ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan has needed someone to step up at the BUCK position after losing senior Mario Ojemudia for the season with an achilles injury.
Much like the rest of the defense, U-M has plentiful depth across the board. The BUCK position is no different as the next man up is fellow senior Royce Jenkins-Stone, who has filled the role nicely.
Jenkins-Stone himself says there's still work to be done but he is happy enough with his performance so far.
"I feel like I've played good, played up to my potential," Jenkins-Stone said. "I feel like I could've done way better than I did this past week but I'm just ready to get back it. There's always room for improvement."
Despite being a veteran on this roster, Jenkins-Stone playing time throughout his career has been limited considering the linebackers that have played before him. With the new role of BUCK being installed under defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, he feels like he has given a little bit extra this season.
"I'm giving a little extra," Jenkins-Stone said. "Going in the film room and talking with the coaches to ask them what I need to do to get better. What do I need to do to get on the field and help the team? It's always about the team I've never been an 'I' guy and just get after it every practice."
With the new role also comes new responsibilities on defense. Jenkins-Stone has had time to adjust and believes he has been stepping up in Ojemudia's absence. Most importantly, he's having fun in the process.
"I feel like this has been a very fun position," Jenkins-Stone said. "I've been great with it throughout spring ball because Mario Ojemudia was out during spring ball and I had to step it up then. It's been fun playing the BUCK position, been great."