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Michigan Football Spring Preview: Tight Ends

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Michigan junior tight end Sean McKeon led the tight ends in catches last season.
Lon Horwedel

Michigan's spring football practice begins in just nine days on March 23, which means it's time to take a look at how each position group stacks up entering next season.

We started earlier today with wide receivers, and now move on to tight end, which is another area Michigan has several quality returners.

Returning Players

Michigan Tight Ends 2018
Name Year Height 2017 Stats (Catches-Yards-TDs)

Zach Gentry

Redshirt Junior



Sean McKeon




Nick Eubanks




Tyrone Wheatley Jr.

Redshirt Junior




Michigan Tight Ends 2018
Name Year Height 2017 Stats

Mustapha Muhammad




Luke Schoonmaker




Ryan Hayes





Tight ends always have a place in U-M coach Jim Harbaugh's offense, and 2018 will be no different. After losing Jake Butt last year, both McKeon and Gentry improved dramatically and became focal points of the offense.

The pair outperformed every wide receiver except for now senior Grant Perry, who only had four more yards than Gentry. McKeon, meanwhile, led the team in catches.

Both should see the field plenty in 2018 and each will have an important role. Both have NFL upside and provide Michigan quarterbacks with big targets over the middle of the field and in the red zone — Michigan tight ends accounted for more touchdowns than wide receivers in 2017.

Eubanks returns from injury and will likely be the third tight end and see action in the passing game. He had 61 yards receiving in the first game of the season before missing the rest of the year.

Wheatley Jr. is more of a blocking tight end that will help in the run game. He will see the field, but may not get a whole lot more playing time. It could depend on how quickly the freshmen trio of tight ends develop.

Muhammad and Schoonmaker are true tight ends and each have a bright future with the Wolverines, it just may have to wait a year. Hayes is a prime candidate to switch to offensive tackle. He's built more like a lineman and has a frame that could serve him there. For now, Michigan lists him as a tight end, but don't be surprised one bit if a position switch is made during his freshman year or even this spring.

Projected Depth Chart

1. Sean McKeon

2. Zach Gentry

3. Nick Eubanks

4. Tyrone Wheatley Jr.

5. Mustapha Muhammad

6. Luke Schoonmaker

Position Battle To Watch

Things are pretty set at tight end, both McKeon and Gentry will play enough to be considered starters. The two battles may come for the third and fifth spots — can Eubanks bounce back and have a strong year? Or will Wheatley Jr. finally make an impact and find himself a necessary part of the run game? For the firth spot, which freshman will start out the strongest?

More Spring Position Previews From The Wolverine

• Wide Receivers


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