ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It’s never too early for Michigan to start doing some self-evaluation for the fall.
Even as Michigan prepares for its week-long trip to Italy, some players already are considering how they can improve in preparation for preseason camp in August and for the upcoming season. The Wolverines kick off the 2017 season Sept. 2 against Florida in Arlington, Texas.
Michigan’s spring game, held last weekend, was more or less a gauge for progress. In an informal Land of 10 survey following the game, several players evaluated their strengths from the spring practice period, but also revealed their shortcomings.
OL Mason Cole
On the offensive line’s strengths and areas for improvement:
“We ran the ball pretty well today and that’s good to see, the younger guys getting the ball to the line of scrimmage and up to the second level. We’re working on protections a lot this spring. The sky’s not the limit for protection, and we can always get better at it.”
RB Chris Evans
On gaining a better sense of hand-eye coordination:
“Vision. Normally my vision was pretty high but going in I already had moves predetermined. But now, talking to Coach Jay [Harbaugh], I’m going to just let my body go and let my body react.
“That’s just something I’m learning from and moving along.”
DE Rashan Gary
On communication within the defensive line:
“There’s a lot of things that we can build on. There’s a lot of potential for the D-line. We have to improve communication a little bit more, and that’s something that Coach [Greg] Mattison and Mo Hurst and Chase Winovich will make sure we’re going to work on.”
DL Maurice Hurst
On the value of pass rushing and meshing as a unit:
“Being able to get to the quarterback and being destructive. A lot of times we had Wilton [Speight] running around in the pocket and that’s always what you want as a D-line, to disrupt the quarterback. A lot of the long runs, we have to look back on to see where there were holes in the defense, and just shoring those things up. That’s something we need to improve on, making sure everyone gets their fit.
“It can be a little bit different with the groups being all mixed up. People are probably not used to playing with some certain guys. But it’s something we can definitely improve on as a defense.”
QB Brandon Peters
On his reads, and urgency in the huddle:
“The strongest part was my reads. My reads were pretty good all day, except for that interception. That was probably my strongest point. I had good reads.
“My urgency in the huddle [can improve]. Getting to the line fast. That’s probably the biggest thing I need to work on right now. And being louder at the line of scrimmage. That’s something the coaches have been preaching to me, to get better at that, too.”
QB Wilton Speight
On finding a rhythm with a new offensive coordinator:
“Coach Pep [Hamilton] and I have continued to figure out the mesh that we need to have, in terms of offensive coordinator and QB. Obviously, those two mistakes I made out there, I see a little window that probably isn’t doable and I probably trust my arm a little too much. I definitely need to eliminate those [mistakes].”