ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It'll be the battle of the defenses New Year's Day when Florida and Michigan face-off in the Citrus Bowl.
Both Michigan and Florida both have defenses that saw a lot of success this season, which both equated to the two teams see a dramatic increase in their overall records under first-year head coaches.
For Florida, the defensive line is aggressive and gets to the quarterback. That equals a busy time for the Wolverines offensive line.
"Their front four and three linebackers are really good players," offensive lineman Kyle Kalis said. "Explosive, they move quick. Quick twitch muscle fibers, they move. Smart, explosive, their linebackers hit hard. Their defensive lineman, if you let them, will get penetration. It's nothing we can't handle and haven't handled before, we're looking forward to it. It should be a good game."
This bowl game also sees a familiar face on the opposite sideline as well as Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier returns to face his former team. Kalis is very familiar with Nussmeier and is excited to face him in the next few weeks.
"Yeah, I think maybe a little bit that might help," Kalis said. "We're focusing on the team we have this year. It'll be fun to get down there and see coach Nussmeier again. It should be funny."
Overall, the offensive line progression at certain points throughout the season was strong. A definite sore spot in past seasons, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Tim Drevno has been able to make progress with practically the same unit as last season.
Something Kalis notices and is excited to see grow further into next season.
"We played good this year, I think we played good as a unit," Kalis said. "Overall we all had our really good games, we graded out high for the most part. I'm not sure what our stats were but our sacks (allowed) were pretty good. We ran the ball well with the exception of a few games. I'm happy, I'm happy with how we performed. Ecstatic I got to play under coach Drevno and coach Harbaugh. It's been an awesome experience and I can't wait to see what's next."