Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Players to watch: Michigan
By Matt Fortuna
Our series continues today with Michigan, which will host Notre Dame on Sept. 7 in the Big House's second-ever night game. The two teams will also get together in 2014 -- the last time for the foreseeable future.
Offense: Taylor Lewan, LT. Yes, we know this isn't the flashiest pick, especially with Devin Gardner now at the helm under center for the Wolverines. But Lewan's decision to return to Michigan for another season is huge for the program. He is coming off a season in which he was named the Big Ten's offensive lineman of the year and was on a number of different All-American teams. Watching the 6-foot-8, 308-pounder going head-to-head with Notre Dame defensive line behemoths Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III should make for one of the better matchups in the nation this fall.
Defense: Desmond Morgan, LB. The two-year starter on the weak side saw time in the middle this spring and will have added responsibility in the fall -- both against the run and as a field general. Morgan tallied 81 total tackles, including five for loss, to go with two pass break-ups last season despite missing two games due to injury. In holding Notre Dame to just 13 points in the Irish's win over the Wolverines last season, Morgan notched seven tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. Someone will have to make up for the production this fall without Jake Ryan, who could miss the season because of a torn ACL suffered during the spring, and Morgan seems like a prime candidate to do so.