ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Helmet stickers are one thing, but baked goods are a completely different and more satisfying reward for Michigan’s defensive line.
In addition to maize-and-blue decals affixed to their headgear after every game, the Wolverines are also rewarded with food. The wife of defensive line coach Greg Mattison bakes dozens and dozens of chocolate chip cookies for Michigan’s defensive line.
“Coach Mattison’s wife gives us cookies for sacks, tackles for losses, and there’s a new one for highest percentage and Ryan (Glasgow) has gotten it probably four, five, probably six weeks,” defensive lineman Chris Wormley said.
“So, we’re fighting for that one now. It might not be the most productive, but when you have 30 pluses and one minus, it’s pretty productive.”
Mattison isn’t the first coach to reward his players with snacks. When Ed Orgeron was USC’s interim coach in 2013, he brought back cookies and baked goods to the Trojans’ training table.
“You feed a lineman a cookie, he’s happy,” Orgeron told the Los Angeles Times.
At Michigan, Wormley — who has 19 tackles and 4 sacks this season — said the most cookies he’s gotten are three bags. With about a dozen cookies to each bag, Wormley tries to share the wealth solely with his fellow defensive linemen.
Greg Mattison's wife makes cookies for DL players for sacks etc. Wormley said they love it — cause rest of team doesn't get them. Lol
— angelique (@chengelis) October 18, 2016
Paging Cookie Monster …
Michigan’s defensive line might have a new theme song for the second half of the season.