Who are college football’s breakout players for 2017?
Sports Illustrated‘s Colin Becht named his breakout players to watch for this season, and there is a Michigan player on the list: defensive lineman Rashan Gary.
The top-rated recruit in the 2016 class, Gary contributed in his first year with the Wolverines. He compiled 27 tackles (five for loss), one sack and seven quarterback hurries in 13 games.
Despite the hype of being the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2016, Rashan Gary had to take a backseat at Michigan last season behind an experienced, disruptive defensive line. Now, with the playbook down and the depth chart wide open, he’s ready to shine. “Some guys wait for their rightful turn and some guys earn their rightful turn,” defensive coordinator Don Brown said. “[Gary’s] kind of earned it.” That has been clear throughout the spring in both drills and in the Wolverines’ spring game, where he showed Michigan might not suffer much of a dropoff from last year’s pass rush, which ranked fourth in the nation with 3.54 sacks per game.
After a solid freshman campaign, Michigan fans have to be very, very excited when they consider what Gary could do over the next two seasons.
We say two seasons because we firmly expect Gary will be a part of the 2019 NFL Draft as an underclassman.
[ SI.com ]