Poggi Talks Making Switch to Offense

Michigan TE Henry Poggi discusses his off-season move to offense.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Henry Poggi wasn’t recruited to play offense at Michigan. In fact, he was a national four-star defensive end recruited out of Baltimore (Md.) Gilman High.

But with little playing time his first two years at U-M, Michigan’s staff asked him to make the switch to offense this off-season. Now, he’s coming off his first start at H-Back in Michigan’s 31-0 win over BYU, and is a regular in U-M’s offensive attack, lining up at both fullback and tight end depending on their offensive formation.

His change to offense, well, has been accepted process, he says.

“I like it a lot,” Poggi said when asked about switching to fullback this off-season. “I think just getting on the field as much as possible, helping the team out however I can, which was the goal when I got here. I pretty much played the exact position in high school too.

“It’s not too much of change for me.”

With only one catch this season, Poggi is looked more as a run/pass blocker in U-M’s offensive scheme. A role he says gives him a reason to bring his “physical” style of play to offensive side of the ball.

“I’ve always thought of myself as a physical player,” Poggi said. “Just bring that over to offensive side of the ball.

Adding: “I think the way we play, we want to bring a lot of physicality,” Poggi said. “The biggest thing is progressing each week, so every practice, every rep being more physical.”

No. 22 Michigan (3-1) next plays at Maryland (2-2) this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

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