ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sean McKeon has a bone to pick with the Amazon Prime camera crews that embedded with the Michigan football team during the 2017 season.
“I don’t think the tight ends will really get in there, and I have a little beef with Amazon about that,” McKeon, a tight end, said with a sly grin.
All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines, an eight-part series that debuts Friday on Amazon Prime, will feature McKeon and the Wolverines, a retrospective of the program in 2017. Several players haven’t seen the final cut yet, but they’re eager to find out how the 2017 season is documented.
Offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. hopes the documentary helps cast he and his teammates in a certain light, showing that they are more than just football players.
“With college sports, people don’t necessarily look at us as kids,” Runyan said Thursday. “It probably humanizes us a little bit more, not just as players on the field that they scream at when we mess up. But that they notice that we’re still kids at heart. That we’re still developing as young men.”
Safety Josh Metellus plans to binge-watch the series after its online release. Metellus hopes it shows a certain authenticity about the Wolverines.
“It’s really going to show the outside world how we are, as a team,” Metellus said. “It’s not just all in the big house. We’re family, outside of this place.”
A 1 minute, 49-second trailer that Amazon released in March depicts Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh with his family, in-game highlights from the 2017 season, footage from practices and interactions with family members. One clip shows defensive end Rashan Gary speaking with his mother, Jennifer Shepherd, in a restaurant. In that clip, Shepherd attests her love for her son.
“They didn’t really follow me around, but I’m sure Rashan misses it a little bit,” McKeon said, tongue-in-cheek.
Runyan doesn’t miss the constant presence of a camera crew hovering around him, his teammates and the football facility.
“They were around here for almost a year,” Runyan said. “It got kind of annoying, to be honest. Walking around in your face, walking up to every conversation and trying to watch what you say. You never know when there’s a camera around or someone’s mic’ed up in practice.”
But he won’t miss the chance to watch the final cut.
“We’re looking forward to this series, now,” Runyan said.