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Posted on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 1:30 p.m.

Fullback Mark Moundros might help Michigan football team at linebacker

By Dave Birkett

Fullback Mark Moundros approached Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez earlier this off-season about switching positions.

The fullback doesn’t get much use in Michigan’s spread offense - Moundros didn’t have a carry last year - and the fifth-year senior thought he could help at one of the Wolverines’ thinnest positions, linebacker.

He was right.


Mark Moundros

Rodriguez said earlier this week that Moundros has shown enough this spring to be a two-way player come fall. He’ll backup Obi Ezeh and Jonas Mouton at inside linebacker, and share fullback duties with walk-on John McColgan.

“I don’t want to say it’s a surprise, but a guy that I think’s shown us that he’s going to be able to help us (at linebacker) is Mark Moundros,” Rodriguez said. “He’ll still play a little bit of offense, but our focus all spring for Mark has been defense to learn that new position. He’s got a lot of intensity, he’s a strong guy, very passionate. I really like what I’ve seen from Mark playing over there, so I think it’s a move that’s probably going to stick and at the same time probably help play some fullback.”

Moundros, a standout special teams player in addition to Michigan’s top fullback the last two years, last carried the ball Nov. 8, 2008, when he scored his only career rushing touchdown on a 3-yard plunge against Minnesota.

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McColgan played in 10 games last year at fullback and on special teams.

“(He) has had a really good spring as well, so that’s kind of eased Mark’s move over there, at least from our standpoint,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez has singled out two other linebackers for their play this spring. He praised Kenny Demens for his play early in camp - Demens has been banged up recently - and on Tuesday he said Ezeh has “had a good spring” after a rough 2009.

“We challenged Obi a little bit, and I think he’s responded so far,” Rodriguez said.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.



Fri, Apr 16, 2010 : 1:17 p.m.

These are the kind of situations that make college ball fun to negotiate. Here this bulldog is not being utilized at fullback and the great thing about this is that you can see the parity in the two positions both requiring size, strength and decent speed. Also, both positions require being able to hit or be hit. I like this kind of maneuvering and who knows I've seen stranger things this could be another diamond in the rough I'm going to watch this drama unfold. These are the kinds of things that can create an off balance about opinions of teams. I watched that spring report on Big 10 network and Gerry Dinardo was commenting on Mich. defense and I find it comical that anyone can form an opinion about a team before the season or even spring game tonight. There will be injuries and lots of juggling before the opening act (1st snap).


Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 7:10 p.m.

Whats up with all the rerun articles. We already know this stuff. It hasnt changed since the last article.


Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 5:46 p.m.

Moundros is a very intelligent player whom has learned to use all of his talents on the field... to think of him at LB on defense is encouraging and exciting... I picture him as fierce as a wolverine attacking the 'O'... what a pleasing move to make where desperately needed... yet able to play offense as well... as good as a switch batter in baseball, but better.

Terry Star21

Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 2:13 p.m.

This is a great story Mr. Birkett, it's no secret Moundros was a fantastic offensive weapon, but to be able for him to adjust to defense and be used is very hopeful. I think we can look for two-three more defensive surprise moves before fall that will be a big asset to our team... don't be suprisd to see moundros become the caliber of player like a Brandon Graham.