ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan football program is regrouping after the bye week to attempt at removing the sour taste in its mouth left by the finish of the Michigan State game two weekends ago.
With only two losses on the season so far, U-M has, fortunately enough for them, has not seen much adversity on the season so far. How the team plays against its upcoming opponent in Minnesota will really show how the team will overcome adversity during the home stretch of the schedule.
For defensive lineman Willie Henry, he believes hard work will aid the Wolverines to finish strong.
"I feel like that because of our work ethic," Henry said. "We work hard. You feel like you do so much on the field and off the field, you work so hard in the offseason and during camp and stuff, you can't help but feel confident going in. I'm not saying we're not humble but at the same time, we have the right to feel confident after we've put in so much hard work in the spring and summer."
The defense, as well as the entire team, will be fueled by the loss to Michigan State. Coming back to practice, Henry said the team wasn't angry at the result. He rather elected to blame the loss on lack of execution by the entire team.
Instead of anger fueling the practices, there was something else that manifested.
"We were hungry," Henry said. "Hungry to correct our mistakes on what we could've lost the game on, whether it was execution-wise. We were hungry to get better, than like angry, mad at ourselves (kind of anger)."