Saturday was a day of extremes in Ann Arbor. The Michigan defense went from being gashed early by a game Western Michigan offense, to delivering knockout blows on the Broncos quarterback en route to setting records for turnovers returned for touchdowns. The weather, meanwhile, proved to be just as volatile. It went from sweltering temperatures topping 130 degrees on the field, to near monsoon-like conditions in the third quarter. As that bad weather rolled in, the fans filed out. Flint Powers star Danny O'Brien was among those in the crowd, but he saw mother nature’s handwriting on the wall long before many others.
“I was there for the first half and then left,” O’Brien stated. “I actually got to my car before all (the heavy rain and the delay) hit.”
On the day O’Brien managed to get an eyeful of the Wolverines’ revamped defense. He came away impressed with its resiliency.
“The first half they kind of struggled a little bit in the first couple of series, but then they got it together,” he said. “I watched the rest of the game at home. Their defense looked real good in the second half.”
The Michigan defenders should get a stiffer test next week against a more talented Notre Dame team that lost its opener to South Florida. O’Brien plans to also be on hand for that much ballyhooed nighttime match-up.
“I’m not going to miss that,” the talented youngster insisted. “I talked to the coaches about it and they said that it wouldn’t be good to take an official on that day because they wouldn’t get much time with me and the players won’t get out of the locker room until 11:30, so it wouldn’t be a good night for me to hang out with the players. So I’m just coming for the game.”
That indicates that O’Brien’s second visit to Ann Arbor in as many weeks won’t be his last. He has definite plans to officially visit Michigan, and after recently narrowing his list, he now knows his other official visit destinations as well.
With his visit plans still in flux, the Flint Powers standout hasn’t firmed up his previously mentioned option of announcing his collegiate decision during his school’s homecoming. At the moment his sole focus is on helping his team get back on track after falling to Saginaw Nouvel 55-14 in week one and Lansing Catholic Central 37-17 in week two.
“We’re still getting used to a new coaching staff,” O’Brien explained. “We really made a big improvement from the first week to the second game. Even though the result was still off we made a lot of big adjustments to both offense and defense that really helped us on the field. I thought we played pretty good. We just had a couple of bad breaks that really hurt us in the end. We’ll get better.”