Wormley: Tolbert Making a Difference

Senior DE Chris Wormely discusses his development under S&C coach Kevin Tolbert and more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nearly three years removed from an ACL tear that cost him his freshman season, Chris Wormley now feels better than ever in the new strength & conditioning program headed by Kevin Tolbert.

Entering his redshirt junior season with Michigan, the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder says he has already physically seen the difference in his body on and off the field.

"I think with coach Tolbert coming in and focusing on our bodies a lot more, rest recovering in the training room a lot," Wormley said. "I'm just getting stronger and faster and I think it's helped out a lot."

It showed in Michigan's spring game on Saturday, Wormley finished with five tackles and a fumble recovery, as he helped lead Blue to a 7-0 victory over Maize.

"With the defense we're going to run this year, it's going to be pretty exciting," Wormley said.

Defensive Line Improved Play

The defensive line as a whole dominated the spring game, holding the combined offensive rushing output to 73 yards on 49 carries, including five sacks.

"From practice one to practice 15 today, it's pretty special what we have going on," Wormley said. "There's going to be three or four guys rotating at each position. With that depth, we're going to fresh through all four quarters each game.

"That's going to be the biggest thing, just everyone that's able to play and contribute to the team."

Freshman Standing Out

One player in particular Wormely says has really stood out throughout fall camp.

"My guy Lawrence Marshall, he was a redshirt freshman coming up though a new defense. And he's blossoming," Wormely said of Marshall. "He had a sack [on Saturday]. He had couple tackles too, as well. It's just exciting just to see that even the younger guys are learning the defense and buying in what coach [D.J.] Durkin and coach [Jim] Harbaugh had been saying to us."

The Spring Game Format

For the first time in a long time, Michigan actually played an intra-squad scrimmage for its game.

"I think everyone enjoyed it," Wormley said. "Players, fans, coaches enjoy the game aspect of it -- four quarters. It brings a little enthusiasm to what we want to do in practice. That's the biggest thing, it's just exciting."

Michigan opens up play at Utah on Sept. 3.

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