Michigan is very deep at the tight end position this season. Blocking tight ends, tight ends with speed, have a class with different skill sets.
The team is undoubtedly top-heavy, with Eric Ohl and Luke Schoenker among the most promising tight ends in college football. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and Grant Newsome both expect everyone and Schoonmaker to battle for who is the best tight end in the nation. Harbaugh has always found ways to use a tight end in the offense and this year will be no different – the team will contribute more as a receiver, as well as in pass and run blocking.
Newsome pointed out that he relies on his tight ends when everyone else and Schoonmaker are on the field and other players rotate.
“From game to game, it depends on how the game flows, who’s hot. But it’s a good problem. It feels like it’s not just two deep in a tight room, it’s deep. I feel like we have five or six guys right now who can win us games in tight spots.
Check out Michigan’s tight end depth chart.
By all accounts, no pun intended, he’s been impressing his teammates and coaches all offseason. He has put on a lot of muscle mass and is up to 255 pounds and has speed for the game.
All had 38 receptions for 437 yards and two touchdowns last season, including a memorable game-tying score against Penn State on the road. He is a leader on the team, one of the strongest players on the team, and could have a long and great NFL career. They could all have a big season.
“First of all, he’s a really dynamic athlete. You saw the Penn State game last year. To do that, catch the ball and run their secondary on a sprained ankle,” Newsome said this spring. “When he did that, he was two weeks off from a high ankle sprain. He’s a really, really special athlete in terms of flexibility.
Schoonmaker has good speed in his own right and the foot race between him and everyone else will be close. Schoonmaker set a few career highs last season with 17 receptions for 165 yards and three touchdowns.
“I think a level was set for both Eric and me. It was set for us, but I think the standard was set,” Schoenmer said. Now we know how to practice, how to play and how to hold each other accountable for our play.
Schoonmaker in 2010 He’ll see the field at a high clip in 2022 and have a good shot at putting up big numbers beyond 2021. Schonker has steady hands, good vertical speed and an ability to get open on shallow crosses.
Colston Loveland: A true freshman as an early enrollee, Loveland could end the season with the third most receptions. Loveland was the Gatorade Idaho Player of the Year last year (62 receptions, 968 yards, 14 touchdowns, rushed for 352 yards with four scores, and had 66 tackles (18 for loss), 5.5 sacks and two interceptions). If Loveland continues to develop physically, he could be one of the best tight ends of the Jim Harbaugh era. Joel Honigford: 2021 First season as a full-time tight end and had one reception last year. Honigford was mainly used as an additional barrier. A former three-star prospect. Matthew Hibner: Served as a blocking tight end last year, did not record a reception. A former three-star prospect. Louis Hansen: Hansen, a former four-star prospect, appeared in one game at Michigan last season. His 2020 high school season was canceled, but he excelled as a junior in 2019, going 39 for 548 yards and eight touchdowns. Marlin Klein: A freshman originally from Cologne, Germany, he had 22 receptions for three touchdowns as a senior in high school. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Klein may not get immediate playing time, but he will be one to watch in the coming years. Max Bredesen: Walk-on, brother of former Michigan linebacker Ben Bredesen, received playing time in Michigan’s spring game and earned praise from Jim Harbaugh and his teammates. Grant Newsome said Bredesen will play a lot of games for Michigan.