The 2018 season did not end the way the script seemed to be written for Michigan football and while the Wolverines did say goodbye to some talented players, they have plenty returning next fall for a run at the Big Ten title.
Having shaken the bitter ending to the season, it is time to look at what Michigan football has for 2019. The players that are turning pro leave a temporary void. But the depth and a very good incoming class of recruits should give the Wolverines ammunition heading into 2019.
David Long also will not be back for Michigan football and with that opening, all eyes will be on top recruit Daxton Hill who is certain to get a good long look at spring practice and heading into fall camp. It will certainly be a camp battle worth paying attention to.
Kwity Paye will replace NFL-bound Rashan Gary. He took over for Gary when he hurt his shoulder and started the Peach Bowl before exiting with a hamstring injury. With Paye and Josh Uche, Michigan football shouldn’t see a drop off on the defensive line either.
Quarterback Shea Patterson will be returning to Ann Arbor and that is good news for the offense. The offensive line will return four out of five starters so they will be a veteran line of sorts and be a stabilizer for the run and pass game.
Returning along with Patterson is receiving corps. That will provide a familiarity as far as the passing game is concerned and there is hope that with a year under their belt the passing game will be stronger heading into the 2019 season.
All eyes will be on the Michigan running back battle. 1,000-yard rusher Karan Higdon is not returning, leaving the door open for a back to emerge and take hold of the starting position. Chris Evans, Christian Turner, Tru Wilson, and incoming freshman Zach Charbonnet will via for both the coveted starting spot not to mention playing time.
All that being said, the Michigan football team is in a good position to continue to grind and get better in the new year and the next football season.