Predicting if each of Michigan football's 26 true freshmen will redshirt or play right away

Michigan football had No. 8 recruiting class for 2019

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan football team comes into the 2019 season with high expectations, but for coach Jim Harbaugh to win a Big Ten championship in his fifth year, he'll need a handful of freshmen to help fill in gaps left by the NFL draft.

Michigan brought in the No. 8 recruiting class in the country last cycle, and as college football enters its second year with the new redshirt rules, coaches will continue to tinker with how they use true freshmen.

Players can now appear in up to four games without losing a season of eligibility. For example, the Wolverines used true freshman Ben VanSumeren against Western Michigan, SMU, Nebraska and Northwestern last year, but he still has four years of eligibility remaining.

With such a talented group of 2019 recruits coming to Ann Arbor, it's likely many of them will have a similar freshman campaign. A handful of them will play significant roles right off the bat, though.

Here's a look at all 26 true freshman, ordered by recruiting ranking, and how likely they are to redshirt this season.


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