Competing with sophomore Joey Burzynski and freshman Kyle Kalis for the starting left guard position in fall camp, Mealer separated himself from the pack with consistent play that even the bearded Wolverine can't describe.
"For whatever reason I've been playing my best football, which I like to think goes along with starting," said Mealer. "I feel like I'm playing quicker, playing better, maybe more focused even though I don't like to admit that."
Praised by head coach Brady Hoke earlier in the week as having one of the best camps he's seen from an offensive linemen, Mealer inhales the compliment with pride but is aware of the need to keep improving.
"It's a tremendous compliment and coming from Coach Hoke who's a linemen guy himself," said Mealer. "I'm honored to have him say that about me. For me, as a player, especially my experiences here at Michigan, I've got to continue to get better. You never know what's going to happen. For me it's a tremendous honor and compliment that he said that, but I guess I try to not think about that and just think about the things that I've been doing, and about steadily improving."
It was in a private conversation with Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk that the soft-spoken senior was informed of the news.
"He sat me down and told me you've earned this position, you've had a great camp and we're excited about you," said Mealer.
"Its exciting," Mealer continued. "I feel like I've earned it, but at the same time I've got to continue to earn it. There's still lots of competition on the offensive line and there's always going to be for the rest of the season."
With the season ready to kickoff and Alabama just two days away, Mealer couldn't be happier with the situation and the challenge that will appear in front of him Saturday night.
"Part of it is definitely a dream come true for me," said Mealer. "It's an amazing opportunity to play for the University of Michigan. And the other part of it, I would say, hasn't really sunk in for me. I've got to get to the game, I've got to start—and not only start but perform to the expectations that we have for the position."
If Mealer can have a strong senior season similar to the seniors from team 132 it would go a long way for a Michigan offensive line that is hampered by little depth.
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