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Josh Gattis breaks down Michigan's offense as spring ball nears an end

SMG Logo By Isaiah Hole of SMG | Slide 1 of 5: "One of the key positions for us is the offensive line, we have a bunch of guys that are returning players. You look at the offensive line, we've got about six guys that have played in games or started in games. The unfortunate piece to last year was the rotation of guys and the number of players -- we didn't have a consistent offensive line for the six games we started because there were injuries, there was COVID. We were able to play two freshmen up front; one of them being Zak Zinter, one of them being Trevor Keegan and Karsen Barnhart. Those guys got valuable game experience, having a start. "But when it starts with the offensive line, it starts with Zak Zinter. He's the bell cow, to say the least. He's just a pure man, very smart, got tremendous flexibility as far as position -- can play center position, can play guard. He's really been the guy who's led the line up front from a talent standpoint. "We've got the older veterans that are returning in Andrew Vastardis and Andrew Stueber. Those guys have had a really solid spring. Andrew Stueber's playing his best football, and that's what you hope for guys going into his fifth-year, is you hope they start to hit their peak. There's some challenges with a club on his hand, but he hasn't let it (affect him). He's out there blocking guys with one hand and it's been impressive. "We're very fortunate to have Ryan Hayes back out there for a full spring. He's a guy who started the first game last year and then we completely lost him for the season. Getting him caught back up, getting his feet wet. He's been playing at a really high level. And then Trevor Keegan. Having Trevor Keegan and Chuck Filiaga -- those two guys have battled before at the guard position -- provide us tremendous depth and flexibility there. "And there's some young guys that have come along, with Persi and Nolan Rumler. Then you mention Willie Allen. Even Crippen, Greg Crippen, who's a true freshman. He's emerged as our No. 2 center. "I really like the depth, I like how our guys are playing together, I like how they're communicating, all on one page. The hardest thing you try to get together with an offensive line is the chemistry in the pass protection, making sure everyone's on the same page. And coach Moore has done a tremendous job of teaching those guys and they're all coming together as one."

Offensive line

"One of the key positions for us is the offensive line, we have a bunch of guys that are returning players. You look at the offensive line, we've got about six guys that have played in games or started in games. The unfortunate piece to last year was the rotation of guys and the number of players -- we didn't have a consistent offensive line for the six games we started because there were injuries, there was COVID. We were able to play two freshmen up front; one of them being Zak Zinter, one of them being Trevor Keegan and Karsen Barnhart. Those guys got valuable game experience, having a start. "But when it starts with the offensive line, it starts with Zak Zinter. He's the bell cow, to say the least. He's just a pure man, very smart, got tremendous flexibility as far as position -- can play center position, can play guard. He's really been the guy who's led the line up front from a talent standpoint. "We've got the older veterans that are returning in Andrew Vastardis and Andrew Stueber. Those guys have had a really solid spring. Andrew Stueber's playing his best football, and that's what you hope for guys going into his fifth-year, is you hope they start to hit their peak. There's some challenges with a club on his hand, but he hasn't let it (affect him). He's out there blocking guys with one hand and it's been impressive. "We're very fortunate to have Ryan Hayes back out there for a full spring. He's a guy who started the first game last year and then we completely lost him for the season. Getting him caught back up, getting his feet wet. He's been playing at a really high level. And then Trevor Keegan. Having Trevor Keegan and Chuck Filiaga -- those two guys have battled before at the guard position -- provide us tremendous depth and flexibility there. "And there's some young guys that have come along, with Persi and Nolan Rumler. Then you mention Willie Allen. Even Crippen, Greg Crippen, who's a true freshman. He's emerged as our No. 2 center. "I really like the depth, I like how our guys are playing together, I like how they're communicating, all on one page. The hardest thing you try to get together with an offensive line is the chemistry in the pass protection, making sure everyone's on the same page. And coach Moore has done a tremendous job of teaching those guys and they're all coming together as one."
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