Fall camp started for Michigan football on Wednesday, and with that, several players put on a winged helmet in official capacity for the first time, others found themselves in new positions, and others just had a lot of differences compared to where they were at this time last year.
The Wolverines released their new roster on Wednesday, as well, and there was a lot to glean. Some players made big weight gains, others lost some, and we finally got to know something about the freshmen, including their weight heading into the season after summer conditioning, as well as their numbers.
A handful of players changed their number from last year, and while we knew some of them in spring ball, we noted the changes below.
Here’s everything we learned from Michigan football’s latest roster release.
Michigan saw a number of players make significant weight changes this offseason. Of course, what the freshmen were listed at as recruits to where they are now is one story (we’ll get to that later), but outside of those first-year guys, there were some pretty significant gains by some of the established players .
Here are the biggest gainers:
Biggest weight loss
Several dropped significant weight, with Julius Welschof being the most drastic. Welschof was previously listed as a defensive lineman, which has tended to mean defensive tackle (and that’s where he’s played). However, he’s listed as an EDGE this year, and dropped from 288-pounds to 266-pounds — a loss of 22 pounds.
Similarly, left guard Trevor Keegan dropped 19 pounds, having gone from 324 to 305. Fellow O-lineman Peter Simmons dropped from 307 to 291.
Other significant losses include TE Louis Hansen and DE Taylor Upshaw down 7 pounds, QB Cade McNamara, RB Leon Franklin, and EDGE Tyler McLaurin down 6 pounds, DE TJ Guy, RG Zak Zinter, and RB Tavierre Dunlap down 5 pounds, and LB Kalel Mullings and DE Braiden McGregor down 4 pounds.
While this roster listing is no certainty as to who will stay where or what their role will be come the season, there are a handful of things to note about the listed position.
As mentioned, there is a differentiation between EDGE and DL. Last year, it was DE and DL, but some edge rushers (David Ojabo and Jaylen Harrell) were listed as linebackers. This year, Harrell is listed as an EDGE. Linebacker Tyler McLaurin is also now listed as an EDGE, as is Micah Pollard, who was a linebacker as a recruit.
Mike Sainristil does have the distinction of being both a wide receiver and defensive back, but Kalel Mullings — who played some running back in the spring game — is listed solely as a linebacker. Eamonn Dennis’ switch from DB to WR appears to have stuck.
It’s not a lot of players, but a handful did switch their numbers from last season to this season.
They are as follows:
There are the obvious transfers in (Olusegun Oluwatimi from Virginia and Cam Goode — who will wear 99 — from UCF), but there are two more who weren’t announced previously.
Defensive back Jahre Fish comes aboard after spending last year at New Mexico State. He played no snaps and registered no snaps. He will wear No. 37 for Michigan.
Also, the Wolverines brought in wide receiver Zach Peterson, who played at Furman. He played 277 snaps, 267 of which were at wide receiver. He reeled in 8 receptions on 16 targets for 117 yards (14.6 yards/catch) last year. He’ll wear no. 25.
Of course, we saw many of the freshmen in the spring game in April, but now the whole lot has arrived on campus, with numbers and reported weights.
Going off of the weights they were listed at on 247Sports, here were the biggest changes on that front:
Grant is listed as the player with the highest weight on the team, 19 pounds heavier than the next player, Mazi Smith, who weighs 337.
Additionally, here are all the numbers of the freshmen: