ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It's rare for a true freshman offensive lineman to see playing time fresh out of high school.
Michigan has seen it recently with Mason Cole. However, luckily for them, he had excellent size and had an entire semester to bulk up before fall practices began. For true freshman offensive lineman Grant Newsome, it was a different story.
He had to earn his playing time, just like safety Tyree Kinnel had to earn his.
It all payed off Saturday night when Newsome saw the field, although shortly, for the first snaps of his collegiate career. Those snaps also means that his redshirt is no longer applicable. Something head coach Jim Harbaugh doesn't seem to mind.
"He's physically mature than most, mentally very sharp moreso than most," Harbaugh said. "He's a battler, he's tough. He doesn't take a backseat since he's been here. He gives no quarter, takes no quarter. I like that about him, all those things. I know he's going to be really good and he's ready now, you get better at football by playing football."
The sixth or seventh lineman has been a revolving door this season with many faces filling in that role. For Newsome, it appears that he has earned that right to be named the back-up lineman and doesn't appear to want to relinquish that role any time soon.
"That would be fair," Harbaugh said. "Sixth, seventh right in that mix.
- Harbaugh mentioned that Henry Poggi had pneumonia and was unable to play, expects him to be available this week.
- Harbaugh says Matt Godin is 'working through something' and has not played. Hopes to have him back sooner than later.
- Ty Isaac not being on the depth chart is an 'internal matter' right now according to Harbaugh and would not elaborate further.
- Harbaugh 'can't say enough' about Jehu Chesson and his leadership, says he continues 'to do so many things' on the offensive side of the football.