The 2022 college football season is right around the corner and the Michigan Wolverines will be looking to replicate what they did in 2021 by winning another Big Ten Championship and berth in the College Football Playoff.
In case you have not heard, the Wolverines are losing quite a bit of talent from their Big Ten Championship team from a year ago, especially on the defensive side of the ball, but their offense should be extremely good.
In fact, the Wolverines are absolutely stacked when it comes to weapons on the offense.
2 Michigan Football players included as ‘breakout candidates’
On Tuesday, Pro Football Focus released an article in which they list 30 players in college football who are ‘breakout candidates’ for the upcoming season.
Anthony Treash, who wrote the article for PFF, believes that RB Donovan Edwards and WR A.J. Henning are candidates to have breakout seasons for Michigan in 2022.
Here is what Treash has to say about Edwards and Henning being breakout candidates:
Edwards was the Michigan Wolverines’ second-highest-ranked recruit in 2021 after quarterback J.J. McCarthy. The running back first emerged onto the scene in Week 12’s win at Maryland, when he caught 10 targets for 170 yards and a touchdown out of the backfield en route to a 92.0 receiving grade. Edwards finished with 3.79 yards per route run and a 74.3 receiving grade on 70 routes for the season.
There are several breakout candidates on this year’s talented Michigan Wolverines team, but Henning is among the best, as the 2020 fringe top-100 recruit has the skill set to be an elite, dynamic weapon for the Blue. Henning showed flashes on end-arounds and sweeps last season, taking nine end-arounds/reverses for 162 yards and two touchdowns in addition to three sweeps for 39 yards. He also took a trick kick return to the house and averaged 9.4 yards per punt return across 29 such attempts. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound weapon is a slippery athlete and is a threat to convert a big gain anytime the ball is in his hands. Head coach Jim Harbaugh actually said during the spring that they envision a Deebo Samuel-esque role for Henning in 2022, including reps at running back. Henning is a pure gadget player until he can expand on his route tree, but either way, he’s destined to be a valuable weapon for Michigan’s offense in 2022.
Though I also think there are a couple of players on the Michigan defense that should be considered for this list, I 100% agree with Treash that Donovan Edwards and A.J. Henning are poised to have ‘breakout seasons’ for the Wolverines.
Nation, which Michigan players would you tab as being poised to have a ‘breakout season’ in 2022?