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40 Days Until Michigan Football

Football is almost here.

Leon Halip

Redshirt Sophomore Kyle Kalis, Offensive Guard

Number: 67

Hometown: St. Edwards HS, Lakewood, OH

Height/Weight: 6'5, 304 lbs.

Three Things To Know About Kyle

1. Kyle was originally going to be a Buckeye.  The five-star prospect committed to Ohio State when Jim Tressel was still in the picture, but decommitted in the proceeding upheaval and started looking into other schools.  He decided on Michigan shortly thereafter and began pissing off Buckeye fans everywhere.

2. Kyle nearly gave up his redshirt year midway through Michigan's season as offensive line play continued to be an issue and Michigan needed help.

"We talked about it," Hoke said. "It was a weekly conversation, depending on where we were, where our guys (were) and all those things. But to be honest with ya, I think we got to a point in the season where in the best interest of the young man and the best interest of our future, we thought we would hold off on playing him."

Of course, this wasn't easy on Kyle.

"It sucked. So many times, I was close to going in, but they didn't want to burn my redshirt.

"Everyone wants to play, and it sucks (when you don't get to). And I was mad about it."

3. Of course, we all know that Kyle's introduction to the starting lineup wasn't as smooth as many thought it would be.  Kalis was supposed to be a rock on the interior for Michigan, but he struggled at times and was actually pulled from the starting lineup during the season only to make it back to starting by the end.

Michigan will need Kyle to take a big step forward this year and help solidify the interior of the line.