Earlier today, third-year offensive tackle Logan Tuley-Tillman was dismissed from the team for "conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student athlete."
The average fan may not think that this is a significant loss, and in a perfect world, it is not. But, his dismissal leaves the Wolverines in sort of a pickle both now and in the future.
Mason Cole is pretty locked in at the starting left tackle spot for the next few seasons, but Tuley-Tillman did see some action at times against Utah. He was listed as the second-string left tackle on this week's depth chart and likely would have been the first tackle off of the bench were an injury to occur on either side.
Now, redshirt freshman Juwann Bushell-Beatty looks like he will be in that spot, and we really do not know what Michigan has there until a scenario arises where he has to come into the game.
Blake Bars and David Dawson have also taken reps at tackle in the past, so they are options as well.
In terms of recruiting, it does not change much in this cycle, but it makes left tackle arguably the top priority in the 2017 cycle. The Wolverines currently have two 2016 kids committed at tackle in Erik Swenson and Ben Bredeson.
The staff can control what they bring in next year and years beyond, but they cannot change the guys they currently have in place. The development of the offensive line was a question mark coming into this season and now it appears the health and depth will be two more keys throughout the rest of 2015.