Anyone who has ever followed Jim Harbaugh's career and coaching philosophy knows that the tight end is often times a focal point of his offense. He has worked with tight ends like Coby Fleener and Zach Ertz at Stanford and Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker with the San Francisco 49ers.
Michigan's depth at tight end is not all that great heading into fall camp, but there are some nice pieces there that have the ability to produce.
A.J. Williams, Senior
6-6 | 285 lbs. | Cincinnati, OH
Williams is a solid piece for the Wolverines in the run game, as he has shown he can be a pretty capable run blocker. He is not a guy that can really be depended on for a whole lot of production catch-wise, but he has value in his role nonetheless.
Career Stats: Five catches, 35 yards, one touchdown
Jake Butt, Junior
6-6 | 248 lbs. | Pickerington, OH.
Butt is the most proven player on the roster at tight end and is a popular pick to be one of the Wolverines that makes the biggest impact this upcoming season. He has battled some injury problems at times, but has also shown flashes of being a very good tight end. Now that there is a coaching staff in place that knows how to use him, he could absolutely be in for a big year.
Career Stats: 41 catches, 446 yards, four touchdowns
Khalid Hill, Redshirt Sophomore
6-2 | 252 lbs. | Detroit, MI.
Hill has appeared in six career games for the Wolverines, where he has made four starts. He should compete for the second tight end spot and perhaps even play some H-back this season.
Career Stats: Four catches, 37 yards
Ian Bunting, Redshirt Freshman
6-7 | 243 lbs. | Hinsdale, IL.
Bunting redshirted last season. He is a bit raw, but is a big target that could be utilized in the middle of the field. His role this season remains unclear going into camp.
Career Stats: N/A
Tyrone Wheatley Jr., Freshman
6-6 | 260 lbs. | Canisius
Wheatley may be the most physically gifted tight end on the roster, regardless of his class standing. It is possible that could earn him some early playing time.
Career Stats: N/A
Other TEs: Michael Jocz (Jr.), Henry Poggi (RS So.), Chase Winovich (RS Fr.),