Kyle Kalis is a 6-foot-5, 298-pound redshirt sophomore from Lakewood, Ohio. (Detroit News / John T. Greilick)
Ann Arbor — Michigan’s starting offensive line is almost set.
The right guard job is still up in the air with the Wolverines just a few days away from the season opener against Appalachian State on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
“That’s the one position we’re still figuring out,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Wednesday at a news conference.
Kyle Kalis, who made nine starts last season, was slowed in the latter part of preseason camp with a back injury. If Michigan opened today, Hoke said Joe Burzynski, who suffered a torn knee ligament last October, would be the starter.
Kalis has been practicing, however.
“They’re both getting first-team reps,” Hoke said. “With Kyle, there’s a concern with the back, (because of) how those things flare up. There’s a little concern. How much do you give him because of that? How much do you work (Kyle) Bosch in? That we’ll know a little better here in the next 48 hours.”
Hoke would not indicate how serious the Kalis injury is but said several times that back problems are tough to track because they can flare up unexpectedly.
“He’s going full-speed now,” he said. “I’m not going to get into specifics, but he’s fine right now.”
Earlier in preseason camp, Hoke said Kalis was the stronger option at right guard.
“He had a really good summer, coming off a good spring,” Hoke said. “Early fall camp stuff, I thought he did a nice job.”
Defensive back Delano Hill, recovering from a broken jaw suffered in summer conditioning, will not play Saturday.
“I think he’ll be ready next week (for Notre Dame),” Hoke said.
Freshman receiver Drake Harris, who missed his senior high school season because of a hamstring problem, has struggled with a hamstring issue this camp. Harris is practicing now but has missed a considerable amount of practice.
“There’s a good chance he’ll be a redshirt this year,” Hoke said.
Hoke said he will meet with the seniors Wednesday and then the leadership council to determine the captains for the Appalachian State game.
… The forecast for Saturday indicates a 50-percent chance of thunderstorms. Hoke said offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has been preparing the team for wet conditions.
“Nuss has done wet-ball drills every week so if we get in those conditions,” Hoke said.