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2016 Michigan Football Position Preview: Defensive Tackles

Taking a look at the guys that will line up on the interior of Michigan’s defensive line.

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Michigan boasts arguably the best defensive line in college football. Outside of the pure talent up front, they are also extremely deep and will be able to rotate players throughout the game to keep everyone as fresh as can be.

To stop the run, you need a good push up the middle from your interior linemen. Luckily for Michigan, they have the horses to do it.

Here’s a look at the guys listed at defensive tackle on Michigan’s roster:

Ryan Glasgow

#96 | Senior | 6-4, 299 pounds | Aurora, Illinois

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2015 statistics: 9 games | 25 total tackles (5 for loss) | 1 sack

Glasgow has been a steady presence at defensive tackle the last few seasons in Ann Arbor. He is not the player that gets all the accolades, but when he missed the tail end of 2015 with an injury, his absence had ripple effects across the entirely of the defensive line.

He is back for his senior season and healthy and should continue to be a stalwart on the defensive line for the Wolverines. Glasgow is one of the best run-stopping tackles in college football and his smarts and experience will be welcomed back with open arms. And keeping with the theme of many of the guys that can play up front, he is versatile and can play either tackle spot.

Maurice Hurst

#73 | Redshirt Junior | 6-2, 282 pounds | Westwood, Massachusetts

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2015 statistics: 13 games | 35 total tackles (6.5 for loss) | 3 sacks

Hurst, like Glasgow, is also versatile. He burst onto the scene last season in a reserve role to start, but saw his playing time increase as the year went on. He has a great first step off the snap and is Michigan’s most explosive defensive lineman.

His strong play in 2015 has him on NFL Draft boards and many will be watching what he is able to do. He may not be a “starter,” but you’ll be seeing a lot of him this season.

Bryan Mone

#90 | Redshirt Sophomore | 6-4, 310 pounds | Salt Lake City, Utah

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2015 statistics: Did not play, injured

Mone missed the entire 2015 season with a broken ankle suffered in training camp, which was a big loss for the Wolverines at the time. The defensive line was able to thrive without him, but they will be even better with him healthy in 2016.

He was considered one of Michigan’s best defensive linemen in camp last season before his injury. If he is able to stay healthy, it is another talented player in the mix up front.

Matt Godin

#99 | Redshirt Senior | 6-6, 294 pounds | Novi, Michigan

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2015 statistics: 11 games | 17 total tackles (1 for loss) | 0.5 sacks

Godin gets lost in the shuffle behind some of the other big names up front on defense, but he is experienced and provides depth. With the return of Mone and emergence of a player like Rashan Gary, Godin’s opportunities probably decrease this year, but he is still there as their “break in case of emergency” defensive lineman.

Michael Dwumfour

#50 | Freshman | 6-2, 300 pounds | Wayne, New Jersey

2015 statistics (high school): 12 games | 55 total tackles (21 for loss) | 7 sacks

Dwumfour, a high school teammate of Kareem Walker and friend of Gary, comes in as a candidate for a redshirt year with so much experience ahead of him. It does not look like he’ll get much action this season unless injuries occur, but Jim Harbaugh and staff will find ways to get him on the field if he performs well in practice.

The Others

Garrett Miller and Salim Makki fill out the roster as the other two players listed at defensive tackle. Chris Wormley and Rashan Gary will move around and play inside, as well. Calling anyone a starter up front would be a loose term. Several will play and most will move around.

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