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Projecting Michigan Football’s two-deep depth chart less than a month from kickoff

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Taking a look at where things may stand ahead of the 2020 season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 Ohio State at Michigan Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines are not set to take part in padded practices until later this week in preparation for the season opener at Minnesota. However, with the dust settling on opt outs and roster attrition heading into the pandemic-altered season, it seems as if we have a grasp on how things are shaping up with the roster and some of the key roles.

Barring something unforeseen — but supposedly not entirely out of the realm of possibility — Joe Milton will be the starter at quarterback when the Wolverines open the season on Oct. 24. In head coach Jim Harbaugh’s six years on the job, this will be the first time that one of the players he recruited out of high school will take the opening snap. Of course, this would have been the case regardless this year if Dylan McCaffrey had stuck around or Cade McNamara completes his climb up the depth chart to QB1 status.

Milton symbolizes a new era for Michigan and he will be joined by a lot of new faces on the offensive side of the ball. The defense brings back a lot of key names, but also some fresh blood that will be thrown into the mix early on.

With all of this in mind, here is our latest stab at Michigan’s two-deep depth chart heading into the first set of padded practices this week. Remember, Harbaugh and Michigan do not provide one or make it public, so this is the best we’ve got.

Note: This does not account for sub-packages or different looks on either side of the ball.

Michigan Football 2021 Projected Depth Chart — Week 1

Position First Team Second Team Reserves
Position First Team Second Team Reserves
Quarterback Cade McNamara J.J. McCarthy, Alan Bowman Dan Villari
Running Back Hassan Haskins Blake Corum, Donovan Edwards Tavierre Dunlap
Wide Receiver Ronnie Bell Daylen Baldwin, Roman Wilson
Wide Receiver Cornelius Johnson A.J. Henning
Wide Receiver Mike Sainristil Cristian Dixon, Andrel Anthony
Tight End Erick All Luke Schoonmaker Matthew Hibner, Louis Hansen
Left Tackle Ryan Hayes Karsen Barnhart Jeffrey Persi, Tristan Bounds
Left Guard Trevor Keegan Chuck Filiaga Raheem Anderson
Center Andrew Vastardis Zak Zinter Reece Atteberry, Greg Crippen, Raheem Anderson
Right Guard Zak Zinter Andrew Stueber Nolan Rumler, Greg Crippen
Right Tackle Andrew Stueber Karsen Barnhart, Trente Jones Giovanni El-Hadi, Joel Honigford
Defensive Tackle Christopher Hinton Jess Speight Rayshaun Benny
Nose Tackle Mazi Smith Donovan Jeter Jordan Whittley, Ike Iwunnah
Defensive Tackle Julius Welschof Mike Morris Gabe Newburg, Kris Jenkins, George Rooks, Dominick Guidice
Outside Linebacker Aidan Hutchinson Taylor Upshaw Braiden McGregor, TJ Guy
Inside Linebacker Josh Ross Junior Colson
Inside Linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green Mike Barrett
Outside Linebacker David Ojabo Jaylen Harrell Kechaun Bennett, Tyler McLaurin, Joey Velasquez, Anthony Solomon
Cornerback DJ Turner Vincent Gray Darion Green-Warren, Andre Seldon
Free Safety Daxton Hill RJ Moten, Jalen Perry Rod Moore
Strong Safety Brad Hawkins Makari Paige Quinten Johnson
Cornerback Gemon Green George Johnson German Green, Eamonn Dennis, Ja'Den McBurrows
Kicker Jake Moody
Punter Brad Robbins Tommy Doman
Kick Return Ronnie Bell, Blake Corum
Punt Return A.J Henning

What are your thoughts on how things are looking so far? Sound off and ask your questions in the comments below!