When we spoke to Ed Warinner last week, he sounded optimistic about what was brewing up front.
Michigan’s third-year offensive line coach acknowledged that he had a new group of starters (minus right tackle Jalen Mayfield), but pointed to their familiarity. Center Andrew Vastardis is in his fifth year at Michigan, while guards Chuck Filiaga and Andrew Stueber are both in their fourth years. These are players who have been around the program a while now. Not only are they familiar with Warinner and what he demands, but he knows them.
Warinner said Game 1 against Minnesota would provide a good “baseline” for where Michigan’s front five stood, a group that often takes its biggest leap between Game 1 and 2. And if that is the case again this season, the Wolverines could be in good shape for 2020.
Not only did Michigan coast to a 49-24 win over the Golden Gophers on Saturday night, but its offensive line provided enough support for quarterback Joe Milton (15-22, 225 yards, TD) to work without much pressure all game. And perhaps more importantly, it opened up a few massive holes for the running game.
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