ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Michigan football team completed its second week of preseason camp, and while practices remain closed, we’ll fill you in on what we’ve learned.
The rundown this week includes the premiere of All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines, an Amazon Prime series that documents 2017 for the football program, the growth of defensive lineman Michael Dwumfour and the offensive line’s new attitude.
Here’s three things we learned about the Wolverines after their second week of spring practices:
Smile for the cameras
Wolverines safety Josh Metellus made big plans for the weekend: binge-watch All or Nothing: Michigan Wolverines. The eight-episode Amazon Prime series chronicles 2017 for the Wolverines, from their visit to Italy to their final game of the season, a loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
“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.”
Amazon Prime debuted the documentary series late Thursday night. Each episode is about 45 minutes. Mark Harmon, the son of former Michigan tailback and Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, narrates the series.
Michael Dwumfour blossoms in spring
Michael Dwumfour could be the next big surprise on the defensive line. Position coach Greg Mattison praised the defensive tackle for his improvements during the offseason, as well as his size and his quickness. Mattison also compared Dwumfour to an NFL draft prospect: Maurice Hurst.
But what also jumps out about Dwumfour is how he has responded to the leadership Michigan’s older defensive linemen provide.
“Rashan [Gary] and Chase [Winovich] and Bryan Mone’s leadership [has] really gotten him to step up,” Mattison said. “He’s always shown flashes, but now all of a sudden he’s getting more mature. Times when he’d play really good, really good, really good, and then all of a sudden try to take a play off or he wasn’t ready to take that next play. He’s not doing that now. He’s pushing himself way past where he usually would, and that’s a real good sign for us.”
Offensive line has a new attitude
The offensive line is growing tougher. They have to, after a season that exposed the position group as the weakest link for the Wolverines. New offensive line coach Ed Warinner has infused energy, but the Wolverines are finding more grit within themselves.
“As an offense, we’ve gotten a little bit of a swagger this spring,” guard Ben Bredeson said. “Everyone’s got a little bit of an attitude, and I think we’ve been playing a lot better than we’ve seen in the past.
“A don’t-back-down attitude from the offense. Just a chip on our shoulder. We weren’t the strongest players on the team last year, and we were definitely very sick of hearing about that. We’re done with that. … We’re sick of being overlooked. We want to put our stamp on games.”