Michigan OL transfer Chuck Filiaga commits to Minnesota

Jan. 13, 2021: It was announced Wednesday, Jan. 12, that veteran Michigan offensive lineman Chuck Filiaga would be transferring to the University of Minnesota.

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Who is Chuck Filiaga?:

After redshirting as a true freshman, he appeared in nine games the following season and 12 as a redshirt sophomore. As a junior in 2020, his role grew, starting in all six games at left guard. In 2021, he started three games at right guard and one at left, before taking a reserve role to end the season. The Wolverines’ offensive line was given the 2021 Joe Moore Award, awarded to the top offensive line in college football. Filiaga was able to learn from the best.
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Listed a 6-foot-6, 330+ pounds, Filiaga is a big interior offensive lineman. With the size of a tackle, he looks most comfortable inside playing guard. His strength is definitely in run blocking as a physically imposing road-grader, but he has shown the ability to be an effective pass blocker as well. There is a reason why he started 11 career games for Michigan, and he should have every chance to top that total in 2022 with the Gophers.

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Instant Reaction:

The Gophers’ offensive line was viewed as one of the biggest question marks heading into this offseason. With the possibility of all five starters leaving for the NFL it looked grim. Fast forward to now, John Michael Schmitz has announced his return, Quinn Carroll has joined the team, and now Filiaga has added more depth to the unit. I believe the addition of Carroll answered the question mark, while the addition of Filiaga gives the offensive line a chance to replicate the success they had in 2021. Offensive line coach Brian Callahan has proven to be a terrific developer of talent, and he now has at least three players with NFL talent.

As for adding a sixth player from the transfer portal, it is great to see this program being active in that area. I think any college program that does not accept the transfer portal will be left behind. Like it or not, it is a major part of the game and it will be for a long time. The Gophers have done a terrific job so far, and I don’t think they’re done yet.

What is next?:

With Filiaga’s talent and experience, I would be shocked if he does not start at one of the guard positions next season. Axel Ruschemeyer has not officially announced his plans to return for a sixth season, but if he does, I believe that the starting five might be locked up. Quinn Carroll is reportedly recovering from an injury, but he should be more than ready by fall camp. I think they have eight starting-caliber players, so depth should not be an issue if someone were to go down. In 2022 I fully expect this team to lean heavily on what should once again be the strength of the roster.

Potential Lineup:

LT: Aireontae Ersery (3rd)

LG: Axel Ruschmeyer (6th year)

C: John Michael Schmitz (6th year)

RG: Chuck Filiaga (6th year)

RT: Quinn Caroll (3rd year)


  • J.J. Guedet (4th year)
  • Nathan Boe (5th year)
  • K. Shaw (5th year)

As for, more additions from the transfer portal, I could see linebacker be a position of need, another defensive back, or even another defensive lineman. I would guess that they’re far from being finished building this roster for next season.

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