Chris Wormley goes from ‘Michigan Harbaugh’ to ‘Ravens Harbaugh,’ softball earns No. 2 Big Ten seed, and more
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It is Monday, May 8, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…
The hoopla of the NFL draft is one week in the rear-view mirror; the reality of being part of a professional organization began last weekend as teams began holding rookie mini-camps.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) May 5, 2017
The fact that Jim Harbaugh began tailoring Michigan’s practices to be more in the style of how NFL teams operate is one advantage former Michigan players had in their new surroundings. Former Michigan DE Chris Wormley will have even more familiarity with his new team, the Baltimore Ravens. His new head coach is John Harbaugh, the older brother of the Michigan coach.
“There are a lot of similarities I see on the defensive side of the ball. We work hard,” Wormley told reporters during the mini-camp. “The first day here was an hour-and-a-half, which was a little shorter than our four-hour practices with coach Harbaugh at Michigan, but it felt good to be back, and I could see a lot of similarities.”
Wormley’s position coach at Michigan, Greg Mattison, was the linebackers coach for John Harbaugh in his first season at Baltimore in 2008, and then was the defensive coordinator the next two seasons before joining Brady Hoke’s staff at Michigan in the same capacity. Jim Harbaugh retained Mattison on the staff when he was hired.
All of that familiarity is good for Wormley, but he will have to figure out how to differentiate the two brothers when speaking about them.
“Maybe ‘Ravens Harbaugh’ and ‘Michigan Harbaugh?’ I don’t know,” Wormley said while laughing. “I’ll have to ask them what they think, so there is no disrespect there. We have to figure something out.”
The Ravens were one of 12 teams to hold rookie mini-last past weekend. The other 20 teams will hold their mini-camps next weekend.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) May 7, 2017
Softball wraps up No. 2 seed
The No. 19 Wolverines softball team swept a three-game series at Rutgers, including a 20-0, five-inning combined no-hitter by pitchers Megan Betsa and Tera Blanco on Sunday, to finish the regular season in second place in the Big Ten behind Minnesota. Betsa started and earned the win, the 100th of her career. She is the fourth pitcher in program history to reach that mark.
Friday’s opener was rained out but Michigan swept a doubleheader on Saturday and will carry a nine-game winning streak into next weekend’s Big Ten Tournament, which it will host at Alumni Field. Michigan (41-10-1 overall, 20-3 Big Ten) will play its first game on Friday. The official schedule will be announced Monday.
— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) May 7, 2017
Baseball takes two of three from Ohio State
Michigan dropped a 4-2 decision to Ohio State Sunday at Ray Fisher Stadium keeping the No. 17-ranked Wolverines from sweeping the three-game series. Michigan pitchers struck out 40 batters over the weekend, including 15 in the finale.
The Wolverines won 6-0 on Friday and 5-2 on Saturday. They are now 35-11 overall on the season and 11-7 in the Big Ten.
The atmosphere at Ray Fisher Stadium this weekend was incredible.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support us! pic.twitter.com/lFqI2aaC11
— Michigan Baseball (@umichbaseball) May 8, 2017
We’ve told you about how several members of the Michigan football team were adding to their Rome experience by participating in study-abroad programs through the university. They’re not the only Michigan athletes who are taking classes overseas.
Basketball guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman is in Barcelona.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) May 7, 2017