Report: Michigan moving linebacker Brennen Beyer to weak-side end, sliding Craig Roh to other end
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
The Michigan football team seems to have already taken its first step toward addressing the massive losses it sustained along the defensive line.
The Wolverines will be without three starters from last year's 11-2 season: tackles Mike Martin and Will Heininger and end Ryan Van Bergen. Their only returning starter up front is Craig Roh, who played weak-side end.
Now, it appears reserve linebacker Brennen Beyer will move to Roh's weak-side end spot, and Roh will slide into Van Bergen's strong-side end position, according to MGoBlog.
The website reports multiple Michigan coaches said last week at the Glazier Clinic in Novi that defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has already executed the move.
Beyer played well as a true freshman last year after earning more snaps down the stretch, but was buried behind redshirt freshman Jake Ryan at strong-side linebacker. Now, he'll presumably compete for playing time at weak-side end with returners Jibreel Black, who will be a junior, and Frank Clark, a sophomore. Roh will man the other end.
It remains unclear what the team will do to account for the losses of Martin and Heininger in the middle. The leading candidates are believed to be Will Campbell, who will be a senior but has started only once; little-used Quinton Washington, who will be a sophomore; and Ondre Pipkins, a highly touted incoming freshman.
At linebacker, Michigan remains deep despite Beyer's move. All three starters return, including Ryan on the strong-side. Backup Cam Gordon is back, as well.