The Michigan Wolverines are well known for having one of the best offensive line traditions in all of football, and Ryan Hayes is the next potential NFL star to play his college football in Ann Arbor.
Hayes, who played tight end in high school before bulking up and becoming one of the Big Ten’s best offensive linemen, is a projected first round NFL Draft pick who may go in the top 15 picks overall in next year’s draft.
Unfortunately for Michigan fans, Hayes was in street clothes prior to the start of today’s season opener vs. Colorado State at the Big House.
— umich.headline (@umichheadline) September 3, 2022
His replacement Barnhardt is a super sub who is capable of playing various positions across the offensive line ranging from guard to right tackle to left tackle.
Trente Jones is expected to start at the other tackle position for the Wolverines.
A few years back, former Michigan offensive lineman and current NFL player Jon Runyan was in street clothes, leading to Hayes getting his first opportunity to start.
Perhaps Barnhardt will take the opportunity and run with it this week.
We shall see.
A few years back, Runyan was in street clothes that gave Hayes his 1st start. Runyan was back following week, hopeful this is similar.
— Alan Reifler (@amreifler) September 3, 2022