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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Three fresh faces for Michigan in 2009

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Keep an eye on these three newcomers for the Maize and Blue this fall.

OFFENSE -- Tate Forcier, QB, Fr.

Michigan's quarterback competition isn't over, but Forcier has the lead coming out of the spring. The early enrollee endured his share of growing pains but gradually picked up the system and impressed the coaches with his ability to improvise. He delighted Michigan fans in the spring game with four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown. Fellow freshman Denard Robinson will be in the mix this summer, and Nick Sheridan returns from a leg injury, but Forcier appears to be the man to beat.

DEFENSE -- William Campbell, DT, Fr.

Defensive line is a position of need for Michigan, and Campbell should step right in this fall. An early enrollee, Campbell played with the first- and second-team defensive units during spring ball. At 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, Campbell's size gives him the chance to play right away, though he needs to continue to manage his weight after slimming down a bit this spring. "He's going to be a guy that gets an opportunity to play right away because of need and his ability," head coach Rich Rodriguez said on signing day.

SPECIAL TEAMS -- Brendan Gibbons, K, Fr.

The Wolverines auditioned several kickers during the spring, but the general belief is Gibbons will take over the starting job in preseason camp. Gibbons has an excellent leg, connecting on seven field goals of longer than 40 yards as a high school senior and recording touchbacks on 93 percent of his kickoffs. Michigan finished ninth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (66.7) and tied for last in field goals made (10), so the team needs its scholarship kicker to contribute right away.