"This team we have right now is trying to do it right in every way," Mattsion said. And when a team is trying to do that, whether they're really young and making mistakes cause they're young. But as long as they are showing the effort that they are, there is no reason really to yell at them. We just got to correct them. Our job – when you have a young team you have to be great teacher.
"I have been very pleased. We don't have pads on yet obviously. And a lot of times when the pads come on sometimes some programs slow down. I don't think that's going to happen with this team. This team seems to really, really embrace and bought into we must play as hard as we can on every play and we got to get a 11 bodies to the football. And when you watch practice with no pads on – we're getting 11 bodies to the football. We're getting very, very good effort."
Implementing the Defense
U-M opens up its season Aug. 31 against Central Michigan. While the game is less than four weeks away, Mattison said they has already made significant progress in installing the defensive schemes.
"We put a lot in on the first day," Mattison said. "We'll put in seven or eight defenses. So I would say after three practices we're probably a quarter or third in. …Our goal is to get everything in by the third week. And then we decide by game plan what works best. Your defensive package is setup to be able to play the season, OK. So going into that first ball game you may only have 10 defenses. Where you have put in who knows how many. But then they're on the back burner and they have a chance to work on them and there is going to be great recall when it's time to pulling those out."
An early enrollee, freshman safety Dymonte Thomas has impressed Mattsion early on with his pass rush ability and overall speed.
"The thing that I was really impressed with him is I felt he was going to be a really good blitzer and I felt like he could really run," Mattison said. "And for an incoming freshman he really seemed to wanted to be able to play early. You know, through the ups and downs that attack a guy. And he came out (to) camp continuing to go up."
Jake Ryan's Progress
Redshirt junior linebacker Jake Ryan is currently out with a torn ACL. But despite the injury, Mattison said Ryan has gotten stronger and has been a "coach" in practice.
"Jake Ryan has really gotten stronger," Mattsion said. "Jake by the trainers admission has been running. He does our walk through with us. It's so interesting at one point you didn't know if Jake was going to it right or not. Now Jake is with the group so that he does it and he coaches that position when the other guy is doing it. That's where he has come to in three years."
Taco Charlton is Maturing
"Taco has gotten stronger," Mattison said. "Taco has gotten older. He is more mature now already in one semester of being here. …Taco understand the defenses now. So now if Taco does the techniques right – he now not just worried about running. He now can play the position like he supposed to. Again, it will be very interesting when the pads come on to see how much he has come from being here that last semester."