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Michigan tight end Colston Loveland has the potential to be an all-time great

Michigan Wolverines football has something special with Colston Loveland.



Michigan tight end Colston Loveland, Colston Loveland, tight end, Grant Newsome
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Michigan Wolverines football has widely become known for its tight end play over the years, thanks to elite players like Jake Butt and Luke Schoonmaker. Now, heading into 2023, Michigan tight end Colston Loveland could be the next man up, as tight end’s coach Grant Newsome joined the ‘In the Trenches Podcast’ with Jon Jansen to discuss what makes Loveland so good.

Michigan tight end Colston Loveland could be special

When it comes to Michigan Wolverines football and coach Jim Harbaugh, it’s no secret how much they love the tight end position. Since coach Harbaugh set foot in Ann Arbor as the head coach, no role has been more crucial to the Wolverines’ offense than tight end.

In 2023, sophomore Colston Loveland will be expected to carry the load. The Michigan Wolverines lost two significant contributors at the position, as Erick All and Luke Schoonmaker each parted ways with the program.

Schoonmaker headed to the NFL and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. All, on the other hand, transferred away from the program, moving to Big Ten rival Iowa.

Still, the Michigan Wolverines’ football coaching staff feels confident in the position heading into 2023. Most of that confidence comes from how good sophomore Colston Loveland is and can still get.

Tight end’s coach Grant Newsome recently joined the ‘In the Trenches Podcast’ with Jon Jansen to discuss his position group. Not only did he seem excited about Loveland’s ability, but his work ethic more than anything.

“He’s on the right track. It’s impressive, and the cool thing for him is, I don’t think he realizes quite yet just how good he is and how good he can be. And that’s great for us because he works every day like he isn’t one of the best tight ends in the country. He works every day like he isn’t one of the most talented guys we’ve ever had come through here. So, there’s no arrogance; there’s no cockiness. He just puts his head down and grinds, and is so humble, so mature about it.”

One of the best Michigan tight ends of all time expects big things out of Loveland

Tight end’s coach Newsome isn’t the only one feeling confident about how good Loveland can be. One of the best tight ends to ever play the position for Michigan Wolverines football was Jake Butt from 2013-2016. In his four seasons with the program, Butt racked up 138 receptions, 1,646 yards, and 11 touchdowns.

Still, even considering how good he was in his time donning the Maize and Blue, he seems even more confident in what Loveland could do. While speaking with Jon Jansen, Grant Newsome shared an interaction he had with Butt following a recent team practice.

“He’s got an immense amount of ability,” Newsome said. “I was joking with Jake Butt, who was the best tight end I’ve ever seen come through here in my nine years here, and he watched a practice. Then afterwards, he and I sat down and talked, and he said, “Yeah, he’s gonna be better than I am. He may already be better than I am.'”

Those are some high praises for a young athlete. Still, according to Newsome, Loveland has the maturity to handle it all. Now, it’s just a matter of waiting and seeing just how good Loveland truly ends up being.

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A recent graduate from Kalamazoo College, Tyler has four years experience in sports writing. He currently works as assistant editor for Blue By Ninety and specializes in a variety of sports such as football, swimming and diving, and basketball.