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Michigan Wolverines Position Preview 2015: The Offensive Line Two-Deep

Taking a look at the depth along Michigan's offensive line.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

As camp opens up for the Wolverines, position battles will begin to play themselves out. A unit on the team where there is always constant competition comes in the trenches.

On the offensive side of the ball, the guys up front could very well hold the keys to how efficient they are on that side of the football.

Let's take a look at how they stack up there:

Left Tackle, Sophomore Mason Cole (6-5, 285)

Cole started every game here for the Wolverines last season and played well as a true freshman. He did rep some at center throughout the spring, but he should continue to be the blind side protector (or strong side if Morris wins the job) for the quarterback of the Wolverines.

Left Guard, Redshirt Junior Erik Magnuson (6-6, 296)

Magnuson played in eight games last season, making five starts for the Wolverines.

Center, Senior Graham Glasgow (6-6, 303)

The center position has been a roller coaster ride this off-season so far. Jack Miller was expected to hold down the starting job, but left the program early in the spring. Glasgow became the front-runner, then experienced some legal problems of his own. He is back with the team and the leader for this job early in camp.

Right Guard, Redshirt Junior Kyle Kalis (6-5, 292)

Kalis was a highly regarded recruit coming out of high school, but has struggled at times for the Wolverines. With the new staff in place, this is a big year to see what he is. He could be the biggest question mark on the offensive line where we stand today.

Right Tackle, Redshirt Junior Ben Braden (6-6, 331)

Braden started all 12 games last season at right tackle. It's possible with his size he could kick inside to guard, but he has the ability to be just fine here if that's where he sticks.

The second unit

Left to right: Logan Tulley-Tillman (RS So.), Blake Bars (RS Jr.), Patrick Kugler (RS So.), David Dawson (RS So.), Juwann Bushell-Beatty (RS Fr.)


What Tim Drevno and Michigan has going for them here is that many of the pieces they have on the roster are versatile and can play multiple positions along the offensive line. It should be interesting to see if they shift at all during camp and if that top group is even the guys who will end up on the field in the opener on Sept. 3.

With the program going into "submarine mode" with camp underway, we will not know exactly what's going on for awhile, but this is one of the more intriguing position groups on the roster.