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3 under-the-radar players for Michigan in 2018

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These three players should not be going unnoticed this offseason, because I think they have a chance to be key contributors this year.

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It happens every offseason.

Reporters ask Michigan coaches and players who is standing out in spring practice.

This year, it was junior defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour, sophomore cornerback Ambry Thomas, transfer quarterback Shea Patterson and pretty much every wide receiver on Michigan’s roster.

This leaves pretty much everyone else out to dry. I’ve seen more articles about Dwumfour this offseason than I have seen about any other player. And while he may have had a good spring, that doesn’t mean anything now. He could easily lose out in a position battle in fall camp and be an afterthought once the season starts.

Today, I want to talk about a few players that I feel haven’t been talked about enough. I’ve been excited to see these players get back on the field since the 2017 season ended, yet I haven’t seen a ton of things said about these players at all this offseason.

Let’s start with one of my favorite young players on the team. We didn’t see a ton of him last year, but his potential is through the roof.

Josh Ross — sophomore linebacker

I loved this kid coming out of high school, and I think he is the front-runner to take over the position left behind by Mike McCray.

The sophomore out of Southfield played in all 13 games last year — collecting four total tackles on special teams. At 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, with the ability to knock someone’s lights out at any given moment, he should be one of the favorites to win the open job.

Why is no one talking about him?

I wouldn’t say “no one” is talking about him — because there is a starting spot to fill and he has been brought up, just not exclusively — but I feel like there are other candidates people are talking about more.

There has been a lot of talk on Devin Gil and Josh Uche this offseason as the guys looking to fill the starting spot, but I’d give the edge to Ross as of now. Sure, Gil and Uche have more experience, but Ross is, in my opinion, the more talented player and should be heavily considered for the job.

Nick Eubanks — junior, tight end

Eubanks was on his way to a solid season before an elbow injury against Purdue sidelined him for the rest of 2017.

I remember watching him light up Florida’s defense and thinking to myself, “Man, this guy is going to be great this season!” His route running and speed were the difference makers for him consistently getting open in that game. He wasn’t used much in the other games — I have no clue why — but if used on a consistent basis, he can be a stud in this offense.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder will have to improve on his blocking to receive that consistent playing time, but he can be a dynamic weapon in Michigan’s offense once again in 2018.

Why is no one talking about him?

Probably because of how many damn good tight ends there are in the program currently. With guys like Sean McKeon and Zach Gentry being the stars of Michigan’s offense last year, having three incoming freshmen at the position, and veteran Tyrone Wheatley Jr. coming back, it’s hard to talk about all these guys.

Gentry and McKeon have been receiving the bulk of the attention this offseason for good reason, but watch out for Eubanks to pick up where he left off in 2017.

Aubrey Solomon — sophomore defensive tackle

Maurice Hurst was a beast on the interior defensive line last year, but one player poised to make a big leap from year one to year two to help replace Hurst is Solomon.

A former 5-star recruit, Solomon was wanted by pretty much every school in the country, and for good reason. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 297 pounds, Solomon has the burst, strength and football IQ to make quick and decisive plays. He proved those things in the latter half of the season, when he began to pick up more playing time.

From what I saw, early on in the season, Solomon didn’t seem ready to play. He appeared slow and confused at time while playing in mop up duty. But once the meat of the schedule hit, so did the increase in his play. He looked confident, much stronger and a bit quicker.

He only had 16 total tackles and two sacks last season, but if Solomon can play in 2018 the way he did at the end of his freshman season, he will avoid the sophomore slump and be on his way to being a bonafide star after the way he ended the season last year.

Why is no one talking about him?

I honestly haven’t a clue. This one is mind-numbing to me.

Maybe because of Dwumfour’s attention? Maybe because of the injury he sustained in the offseason? Maybe because of all the focus on the defensive ends? Your guess is as good as mine, but he should absolutely be talked about more.

Do you agree with my list? Who are some under-the-radar players you are looking forward to watching in 2018? Have your voice heard in the comments below.