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Top 6 Players Who Will Lead Michigan Wolverines To Wins In 2014

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Top 6 Players Who Will Lead Michigan To Wins In 2014

Michigan Wolverine Freshman Saw Valuable Playing Time in 2013 That Will Lead to Wins in 2014
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The Michigan Wolverines were a team with high expectations heading into 2013. Head coach Brady Hoke had a proven quarterback in Devin Gardner returning. Denard Robinson may have departed for the NFL, but his time under center for the Wolverines had already come to a conclusion as a result of injuries and the emergence of Gardner.

Gardner proved to be an effective quarterback in 2013, but struggled early in the season. His biggest struggle was with turnovers. There was a stretch where it seemed like Gardner could not make it through a single game without throwing at least one interception. Under Hoke’s tutelage, Gardner got a hold of his turnover follies and helped lead the Wolverines to some key victories in 2013.

In 2013, the young Wolverines lost only two games at home in Ann Arbor. The Big House crowd saw the Nebraska Cornhuskers come in and steal a game in early November. Unfortunately for Wolverine fans, the Ohio State Buckeyes, led by head coach Urban Meyer, were able to walk into the Big House and win the last game of the Big Ten season.

The Wolverines had many freshmen forced into service this season, and there were more than a few who shined at moments. Injuries along the offensive line forced interior linemen into service sooner than expected. The experience gained by these players will prove to be essential to the success of the Wolverines next year.

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6. Erik Magnuson

Erik Magnuson
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Magnuson may be one of the best freshmen on the roster this season. He has a very bright future in the Maize and Blue.

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5. Kyle Kalis

Kyle Kalis
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Kalis is one of the individuals who saw an increased role as a result of injuries to the Wolverines offensive line. He really stepped up in his freshman campaign, and the Wolverines will see the benefit of his experience in coming years. Both Magnuson and Kalis also reaped the benefit of playing alongside Taylor Lewan this season.

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4. Willie Henry

Willie Henry
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Henry is a big, powerful Wolverines player who gets his work done in the trenches. He will be a mainstay on the Wolverines' defensive line for years to come.

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3. Jake Butt

Jake Butt
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This young tight end may be overshadowed by standout Devin Funchess, but his brings a lot of size and skill to the Wolverines' offense as well.

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2. Derrick Green

Derrick Green
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A quick and strong runner, Green will become more and more vital to the Wolverines' offensive scheme as he finds an expanded role in their offense.

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1. Chris Wormley

Chris Wormley
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Chris Wormley is the defensive end for the Wolverines who will be looked at to lead the team in sacks for years to come. Wormley has speed and power in his arsenal.