ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Less than a week after fighting an illness, and less than three days after Michigan’s 32-23 win at Michigan State, Michigan center Mason Cole looked spry as he spoke Tuesday night with the media.
Being named Michigan’s offensive lineman of the week may have helped speed the recovery process.
“It really wasn’t that big of a deal. There’s not much that can take you away from playing in that kind of environment,” Cole said. “You’ve got to go out there and perform and in that rivalry game, you’ve just got to go out and do what you do. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t as bad as people made it sound.”
Cole and Michigan tight end Jake Butt were both sick last week. Butt said he had strep throat, but Cole did not disclose the nature or severity of his illness.
“That’s between me and the doctors, but just something I’m going through, and the seasons changing a little bit,” he said. “I was a little sick but I made it work and made it happen. I missed a little bit of practice physically, but mentally I was there all week.”
Cole followed a remedy that he said “is the same thing your mom tells you to do.”
“Rest up, drink water, hydrate, eat well and let it take its course,” Cole said. “Take your medicine and you’ll be fine. I feel good. Healthy.”
Cole’s remedies were much different than Harbaugh’s, ah, homeopathic treatments for illnesses.
“We had some sickly youngsters last week,” Harbaugh said Monday. “We’ve got to build some immune systems. More push-ups. More whole milk. Jake and Mason were two of the most sickly during the week, but they both responded.
“I’ve always said this, too, but experienced playing some of my best games with a temperature. There’s something that makes you focus more during a game. Mason was our offensive lineman of the week. Thought he had the best performance of our offensive line. Jake Butt came through with some big catches and tremendous blocking, so yeah. More hand sanitizer and more push-ups and whole milk on tap for this week.”