With Michigan’s spring game happening Friday night, I have put together a list of a couple breakout candidates on the offensive side of things for the Wolverines. Though this was not that easy. Thanks to early enrollees and raw talent finding its way under this coaching staff, there were plenty of candidates to pick from.
1. TE Zach Gentry and Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
It was too hard to decide between Gentry and Wheatley Jr. so since I make the rules, I added both to the list.
Gentry is a 6’7” freak of an athlete that can become a true weapon for the offense thanks to his speed. If he can lock down his routes and improve his pass catching abilities, I believe he could be a star. We should get the first look of that during the spring game.
Wheatley is another monster tight end that should be a huge impact for the offense this spring and fall. He’s shown flashes during spring practices as both a pass catcher and blocker, and should really show the world what he can do on Friday night.
2. WR Ahmir Mitchell
Mitchell was expected to see time at both receiver and safety this spring but his potential and early returns at the receiver position has the staff excited. His physical readiness, speed and athleticism will get him on the field early and could keep him there as a deep threat option for the offense. With injuries to Moe Ways and Jehu Chesson, he’ll have plenty of chances to shine at the spring game.
3. RB Ty Isaac
Isaac was a heralded recruit coming out of high school and had even higher expectations from Michigan fans once he transferred over from USC. However, things have not gone as planned thus far. He found himself in Harbaugh’s dog house throughout the 2015 season after flashing his talents in one game vs UNLV. But like Harbaugh wanted, Isaac didn’t back down from the challenge and looks to have rose to the occasion.
From all reports, he’s been one of the most impressive backs in spring camp and should have a very nice game vs his teammates on Friday night.
4. OL Patrick Kugler
Kugler is the biggest wild card on this list but is a guy to watch closely. He looks to be the 6th offensive lineman for Michigan right now and thanks to his versatility to play center or guard, he could really help his case to see the field this fall with a strong spring game showing. But, like his whole career, it will come down to his ability to stay healthy.
5. QB Brandon Peters
Peters is the guy most fans will sit up in their seats to see on Friday night. He’s Harbaugh’s quarterback of the future and has all of the natural characteristics of a future star, including the poise of a veteran. Add that to him being extremely impressive in spring practices and I believe he could really shine in the spring game atmosphere with more than just the 3rd stringers catching his passes.
Will you be at the spring game? Who do you believe will be the offensive breakout candidates for Michigan? Let us know if the comment section below!
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