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Four Wolverines selected to ESPN too-early 2024 All-America team

There has been a great deal of fawning over Wolverines rival Ohio State and its offseason. The Buckeyes brought in a bunch of talent to help them get over the Michigan football hump and more.

While the maize and blue have lost a lot of talent coming off a national championship season, a wealth of talent remains — particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

ESPN put together a too-early 2024 preseason All-America team and while the Buckeyes led the way with seven selections, Michigan put four players on the list — three on defense and one on offense.

Here are the players who made the cut as well as those we feel were notable omissions.

TE Colston Loveland (first team)

Photo: Isaiah Hole
Photo: Isaiah Hole

Coming off a stellar sophomore campaign, Loveland has drawn comparisons to Georgia standout Brock Bowers. While that’s a lofty ideal, Loveland is an elite pass catcher who could see his production increase in his junior campaign with Michigan having lost wide receivers Roman Wilson, Cornelius Johnson and tight end AJ Barner.

DT Mason Graham (first team)

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Photo: Isaiah Hole

An absolute beast in the middle, Graham is just scratching the surface of his potential. Perhaps the best defensive tackle in the country in just his second year, Graham could become even more of a beast in Year 3. Paired with Kenneth Grant and Rayshaun Benny in the middle, the Wolverines have a force on the defensive front which should be able to keep Michigan in any game in 2024.

CB Will Johnson (first team)

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Photo: Isaiah Hole

Johnson is among the best of the best, and ESPN even thinks so:

In 2023, Johnson went from being one of the best freshmen in the country to one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He’s poised to be even better next season after earning consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors. Johnson (6-2, 202) has great size for a cornerback and didn’t give up any touchdowns in 321 coverage snaps. He was the defensive MVP in the national championship game.

While there are concerns about the side opposite Johnson, Michigan at least has a lockdown corner on one side to pair with an elite defensive front. The defense should keep the Wolverines in every game even with an offense that has more questions than answers.

S Rod Moore (second team)

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Photo: Isaiah Hole

Moore was listed behind Georgia safety Malachi Starks, but the senior Wolverine hasn’t really gotten his due for just how good he’s been. The former three-star has made timely play after timely play, more so than many of his five-star counterparts on other teams. The Ohio native is starting to get his due, and with another big season, it should pay off in a big way on the road to the NFL.

Notable omissions

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Photo: Isaiah Hole

Considering that much of Michigan’s talent is heading to the NFL, there aren’t a ton of obvious omissions here, but more so players with things to prove. However, we would have liked to have seen defensive tackle Kenneth Grant on the list, to be sure.

Of course, running back Donovan Edwards had a disappointing year compared to expectations. And while Ohio State duo TreVeyon Henderson and Quinshon Judkins were the top two in ESPN’s eyes, considering Michigan has a lot of holes to fill on what’s likely to be a run-heavy offense, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Edwards surpasses them in terms of production this season.

Also, by the end of the year, it would be no surprise to see any of Michigan’s offensive linemen on the list, but considering none of the returners were full-time starters, it makes sense that they wouldn’t make the too-early, preseason cut.

Story originally appeared on Wolverines Wire