5 Players Who Could Breakout In 2019

5 Players Who Could Breakout In 2019

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5 Players Who Could Breakout In 2019

We have already seen eight games out of this team, with at least five more coming this season. The thing is we haven’t seen everyone play. That is due to either injury or there are better players playing right now, but that doesn’t always last. Next year, players will be gone and new players will enter. It also means existing players who didn’t play, or played in a limited role could get a shot to start or see more playing time.

There are many players that I could have thrown on this list, but I didn’t include possible freshman as they could always decommit and go elsewhere, so I am sticking with players who are on the team who have a better chance of being here in 2019.

1. QB Dylan McCaffrey

This one depends on if starting quarterback Shea Patterson declares for the upcoming NFL draft. When McCaffrey has played this season, he has gotten attention from the fans, and some thought after the week one loss that McCaffrey should start over Patterson.

Now that the majority of that talk is dead, McCaffrey is still a good quarterback for the future of the Wolverines. So far this season in limited play time, McCaffrey is 8/15 for 126 yards with two touchdowns but also has eight carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. McCaffrey can do it with his legs or arm and that can be dangerous for Michigan, just look at Patterson right now.

2. RB Tru Wilson

Starting running back Karan Higdon is leaving after this season as he is a senior and while other running back Chris Evans will be talked about, the one player that needs some attention as well is the third-stringer Tru Wilson.

He has 36 carries for 217 yards and a touchdown, along with four catches for 28 yards as he has shown glimpses of hope to be a solid contributor for this offense down the road. With Higdon leaving, Evans won’t be an every down back and Wilson will see the ball more and he could explode with his speed and quickness.

3. DE Aidan Hutchinson

Only appearing in just four games so far this year, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson has nine tackles and one for loss. Star defensive end Rashan Gary has said he is better than Gary was when Gary stepped onto campus in 2016. That isn’t what the Big Ten wants to hear.

Hutchinson should see more playing time next year with defensive end Chase Winovich leaving and Gary possibly heading towards the draft. Other defensive linemen have stepped up this year so far, but Hutchinson could really make an impact next season with others out of the way.

4. S Jalen Kelly-Powell

Only appearing in two games this year and getting three tackles, safety Jalen Kelly-Powell hasn’t seen much play with Tyree Kinnel, Josh Metellus, and Jordan Glasgow above him on the depth chart. The good news is that Glasgow and Kinnel are seniors and his chance to see the field more is wide open.

Michigan fans have been waiting to see what Kelly-Powell can do for this team and another off-season of training and camps could improve his game and have him and Metellus lockdown the deeper part of the field.

5. DL Kwity Paye

The only defensive player on this list that has had some good playing time this year is defensive linemen Kwity Paye. Appearing in six games, Paye has 16 tackles, five for loss, two sacks and one pass deflection. Paye, like Hutchinson, can see more time once players ahead of him leave.

Paye is already playing a good amount of football, but with others ahead of him seem to be leaving soon that leaves the door open for him to possibly start. His ability to play tackle and end is noteworthy well and gives him versatility, along with increasing his chances of playing more in the future and why he already has played so much this season.

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