Let’s get to know what team Michigan will play in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 29 in Atlanta.
Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press
Michigan football offensive lineman Ben Bredeson said nothing is official, but for now he plans to be in Ann Arbor next season.
Bredeson, a three-year starter, has been projected as one of the top available offensive guards in next spring’s draft by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
And while he still plans to discuss everything with U-M coach Jim Harbaugh, his current plan is to play his senior year.
“I’ve got a meeting with coach and we’ll talk about everything. … I’ll be here, it’s not official (yet), but yeah,” Bredeson told reporters Monday afternoon. “I love this place. I didn’t really think of leaving, honestly never even crossed my mind until after the (Ohio State) game and really haven’t thought about it a whole lot.
“But I’ll talk with Coach, do my due diligence.”
Bredeson, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound junior captain, was named a second-team All-Big Ten player this season. He has been a full-time starter at Michigan since taking over at guard for the final eight games of his freshman season in 2016.
Any player who is three years removed from high school is eligible for the NFL draft. They can also seek input from the league’s College Advisory Committee to see what their stock might look like before making a final decision. Underclassmen must apply for the draft by Jan. 14.
Bredeson isn’t the only Michigan junior with a decision in front of him, as co-captain linebacker Devin Bush Jr. has said he’ll spend some time discussing his future with his family and coaches over the next month. Bush has been projected as a first-round draft pick.
Michigan juniors Lavert Hill, David Long, Shea Patterson and Zach Gentry also could have decisions to make, and safety Josh Metellus told reporters Monday he’ll seek input from the advisory committee.
“I just want to be in the best position to provide for my family, whether that’s leaving now or coming back next year,” Metellus said. “That’s for me to figure out and however I can do that, I’ll do it.”
U-M defensive end Rashan Gary already has declared for the draft and will not play in the Peach Bowl against Florida on Dec. 29 in Atlanta.
Harbaugh told reporters Sunday night that Gary was the only player at this time who has informed him of a decision not to play in the bowl game.
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