Written by: Billyle Alman
Billy was one of seven Freshmen that made up the highly anticipated recruiting class of 2014. The fall of 2014 brought the 2nd ranked Freshman class in the nation (topdrawer.com) to the campus of Ann Arbor. Stevens is now one of only two members of that class still with the varsity side at umich. With the likes of Ahinga Selemani, Evan Louro and Nathan Kohl, not many would have picked Stevens to be the leader of that class, and this program in 2017. Here we are.
Make no mistake, Billy Stevens made an instant impact for this club as a freshman. Stevens will leave Ann Arbor as a 4 year starter in the backline for the Wolverines. As you hear his commanding voice in the stands, you’d have thought he was a captain years ago. He will be one of three to wear the captain’s band this year, but we view Stevens as the alpha. If this team can take the character of it’s most experience captain, we can’t see umich allowing 29 goals against as it did last season. Read more about Billy Stevens at his mgoblue bio here:
Ivo enters the season of 2017 as a constant in the midfield. Daley has looked to Cerda as a secure option in the midfield since his Freshman season in 2015. With only 4 career goals and just 2 assists, we view his role as a box-to-box #6. In our opinion this player deserves more credit for his defensive assignments, and Michigan fans should feel happy to have a center midfielder with 2 year’s starting experience under his belt. Read more about Ivo Cerda at his mgoblue bio here:
We think very highly of Robbie Mertz here at MSN. It has been hard for the staff at umich to find a regular positional identity for this player, but we believe him earning captain honors is very telling in regards him performance in workouts last spring.
The Wolverines need production on the score sheet from players not named Atuahene. Jack Hallahan should be taking a step forward. It’s becoming clear that Osman and Zakyi will garner attention as well, but we are looking at Mertz. Fans have to admire his pace with the ball and in a Big Ten Conferenced stacked with size and physicality, a 5 foot 6 Robbie Mertz found a way in 2016. Until proven wrong, we are fans. Read more about Robbie Mertz at his mgoblue bio here: