ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In a week when the Michigan football team prepares to play Air Force, there have been a couple more noteworthy happenings.
Michigan’s 12 players from Florida kept track of their family and friends as Hurricane Irma pushed through the state.
On Tuesday, Amazon Prime announced it will document Michigan’s 2017 football season, and the series is slated to run in January of 2018.
Oh, yes, and Air Force — Michigan faces the Falcons for the first time in five years, and game plans for a program that wields a unique triple-option, flexbone offense.
Here’s what a handful of Michigan’s players said Tuesday about an already eventful week in Ann Arbor.
On Amazon making the season into a series
Henry Poggi, FB
“I found out before camp. They’re following other guys around. They don’t want to see me in class.
“It’s good for the program, so everyone can see what the inner workings of Michigan football are. I’m sure everyone’s going to be very excited about that.”
Ben Bredeson, OL
“It’s cool to have Amazon walking around, and it’s going to help me answer a lot questions from mom and dad, who always want to know what’s going on every day. Just tell them to watch, and it’ll be good.”
Tarik Black, WR
“I think it’s a pretty cool thing that we’re doing. When I was a little kid, I used to watch shows like this, and now I’m going to be part of one. I’m embracing it. It’s pretty fun.”
On if it will affect recruiting: “Maybe. Maybe. For some kids, maybe it will. For others, it wouldn’t really mean anything.”
On Air Force and its triple option offense predicated on misdirection
Josh Metellus, S
“The triple option, there’s a lot of deceiving plays, people going one way and the ball going completely the other way. But it doesn’t really affect us in the back end, much. All we’ve got to do is run to the ball and makes sure we play our keys, like any other week.”
Devin Bush, LB
“They’re not going to pass the ball too many times. If they do, we’ve got something for them.”
On Hurricane Irma, and how Michigan’s players handled being away from home when it hit
Bush, who is from Pembroke Pines, Fla.:
“I talked to some of my cousins, my brothers back home. They’re doing good right now. Everything is clearing up.
“I’ve been in a hurricane, personally, but I just prayed. I prayed my family stayed safe. I just prayed. I knew God was on my side. Everything’s fine.”
Metellus, who is also from Pembroke Pines:
“We lost power, but I think we gained back power today. I talked to my mom every other day, she can’t charge her phone. She had to charge her phone in her car but there was too much wind and rain for her to go outside and charge it in the car. I talked to her this morning. And my little brother, he plays for Miami Central and they’re stuck in Las Vegas because they played Bishop Gorman last week. She’s been telling me to check up on him. But my family’s doing good.”