Michigan Wolverines: Stephen Schilling

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Ben Braden has had to learn a lot over the past 18 months. He had to adjust to college. Needed to learn how to play college football.

And now, theoretically, the redshirt freshman has to learn a new position. Braden, who was recruited as an offensive tackle and is the potential heir apparent to Taylor Lewan, is now lining up at guard.

Making the move inside will be a transition, but it might end up helping Braden in more ways than he realizes. Moving to guard, be it for a year or even just the spring if he is beaten out for the job, gives him more versatility for his Michigan career. And for a potential career in the NFL later on.

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Key to 2012: No. 4 Taylor Lewan 

August, 28, 2012
Taylor LewanAndrew Weber/US PresswireLeft tackle Taylor Lewan is the Wolverines' best NFL offensive line prospect since Jake Long.
Over the next two weeks, WolverineNation will break down the 10 players who need to play to the peak of their abilities for Michigan to have its best possible season, going from 10 all the way to No. 1.

Taylor Lewan is Michigan’s most experienced offensive lineman and the best professional prospect the Wolverines have had along the offensive line since another dominant left tackle played for the Wolverines, Jake Long.

Lewan, though, still has a lot of room to improve. While he is one of the best overall blockers in the Big Ten, he has never had to be the leader of the offensive line, having Stephen Schilling around two seasons ago and David Molk last season. Both now are with the San Diego Chargers, leaving Lewan to do more than just play his position. And with a first-time starter next to him at left guard and fifth-year senior Ricky Barnum still growing into the center slot in his first season starting there, it will be up to Lewan to work on the cohesiveness of the unit.

Martin, Molk to the Senior Bowl 

December, 15, 2011
Michigan football is back in the spotlight -- and it is continuing its tradition of sending players to postseason All-Star Games.

Defensive tackle Mike Martin and center David Molk have been invited to the Senior Bowl, Martin told WolverineNation on Thursday.

"I know Dave's going so that'll be cool to go with a guy, a teammate," Martin said. "It's a big opportunity and first thing is first, the Sugar Bowl. After that, I'll dive right in."

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