ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Among the hullabaloo popping out of spring ball in Ann Arbor is one notable place swap. And on Tuesday, Michigan soccer head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed it.
The Wolverines have a loaded extensive receiver corps, with Ronnie Bell returning this fall, together with Cornelius Johnson, A.J. Henning, Roman Wilson, Andrel Anthony, and others coming again. However one identify we didn’t point out right here is Mike Sainristil, who actually got here on in 2021 — as a result of he’s attempting his hand at cornerback and at nickel.
Sainristil has that positional flexibility and was listed by recruiting providers as a cornerback when he was beforehand dedicated to Virginia Tech. Harbaugh says that Sainristil is working with the defensive backs in the intervening time, however come the season, he might play on either side of the ball, in addition to retain his function on particular groups.
“He’s proper now, yeah,” Harbaugh stated. “Mike has been enjoying nook and nickel nook for the beginning of the spring ball. Undertaking him as a two-way participant, perhaps a three-way participant.”
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However why make the transfer, particularly after having a robust season in 2021? He was fourth on the group with 22 receptions for 318 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Effectively, briefly, as a result of he has that positional flexibility.
“His skill-set. He’s acquired the skill-set for it,” Harbaugh stated. “He’s acquired the skill-set for receiver, he’s acquired the skill-set for nook, for nickel nook. Ability-set jogs my memory numerous Jimmy Ward and what he had in faculty. Yeah, skill-set.”
However he’s not the one one who’s switching positions this spring.
Additionally popping out of Massachusetts as a recruit, Eamonn Dennis was considered fairly near being a Mike Sainristil clone. Nonetheless, when Dennis arrived in Ann Arbor in 2020, he acquired his begin on protection, the place he stayed within the 2021 season.
However now, Dennis is getting an opportunity to play on offense, Harbaugh says, noting that these are the one two who’ve made wholesale modifications positionally this spring.
“Eamonn Dennis is engaged on offense,” Harbaugh stated. “And I can’t consider anyone else that’s made a direct defense-to-offense change for the spring. There’s another delicate place throughout the offense or throughout the protection that we’re exploring.”
We’ll get a chance to see each in motion on April 2 when Michigan soccer hosts the spring recreation at The Large Home.
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