ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Michigan coaching staff were not afraid to pull redshirts from true freshman if they believed the players were ready.
Three Wolverines saw playing time as true freshman when they started the season with preserved redshirts. Two offensive players in Karan Higdon and Grant Newsome and one on defense in Tyree Kinnel.
For Newsome, he was happy to see playing time early in his playing career and trusts the judgement of his offensive coaching staff.
"Coach Drevno came to me and said 'you know, I think you're ready,'" Newsome said. "He's coached a lot of freshman, he coached three true freshman at USC last year. He said he thought I was ready, he and coach Harbaugh know what they're doing. They've coached in the NFL and coached tons of college guys, they thought I was ready so I definitely had to listen to him. I'm really happy with the decision."
There were no secret formulas Newsome pursued to see the playing field. In fact, he acted more like a sponge during practices. Knowing both head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno have been around the block a few times, he tried soaking in as much knowledge as he could.
"I really just try to take in all the coaching I can from them," Newsome said. "Like I said, coach Harbaugh and coach Drevno, they've just got so much experience there coaching the best players in the world. So really I just tried to take in all the technique and all the coaching I can from them and try to apply that to my game has really helped me to develop."
Newsome is entering next season with a very good chance to see extended minutes throughout the season and could in fact be an opening day starter on the offensive line. However, before he gets too far ahead of himself, a good offseason of preparation is in order to get himself to that point of competing for a starting spot.
"Just get stronger, work hard in the weight room and work harder on conditioning in the offseason," Newsome said. "Keep refining my technique and try to be as ready as I can for spring ball and then go out and compete for a job just like I was this year."
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