Hadi (#62 Anderson)
  • C: #51 Crippen (#62 Anderson)
  • RG: #65 Zinter (#74 Atteberry)
  • RT: #52 Barnhart or #53 Jones

Key

  • *5th year available
  • Walk-on
  • Committed
  • BGRC / Transfer Prediction

Quarterback

  • Starter: #9 JJ McCarthy, JR
    • Backup: #16 Davis Warren, JR
      • Reserves:
        • #10 Alex Orji, SO
        • #16 Jayden Denegal, SO
        • Grad Transfer
      • Out: Cade McNamara*, Alan Bowman

Running Back

  • Starter: #7 Donovan Edwards, JR
    • Backup: Braelon Allen, JR (Wisconsin transfer)
      • Reserves:
        • #23 CJ Stokes, SO
        • #22 Tavierre Dunlap, JR
        • Cole Cabana, FR
        • Ben Hall, FR
        • Darius Taylor, FR
      • Out: Blake Corum*

Wide Receiver 

  • WRx: #1 Andrel Anthony, JR
  • WRz: #14 Roman Wilson, SR*
  • Slot: #3 AJ Henning, SR*
    • Backup: #0 Darrius Clemons, SO
    • Backup: #4 Amorion Walker, SO
    • Backup: #13 Tyler Morris, SO
      • Reserves:
        • #80 Eamonn Dennis, JR
        • #85 Cristian Dixon, JR
        • Samaj Morgan, FR
        • Fredrick Moore, FR
        • Nyckoles Harbor, FR
        • Karmello English, FR
      • Out: Ronnie Bell, Cornelius Johnson*

Tight End

  • Starter: #88 Erick All, GR
    • Backup: #18 Colston Loveland, SO
      • Reserves:
        • #88 Matthew Hibner, SR*
        • #82 Max Bredeson, JR
        • #81 Louis Hansen, JR
        • #17 Marlin Klein, SO
        • Deakon Tonielli, FR
        • Zack Marshall, FR
      • Out: Erick All, Joel Honigford, Luke Schoonmaker

Left Tackle

  • Starter: #79 Jeffrey Persi, SR
    • Backup: #72 Tristan Bounds, JR
      • Reserves:
        • Evan Link, FR
      • Out: Ryan Hayes

Left Guard

  • Starter: #58 Giovanni El-Hadi, JR
    • Backup: #62 Raheem Anderson, SO
      • Reserves:
        • #56 Dominick Giudice, JR
        • #71 Alessandro Lorenzetti, SO
      • Out: Trevor Keegan*

Center

  • Starter: #51 Greg Crippen, JR
    • Backup: #62 Raheem Anderson, SO
      • Reserves:
        • Amir Herring, FR
      • Out: Olu Oluwatimi

Right Guard

  • Starter: #65 Zak Zinter, SR
    • Backup: #74 Reece Atteberry, JR
      • Reserves:
        • #60 Connor Jones, SO
        • Nathan Efobi, FR
      • Out: Chuck Filiaga

Right Tackle

  • Starter: #52 Karsen Barnhart, GR
    • Backup: #53 Trent Jones, GR
      • Reserves:
        • #75 Andrew Gentry, SO
        • Spencer Fano, FR
      • Out: None

Defense 

Starters (Backup)

  • NT: #55 Graham (#78 Grant)
  • DT: #94 Jenkins (#26 Benny)
  • DE: #17 McGregor (#8 Moore)
  • EDGE: #32 Harrell (#18 Okie)
  • MIKE: #25 Colson (#20 Mullings)
  • WILL: #23 Barrett (#41 Hill-Green)
  • SS: #6 Moten (#3 Sabb)
  • FS: #19 Moore (#7 Paige)
  • CB: #2 W. Johnson(#12 Jones)
  • CB: #1 McBurrows (#24 Pollard)
  • NCB: #0 Sainristil (#19 Moore)

Defensive Tackle

  • NT: #55 Mason Graham, SO
  • DT: #94 Kris Jenkins, SR*
    • NT Backup: #78 Kenneth Grant, SO
    • DT Backup: #26 Rayshaun Benny, JR
      • Reserves:
        • #54 George Rooks, JR
        • #92 Ike Iwunnah, JR
        • Jamel Howard, FR
        • Roderick Pierce, FR
        • Brooks Bahr, FR
      • Out: Mazi Smith*, Cam Goode

Defensive End/EDGE

  • DE Starter: #17 Braiden McGregor, JR
  • EDGE Starter: #32 Jaylen Harrell, SR*
    • Backup: #8 Derrick Moore, SO
    • Backup: #18 Eyabi Okie, GR
      • Reserves:
        • #42 TJ Guy, JR
        • #52 Kechaun Bennett, JR
        • #27 Tyler McLaurin, JR
        • Koumba Aymeric, FR
        • Enow Etta, FR
        • Collins Acheampong, FR
      • Out: Mike Morris*, Taylor Upshaw, Julius Welschof

MIKE Linebacker

  • Starter: #25 Junior Colson, JR
    • Backup: #20 Kalel Mullings, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • #4 Micah Pollard, SO
        • #34 Jaydon Hood, JR
        • Semaj Bridgeman, FR
      • Out: None

WILL Linebacker

  • Starter: #23 Michael Barrett, GR
    • Backup: #41 Nikhai Hill-Green, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • #30 Jimmy Rolder, SO
        • #15 Deuce Spurlock, SO
        • #29 Joey Velazquez, GR
        • Breeon Ishmail, FR
      • Out: None

Strong Safety

  • Starter: #6 RJ Moten, SR*
    • Backup: #3 Keon Sabb, SO
      • Reserves:
        • #9 Damani Dent, SO
        • Jason Hewlett, FR
      • Out: Jalen Perry*

Free Safety

  • Starter: #19 Rod Moore, JR
    • Backup: #7 Makari Paige, SR*
      • Reserves:
        • #10 Zeke Berry, SO
        • #35 Kaden Kolesar, GR
        • D’Juan Waller, FR
      • Out: Quinten Johnson*

Cornerback 

  • Starter: #2 Will Johnson, SO
  • Starter: #1 Jaden McBurrows, JR
  • Nickel Starter: #0 Mike Sainristil, GR
    • Backup: #24 Myles Pollard, SO
    • Backup: #12 Kody Jones, SO
      • Reserves:
        • Jyaire Hill, FR
        • Cam Calhoun, FR
        • Aaron Gates, FR
      • Out: DJ Turner, Gemon Green, German Green

Special Teams 

Kicker

  • Starter: #19 Tommy Doman, JR
    • Backup: Adam Samaha, FR
      • Out: Jake Moody, Rhett Anderson

Punter

  • Starter: #19 Tommy Doman, JR
    • Backup: Cordell Jones-McNally, FR
      • Out: Brad Robbins

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