As camp gets into full swing, there are many players that find themselves in various situations. In terms of having the most to lose, a player is in a position where they are not safe in their spot or their role on the team can significantly decrease between now and September 3rd.
RT JJ Denman
As we saw on the updated depth chart, Denman lost his starting job to Zack Heeman. Whether or not this is a motivation tactic by Chris Ash, Denman is not in a safe spot. If he does not significantly up his game, he can go from starting B1G tackle to an afterthought on the offensive line. His poor play in 2015 has caught up to him and he is going to have to prove that he is much better.
RB Josh Hicks
Hicks did not appear on the two-deep, so we know he did not have a good summer. He was expected to split carries with Robert Martin at the very least, maybe even start at running back. Now he could drop from potential starting running back to third-stringer and benchwarmer.
CB Blessuan Austin
Austin is a very good player in a very difficult situation. While he is currently listed as a starter at cornerback, he is being heavily pushed by JUCO-transfer Kobe Marfo and grad-transfer Ross Douglas. Isaiah Wharton has the first cornerback spot locked down so Austin will have to hold off two experienced players to keep his job.
DE Malachi Moore
There is a good chance you have forgotten Moore is on the team. We haven’t heard much about Moore yet and he is not on the two-deep. Kemoko Turay is still at defensive end and if healthy will likely get more time as a pass rusher (no pun intended). If Moore does not have a very strong camp, his grad-transfer will be a failure from an athletic standpoint.