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Michigan junior confirms position change from offense to defense

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Even without spring practices, a Wolverine is moving to the other side of the ball.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 01 Michigan at Notre Dame Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Michigan Wolverines player Ben VanSumeren, who is entering his third season in the program, announced on Twitter that he will now be lining up on the other side of the ball and making the switch from running back to linebacker.

The move had originally been reportedly not too long ago by Brice Marich of The Michigan Insider.

This isn’t the first time a bigger man out of the backfield has switched to the defense. Last offseason, fullback Ben Mason became a defensive lineman because he no longer fit into Josh Gattis’ offense.

VanSumeren had nine runs last season for 20 yards and a touchdown. He fell behind running backs Zach Charbonnet, Hassan Haskins, Christian Turner, and the potentially returning Chris Evans. Freshman Blake Corum will also find himself in that bunch.

Hunter Dickinson spills the beans on 2020 recruiting class

He will join a linebacking corp that lost two starters from last season: Khaleke Hudson and Devin Gil. We will see if he can earn a little more playing time on the other side of the ball. One man who is absolutely not worried about the losses of Isaiah Todd and Josh Christopher is big man Hunter Dickinson. He told The Front Office on Youtube that this team is still going to be ready for the challenge:

“I mean, yeah, we lost two top-10 kids. But I think Michigan fans need to realize that we’ve got a pretty good class and team. The class that we got coming in, me, Zeb (Jackson), (Terrance Williams) and Jace (Howard) are pretty good ourselves. And then we’ve also got Mike (Smith) coming in from Columbia. That team alone will be good. But we’re also possibly returning Franz (Wagner) and Isaiah Livers with Brandon Johns and all them. I think our team is definitely going to be one of the best teams in the country. We lost two good players, but I think even without them, we’ve got Juwan Howard, and I think him, Coach Martelli, Coach Washington and Coach Eisley are the best coaches in the country. I think they can do good with anything.”

It is a clear and concise statement that everything is still going very well in Ann Arbor. While the Wolverines did miss out on the two McDonald’s All Americans, they also finished with the No. 8 class in the country and have the potential to regain some experienced veterans to help them compete in a stacked Big Ten Conference. So keep your socks on, this team is still heading in the right direction.

Michigan Grad Transfer Tru Wilson chooses new home

A fan-favorite runningback, Tru Wilson, has officially committed to Northern Colorado as a grad transfer:

Like VanSumeren, Wilson found himself sliding down the depth chart last season even though fans loved his tenacity when running the football. The shouts of “TRUUUUUU” will surely be missed in The Big House.

Northern Colorado was 2-10 last season in the Big Sky Conference. Meanwhile, Wilson ran for 221 yards and a touchdown on 44 attempts in his final season as a Wolverine.

Other Brews

  • Former Wolverines LB Jake Ryan has signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Ryan was drafted by the Green Bay Packers back in the fourth-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He tore his ACL in 2018 training camps with the Packers. He played a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was cut after knee issues continued.

National Brews

  • The first two episodes of “The Last Dance” docu-series about Michael Jordan and the 1990’s Bulls was released last night on ESPN and ESPN2. Two hour long episodes will air each week at 9 PM ET on the four letter network. ESPN will play the uncensored version while ESPN2 will be kid-friendly.
  • The Jaguars are interested in dealing running back Leonard Fournette. They are also trying to move defensive end Yannick Ngakoue as we rapidly approach the NFL Draft starting on Thursday.
  • The 49ers have reportedly been trying to trade for Giants tight end Evan Engram.
  • The WNBA Draft was on Friday, and Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna was an honorary selection in the draft. It was her life-long dream to play in the league.