Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Position Battle: Frank Clark v Brennen Beyer

Michigan D-Coordinator, Greg Mattison, faces the task of replacing three starters on a D-Line that played an integral role in the resurgence of Michigan’s Defense. Senior DE Craig Roh has been somewhat of a fixture on the D-Line, but with his move over to the Strong-side, (RVB’s spot) two Sophomores will compete throughout the fall to become the starting Weak-side End.

Brennen Beyer, Soph. 6’3”, 225 (250?)

Strengths: Motor, Consistency, Coordination
Weaknesses: Size, Strength, Experience, Burst, Shedding Blocks
Fergodsakes Projection: We fully expect that Beyer will weigh 245lbs+ by the fall, but that is still small for a B1G Defensive End. Beyer’s limited experience at SAM LB in 2011 displays his athleticism, and he will have to use great technique and high effort to beat B1G OL. Beyer looks much “thicker” than last year, but he will still have to rely on his motor and smarts to thrive in one on one matchups with TE’s, tackles, and pulling guards.
-33 Total Tackles, 2 Sacks, 7.5 TFL

Frank Clark, Soph. 6’2”, 228 (250?)

Strengths: Speed, Agility, Motor, and Pass Rush
Weaknesses: Size, Strength, Shedding Blocks, Angle of Pursuit
Fergodsakes Projection: Frank Clark has also reportedly made significant weight gains in the offseason, and we expect his added strength to help him become more of a presence in other teams backfields. Clark has the potential to beat the man across from him nearly every time due to his burst and speed off of the line. Clark found himself in the opposing backfield quite frequently last season but always seemed a step or two in the wrong direction. Clark’s biggest challenge will be play recognition and taking better angles of pursuit.
-24 Total Tackles, 5.5 Sacks, 8 TFL

The Bottom Line
Michigan has two very young and very different players competing for the Weak-side DE spot. We expect that Beyer will be depended on for consistency on first and second down and that coaches will turn Clark lose on obvious passing downs. 


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