Funk Sees an OL Class that Fits UM's Style

Funk Sees an OL Class that Fits UM's Style

Michigan signed six prized offensive lineman to year's 2013 class. The haulincluded: David Dawson, Patrick Kugler, Logan Tuley-Tillman, Chris Fox, Kyle Bosch and Dan Samuelson. It's a group that gets the Maize & Blue one step closer to establishing the powerful identity Brady Hoke and offensive line coach, Darrell Funk envision. ***With Video***

The cream of Michigan’s No. 2 recruiting class is most certainly the offensive line. The haul includes five 4-star commits and one 5-star. Together they form a group that should setup big running holes for Wolverine runners for the foreseeable future.

The heralded crop includes: David Dawson, Patrick Kugler, Logan Tuley-Tillman, Chris Fox, Kyle Bosch and Dan Samuelson. While most of them will likely redshirt next season, they certainly fit the style of offensive lineman that coach Brady Hoke envisioned when he took the job two years ago- a mauling, run oriented, pro-style offense that controls the clock.

“I think the needs that we had focused on, we met,” Hoke said at his signing day press conference. “It was very important for us to establish guys who can play at the line of scrimmage the way we want to play Michigan football. We took four offensive linemen a year ago, and we redshirted all four of those guys. We took six this year and two of them are in school now. For the style of football that we need to play, I think that was important.”

All six players played on defense in high school, as well, which showed offensive line coach Darrel Funk their diversity as athletes.

“They are all either super big already or (going) to be big,” Funk said. “And they all can run and move. And most of them played really well on defense too. That’s the other thing. You look up and down the tape. I’ve had kids ask me on two or three of them, ‘Well are you going to lose them to the defensive side of the ball.’ I said, ‘not if I have anything to do with it.’ But that’s a good thing when you have guys can move well and redirect well enough on defense. I think that’s a good deal.”

With left tackle Taylor Lewan coming back for his senior season, Funk says the All American’s presence will only help this year’s freshmen develop faster.

“It will be huge. Obviously, we’re going to coach them. We’re going to develop them and we’re going grow them and all that. The guy doing it right in front of you and he takes the rep right in front of you. And he sees how to do it. And then he does the rep and does it the same way or tries too, that huge,” Funk said.  

“But the big thing is when we’re not able to be around these guys,” Funk said. “The summers and everything… we can barley do anything with them. That’s when the senior leadership, and that’s when guys on their own they do something’s they want to do. When you have a guy who knows how to do it at the highest level—what Taylor does. And Mike Schofield will be that way too. He know what we want. And he can help those guys. And even if they are watching tape at home or different things. It’s invaluable what those kids can do for the young ones if they do it right.”

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