ANN ARBOR, Mich.–The Michigan Wolverines hosted their annual media event this past Thursday at the Junge Family Champions Center adjacent to Michigan Stadium. It was almost like a continuation of coach Jim Harbaugh’s introduction–it was even held in the same place.
As expected, Harbaugh answered questions about his hype, his players and his goals. He also fielded questions about milk and homework from five curious members of the Kids Go Blue Club. He took his time, gave lots of answers and even offered advice.
And then, somewhere in there, he said that the Wolverines were going into “submarine mode” and wouldn’t be resurfacing for roughly two weeks.
One down, one to go.
There were others who talked, though– a few others who provided a few details prior to fall camp. Check out the interviews below show by JJ Sports Video of Monroe, Mich.
D-line coach Greg Mattison
On media day, the Wolverines’ D-line coach sat down for a few minutes to discuss the construction, progress and potential of his front four. During the past two years, Michigan has had a top-15-ranked total defense, and a lot of that success has been due to Mattison, who was the team’s defensive coordinator from 2011-14 before making way for former Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin.
Mattison and Durkin are actually great friends and have a great deal of respect for one another–they go back more than a decade. Read more about Mattison, and his bond with Durkin, in this feature.
DL Taco Charlton
The 6’6″, 273-pound junior was enthused during media day. Charlton, one of Michigan’s top D-linemen, could end playing an important role this season–he’s ready for whatever comes his way, as evidenced by this interview in the Wolverines’ locker room.
QB Wilton Speight
The 6’6″, 234-pounder feels like he’s in great position to make a charge at one of the top spots. However, in order to do that, he’ll have to leapfrog Morris and/or Rudock during camp. Considering he’s never played a live-action down, that could be a very steep climb.
On Wednesday evening, the Sports in the Mitten podcast discussed the topic of “who’s going to win this race?” with Michigan beat writer Nick Baumgardner of the MLive Media Group.
— Sports in the Mitten (@SITMBigAndKid) August 12, 2015
ATH/DB Jabrill Peppers
The redshirt freshman gets hyped up while talking about football. If there’s anyone ready to play, it’s certainly the 6’1,” 205-pound defensive back out of New Jersey. Although he’s anxious to prove himself, he’s also learned more about being part of the bigger picture. His maturity shone through his standard boisterous exterior.
He’s still “Breezy,” though. And he’s ready to finally get the show on the road.
QB Shane Morris
Speaking of maturity, Shane Morris has also displayed a bit of growth, both mentally and physically. At 6’3″ and 209 pounds, the junior appears to be in prime football shape. He’s already touted for having a strong arm, and he says it’s time for him to go out and claim the No. 1 job.
TE Jake Butt
The 6’6,” 248-pound tight end says he came to Michigan to win rings and championships. Banners and trophies will also suffice. Now fully healthy for the first time in a long time, Butt–just like the rest of the team–is ready to rebound from this past fall’s disastrous 5-7 season. Anxious to go to work with his fellow tight ends, Butt said the group will have a new look following a couple of changes and additions made this past summer.
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