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Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 11:40 a.m.

Michigan's new-look football roster includes freshmen, beefed-up Jibreel Black, Craig Roh

By Kyle Meinke


Michigan defensive end Craig Roh is up to 278 pounds, after playing last year at 269.

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CHICAGO -- The Michigan football team has moved around several players on its defensive line, as it tries to account for losing three starters.

Preseason camp won't start for another 12 days, but some of those players are already looking different.

As in, bigger.

The most noticeable leap is Jibreel Black, who is moving from weak-side end to defensive tackle. After playing at 260 pounds last year, the junior is now listed at 276 as he prepares to mix it up in the middle.

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He said in the spring he hoped to be up to 280 by the start of the season.

Black is expected to take over Will Heininger's spot in the middle. He still has a ways to go before he's at a true tackle's weight -- Heininger played last year at 295 pounds -- but the extra 16 pounds are a solid start for one offseason.

Michigan announced the new heights and weights in its 2012 media guide, which was released Thursday morning at the Big Ten media days in Chicago.

Senior Craig Roh, who is moving from weak- to strong-side end, is up to 278 pounds after playing last year at 269. Ryan Van Bergen played that spot last year at 288.

Roh is expected to make a more seamless transition than Black, considering he's still an end. His assignments won't change much, and he also has logged a team-best 38 starts -- each in a row.

The rest of the projected starting defensive linemen combine for one career start, so Roh will be counted upon as a leader of that group.

Projected starting tackle Will Campbell, meantime, has gone the other way. He now weighs 308 pounds, after being listed last year at 322. He entered school at 356 pounds.

He is expected to take over for all-Big Ten player Mike Martin in the middle.

Michigan's release of the new roster all details heights and weights for the incoming freshman class. A look:

OL Blake Bars, 6-5, 282
LB Joe Bolden, 6-2, 224
OL Ben Braden, 6-6, 299
WR Jehu Chesson, 6-3, 183
DB Jeremy Clark, 6-4, 191
WR Amara Darboh, 6-2, 218
TE Devin Funchess, 6-5, 225
DB Allen Gant, 6-2, 196
DT Matt Godin, 6-6, 270
DT Willie Henry, 6-2, 302
FB Sione Houma, 6-0, 221
LB Royce Jenkins-Stone, 6-2, 206
RB Drake Johnson, 6-0, 203
OL Kyle Kalis, 6-5, 292
OL Erik Magnuson, 6-6, 290
RB Dennis Norfleet, 5-7, 170
DE Mario Ojemudia, 6-3, 223
DT Ondre Pipkins, 6-3, 337
DB Terry Richardson, 5-9, 154
LB Kaleb Ringer, 6-0, 230
LB James Ross, 6-0, 225
DE Tom Strobel, 6-6, 250
TE A.J. Williams, 6-6, 282
DB Jarrod Wilson, 6-2, 195
DE Chris Wormley, 6-4, 268

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Fri, Jul 27, 2012 : 5 a.m.

This is great information. if clear the coaches have really been working with these young men. Magnusson is at 290 and Braden at 299 (both up 15 lbs from their recruited weight). That's big enough to make the roster along with Kalis and shore things up on the paper thin O line. Will Henry is up 36 lbs. @ 302 lbs! He's big enough to help shore up the D tackle position along with Pipkins (337) if Campbell can't consistently get low enough. These guys at 6'2 and 6'3 are the perfect height for DT if it's muscle and not fat. Wormley and Strobel are both 40 and 22 lbs heavier than Clark (228). Lets hope one or both of them can permanently replace Clark alongside Beyer. I was hoping to see Norfleet up 5-10 lbs but he is such a powerful little guy- I bet he starts running back kicks in the Alabama game and really gives teams fits with his speed and athleticism. Houma is ready to play at 6'0 221- could give depth and competition at Fullback to Hopkins. This freshman class could be the answer to how to keep on winning in view of our schedule and recent loss of two players to indefinite suspension. Let's hope Rawls stays healthy and Hays has added some weight to replace Touissant.


Fri, Jul 27, 2012 : 1:12 a.m.

Wow...that Pipkins is a beast! 6'3", 337 lbs...that sounds like someone who could help out on the D-line right away.


Fri, Jul 27, 2012 : 5:07 a.m.

Look at Will Henry at 6'2 302. he was a lean powerful kid when they recruited him at 270 lbs. Let's hope is from a high protein diet and weight lifting all day.

Rich Rezler

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 6:03 p.m.

The caption of the photo in this story has been corrected to properly reflect Roh's 18-pound weight gain. Keith Martin of London (812 pounds) retains his world record and we regret the typo.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 7:47 p.m.

According to the article he has only gained 9 pounds (from 269 to 278).


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 4:17 p.m.

That's amazing!! That's gotta be some kind of record!

Kevin Shabinski

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

Jared's Subway diet was my first guess, but lab band seems more probable.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 4:32 p.m.

I bet it was lap band surgery.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 4 p.m.

Per the caption Craig Roh has lost more than 2300lbs. Amazing!


Fri, Jul 27, 2012 : 5:02 a.m.

Rumor is he is anorexic. what a crying shame.