May 3, 2007

Four Wolverines vying for right tackle job

Plainfield (Ill.) High School coach John Jackson's first question to Michigan redshirt freshman offensive tackle Perry Dorrestein has echoed across the country, wherever Maize and Blue fans can be found - who's the leader to start at right tackle coming out of the spring? Dorrestein didn't have a solid answer for his former coach, and frankly, no one may know at this point …

"From what Perry tells me and from what I've heard, it's pretty tight," Jackson said. "The players don't know if there is a leader, and the coaches haven't told them anything I'm guessing because they don't know themselves."

With two-year starter Rueben Riley departed, four candidates are vying to fill the vacancy at right tackle. Dorrestein, easily the most overlooked of the four after being ranked a three-star prospect and the No. 43 offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com, has impressed. Had an injury not surfaced late in the spring, he might have emerged the Wolverines No. 1 or No. 2 option entering the summer.

"He has a much better understanding of the offense, of the concepts, and when and where he needs to go in their scheme now," Jackson said. "He's got a lot of things he needs to work on, but it wouldn't surprise me if he was a serious contender in the fall because he's one of those kids with an amazing attitude. He always wants to be at practice, always wants to learn something new.

"When I talked to him recently the thing he was most upset about was having to miss a few spring practices. He gets ticked when he can't be out there."

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