Forecast For The 16 Seniors Leaving Michigan

Jason BarczyCorrespondent IDecember 11, 2008

This article may be a little late on my part. I had originally planned to do a senior tribute story before the Northwestern game then I delayed it till before the OSU game then the idea just got lost.

So here we are now, three weeks after the season, and the original is still sitting on my desktop begging to be published.

The Wolverines have 16 seniors departing the team so what's to become of them? Not all of them will see NFL playing time or even a practice field and for those that do, what kind of success will they have.

Well I think I have the answers. I'm going to start with those that I think will disappear forever and end with the one I think will be the most successful so try to keep up.


Ohene Opong-Owusu

I don't know even know who this guy is. Can anyone pronounce that? If you can get in contact with me, I want to hear this.

A four-year linebacker out of West Bloomfield, Owusu never saw the field.

He's enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and Arts so I can possibly see this guy becoming an African Literature professor at a community college somewhere in the south.


Shakir Edwards

Here's another one I have never heard of. Apparently he had two tackles on special teams in 2007 but who seriously keeps track of those.

Good luck with the telemarketing gig, Shakir!


Sean Griffin

Starting long snapper for two seasons. That's it, nothing else.

Actually did set up the game winning touchdown against Illinois in 2007 when he recovered a fumble late in the game on punt coverage. He's some kind of science nut so I see a future chemistry teaching job for this Livonia native.


Jason Gingell

This has been K.C. Lopata's main competition. Gingell is why Michigan fans have had to deal with Lopata. Because there was no one better to come in for him.

Gingell has made 15 career PAT's and is 3-for-9 on field goals which is why he only kickoffs now and is averaging 61.4 yards per kickoff.

Maybe a job in Arena League but I'm thinking more like the CFL.


Doug Dutch

What a giant disappointment! I'm serious. I had huge hopes for this guy coming out of high school.

Tom Lemming ranked him the sixth ranked receiver out of high school and a four star prospect. He was suppose to be better than Adrian Arrington and those two were going to be a great combination for years.

Here's hist stats: two years as WR with four catches for 34 yards, switched to CB before '07 and made one solo tackle and been a special teams player since '07 Irish game.

Good thing he's a psych major who can save himself the money of paying for therapy.


Brandon Logan

Here's another one that I've never really heard of. A Kentucky three star prospect who has played in just 18 games over his career. He made one start at linebacker and has 15 tackles and fumble recovery.

He'll run a restaurant or bar back home in Kentucky. Or at least be a bouncer.


Austin Panter

Another wasted four-star prospect, this one at linebacker where Michigan was seriously lacking in depth at.

Panter appeared in just seven games and coincidentally had just seven tackles including one for a loss. Not really sure what really happened with him.

He became the first Michigan JUCO transfer in like, forever, so hopefully the guy is smart enough to weasel his way into a decent job.


Mike Massey

Pat Massey's brother didn't live up the family name to say the least. Mike was a four star tight end prospect who only has two touchdowns in his career.

He could of had another this year against Northwestern but somehow he inexplicably pulled down his hands. I'll never let him live that down.

Some will say that Mike suffered a lot of injuries but I say 20 catches for 161 yards is the work of a career back up tight end who was never good enough to crack the starting lineup.

He might be Shakir Edwards boss at the telemarketing firm.


John Thompson

Detroit native who could be considered as an over achiever as a three star linebacker out of Crockett Technical.

Under Carr he only came in for spot duty, but this year he got a lot of starts and his 53 tackles in 2008 came one short of tying his career mark of 54 before the season started.

Had a Prescott Burgess moment in in the Wisconsin game where he returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Thompson could be a hard enough worker to be a main stay on an NFL practice squad after toiling for a couple years in the Arena League.


Charles Stewart

Sometimes, this four star defensive back and the pride of Farmington Hills Harrison, caused the worst headaches in the world.

Stewart consistently got beat on deep coverage and big plays, sometimes it wasn't his fault, but most times it really was.

He has 80 career tackles, six pass breakups and just one interception coming this season. Maybe the Lions will pick him up, he's their kind of player after all. But I have a feeling the CFL is the best fit for him, there's more field for him to screw up on.


K.C. Lopata

Well I can't mention one Farmington native with out following with the other, especially when I have so much disdain for both of them.

Career 21-for-27 field goals and 55 PATs for Lopata doesn't even begin to describe the heartbreak some of his misses caused. Getting blocked against Appalachian State and missing from 26 yards against Toledo account for the two worst losses in Michigan history.

His physical education degree hopefully carries him to some small high school gym class teacher in the depths of hell otherwise known as Ohio.


Brandon Harrison

Thought he would have a promising career after his freshman campaign but Harrison just sort of had a meh career and while his mistakes aren't as glaring as Stewart, he still made quite a few.

Harrison just didn't read very well off the snap and got beat at the line of scrimmage far too often. Still his career numbers aren't terrible; 165 tackles, 16.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, 12 pass breakups, three interceptions and four fumble recoveries.

While an NFL career is never gonna happen for this guy, maybe he does good in the Arena League but I see him more likely chasing after criminals as a bail bondsmen.


Tim Jamison

Underachieved considering he came out of high school as a four star recruit and number three ranked defensive linemen in the country.

Jamison only amassed 129 stops, 20 sacks and four forced fumbles as a defensive end opposite Brandon Graham for two years and Lamar Woodley for two.

He doesn't have the size to be a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL but he could be an undrafted free agent signing that remains on the practice squad.


Will Johnson

A balding, four star defensive tackle out of Lake Orion, Johnson has played a lot in his career and done a decent job.

Him and Terrance Taylor have been a nice little combination for the past two years but not better than Taylor and Alan Branch being next to each other.

Johnson has amassed 81 tackles, 5.5 sacks and one fumble recovery and there was a nice fluff story in the Ann Arbor news about how Johnson is the strongest player on the team.

I could see him as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense if he continues training under Mike Barwis.


Morgan Trent

A four star receiver converted to defensive back, Trent was lightning fast coming out of high school and reportedly beat Ted Ginn Jr. in a few track meets.

Too bad he couldn't catch the ball to be a receiver so Carr did what any coach does with a receiver who can't catch, put him on defense.

As a corner Trent had 149 tackles, seven interceptions and 21 pass breakups while starting for three seasons.

I can think of worse defensive backs in the NFL so why not take a chance on him in the later rounds. Trent could turn out to be a serviceable dime or quarter defensive back.


Terrence Taylor

I first took notice "Big T" during the 2006 Penn State game where he and Alan Branch were competing to see who could knock out the quarterback out of the game first.

Branch won but Taylor scored big in my heart and although Taylor won't get the acclaim that Branch or even Gabe Watson had, he's still a dominating defensive tackle.

At best though, I can only see Taylor getting drafted in the third or fourth round, but whoever does will get a gem.

Not only is he tough to deal with on the line, he's got a big heart and can talk trash with the best of them.

His 114 tackles, six sacks and four fumble recoveries throughout his career should've gotten the attention of some NFL scouts.

Taylor is the best prospect coming out of Michigan and with the right team, coach he could have a nice little career.


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