Depth means something.
Teams that succeed typically have a number of positives going on. One, the program has a good quarterback. That is a big part of football nowadays. Two, that quarterback has a good offensive line to keep him upright. Three, the culture of the program is a positive one.
One aspect that doesn’t get a lot publicity, however, is depth.
Michigan’s fall camp has been going on for over a week now and new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis has gotten a chance to see all of the guys he has to work with. That includes the tight ends.
On Monday, he talked about all of the tight ends that are standing out to him:
“You look at tight ends, you’ve got Sean McKeon, Nick Eubanks – Erick All has been exciting people,” Gattis said. “Mustapha Muhammad has had a really good camp. Luke Schoonmaker – you could possibly say we’re five-deep at tight end, as well.
“The competition level is high, too. When the competition level is high, you’re gonna demand the best from each and every guy, every day.”
If Michigan’s offense is going to take that next step from last year to this year — including a philosophy change under Gattis — numerous capable tight ends will only help that side of the ball grow.