DEARBORN, Mich. — Grant Newsome was forced to watch from the sideline this season as the Michigan offensive tackle rehabbed a knee injury that nearly cost him his right leg in 2016.
Newsome said Sunday night that he’s trying to “get back on the field as soon as possible” and is hopes to be back competing for the left tackle job before the start of preseason camp next summer. He spoke at the National Football Foundation Michigan Chapter’s Detroit Free Press Dream Team banquet at the Dearborn Inn where he received the Pete Schmidt Courage Award.
“I want to play right now, but it’s up to the doctors when I’m ready to go,” Newsome said.
Newsome suffered a dislocated right knee against Wisconsin in 2016 and the injury required him to undergo six surgeries in 40 days. The first surgery lasted six hours and there was fear that his leg would have to be amputated. He spent last season working as an extra coach, breaking down film of opponents and mentoring players while he rehabbed.
“It’s definitely different. I like playing a lot more,” Newsome said, “but it was great to just still be involved. This game is like a drug; you just miss it, so to be able to get around it, get a little taste of it through this rehab process has been great.”
Newsome had a message for the members of the Dream Team, an all-star selection of the best players in the state regardless of school size that included 2018 Michigan commits Jalen Mayfield, Aidan Hutchinson and Ryan Hayes (who could not attend):
“Whatever your role is next year when you go off to college next year or if you’ll be a senior, embrace that role,” Newsome said. “If you try your best at your role, you won’t need to force your coach to put you in a better role. That’s how opportunity arises.”