Michigan Wolverines: Steve Watson

Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges likes what he has to work with this spring. And who wouldn't be excited about Denard Robinson and Fitz Toussaint returning in the backfield as the offensive core?

But like every team, the Wolverines have some issues. One of the key concerns is building a solid two-deep along the offensive line.

"It's a position where we feel good about the kids who are playing," Borges said. "We just need to enhance our depth."

Michigan must replace Rimington Trophy winner David Molk at center, and Ricky Barnum will get the first crack at the gig. Barnum was injured most of last season, and has played left guard in the past.

"He's athletic," Borges said. "Ricky can move. He's really has the profile more of a center. He's smart, he understands who to block and he's played some guard, which should have some carry-over to center. So I think Ricky is going to be fine."

Making up for Molk's leadership might be the toughest task this spring. Borges said Barnum, left tackle Taylor Lewan, and senior guard Patrick Omameh should help pick up the slack in that area.

The starting group up front should be solid, with senior Elliott Mealer taking over at left guard, and Michael Schofield moving to right tackle to replace Mark Huyge. Behind them is a lot of inexperience. Borges said redshirt freshmen Jack Miller and Chris Bryant should contribute. And an incoming freshman like Kyle Kalis has a chance to crack the depth chart.

"We'll see how quick they can pick it up," Borges said.

Another area of concern is tight end, which loses departed seniors Kevin Koger and Steve Watson. Borges said senior Brandon Moore, who has played sparingly, and Ricardo Miller, who's more of a receiving tight end, will get the bulk of the work this spring. But it's a position that remains unsettled.

"We're looking at other kids, and the jury is still out," Borges said. "It's a position where, if a freshman came in and showed something, he could probably make a contribution."

Incoming recruit Devin Funchess could be that guy, though he'll likely need to put on some weight. The Wolverines also signed A.J. Williams as a tight end prospect.

"Seeing who's going to come to the forefront and be our starting tight end this spring, that's huge," Borges said.
No position on the Michigan roster has more questions and needs more help entering next season than tight end.

Kevin Koger? Gone. Steve Watson? Gone.

And considering offensive coordinator Al Borges plans on incorporating the tight end into the offense more and more as the seasons progress, this becomes an important position. Never mind Koger was a safety net for quarterback Denard Robinson.

Question of the Week: Hidden Talent 

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This week's question: What is your hidden talent?

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Exit Interview: TE Steve Watson 

February, 16, 2012
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'Exit Interview' is a feature at WolverineNation where we chat with departed seniors from the football and basketball programs about their time in Ann Arbor in a Q&A format.

Previous Exit Interviews: S Jared Van Slyke; DT Alex Schwab; WR Jordan Barpal; LB Brandon Herron; CB Tony Anderson; FB John McColgan; DT Mike Martin; DL Will Heininger; WR Martavious Odoms; TE Kevin Koger; OL Mark Huyge; DB Troy Woolfolk

PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Steve Watson didn't have the career he envisioned. A tight end prospect out of high school, he ended up playing four positions -- tight end, fullback, defensive end and outside linebacker -- in his five season at the school.

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PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Two former Michigan tight ends will participate in a Regional NFL Combine, held at the Chicago Bears training facility on March 3.

Both Kevin Koger and Steve Watson, who were passed over for next week's national NFL Scouting Combine, told WolverineNation on Monday they were planning on participating in the regional combine.

"Since I'm not going to the actual combine, it's a point for me to go out there and get exposure," Koger said before a workout at BarwisMethods. "I just want to go down there. It'll be good to test there before Pro Day. I know Pro Day will be more important than the regional combine but it'll be nice to get comfortable in that kind of environment."

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Michigan knew one of its needs in the last recruiting cycle was increasing both its depth and talent level at tight end. And following a two tight end haul in the Class of 2012, the Wolverines expected tight end would be a place they would look to add more players in 2013 as well.

Michigan kind of has to as it transitions from a spread offense to a pro-style one. Last season, Michigan used mostly three tight ends: Kevin Koger, Steve Watson and Brandon Moore.

The Wolverines won’t be able to do that in the future.

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