Spring Game Preview: Defensive Line

Maize and Blue Nation Football Writer Erick Lehman will be writing multiple Spring Game previews, and releasing new position group previews each day leading into the game. The Spring Game is scheduled for Friday April 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at Michigan Stadium. The previews are looking into the Spring Game and will not account for incoming recruits who have not yet joined the team.

Groups already previewed:
 Special Teams,
Offensive Line
The defensive line is one of the strongest position groups on this team.

The Wolverines lost Willie Henry, but return Bryan Mone.

The keys to watch in this year’s Spring Game will be the depth guys, the guys who can come in for a play or two and give the starters a break.

Shelton Johnson is one of many who should be watched next Friday at The Big House. Another is Lawrence Marshall. Marshall played a very strong Spring Game last year, but only played in three games all season.

Marshall, like others on the defensive line will be a reserve lineman who come in as a rotational guy, or see time on goal line situations. 

Chase Winovich, Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley, Maurice Hurst, Mone, Ryan Glasgow, and Matt Godin all return this year.

I do not expect Glasgow to play in the Spring Game after the surgery last year for his torn pectoral muscle, but he could be ready to go by the first game, key word is could be.
Amber Ainsworth/Michigan Journal

Mone began practicing later in the season last year and should be a full go for the Spring Game. It will give fans an opportunity to get a look at Mone, who could make a strong push for a starting role, or a role involving a high snap count for him if he plays well on Friday.

The defensive line for the Spring Game is fairly cut and dry. Besides a few guys who are vying just to try and crack a few plays per game, or regular special teams playing time the field is basically set for now.

The defensive line competition will really begin to heat up over summer practices, but as of right for Spring ball, it’s fairly set.

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