By VERONICA RATES, Staff Writer
The Wolverines expect to see four returning starters on the offensive line, with a few adjustments, and a new face among the veterans. Mason Cole, Erik Magnuson, Kyle Kalis and Ben Braden are expected to suit up on Saturdays.
Cole moves from left tackle to center, replacing Graham Glasgow. The junior made 25 starts in his previous two years at left tackle.
Magnuson looks to be Michigan’s starting right tackle as he enters his redshirt senior season. With 24 starts and All-Big Ten third team under his belt, Magnuson looks to create a better running game for the Wolverines.
At right guard is fifth year senior Kalis, another All-Big Ten third team member from last season.
Redshirt senior Ben Braden made 25 starts his last three seasons and will likely start at left guard for the Wolverines. He was All-Big Ten honorable mention last season.
The left tackle position is still up for grabs, likely to be either sophomore Grant Newsome or freshman Ben Bredeson. Newsome made his first start against Minnesota last season, and has seen four games in action. Bredeson was named Wisconsin’s Gatorade High School Player of the Year and was ranked the fifth best offensive tackle in the nation, number one in Wisconsin.
With four of the five spots being taken by returning starts, Michigan will be looking at a very experienced and well-rounded offensive line. Glasgow being gone will be a big loss for the Wolverines but with Cole’s new spot at center, things look promising.
With the left tackle position still up in the air for now, Newsome looks like the final piece. Being the youngest out of the five makes him a standout after this season.
There is a lot of talent in this line, and it’s blatant that they’ll be a dominant factor for Michigan.