Fullback Mark Moundros might help Michigan football team at linebacker
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.
“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.
“(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 AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.