ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan defensive line when fully healthy last season was a forced to be reckoned with. With one of the major headliners in Chris Wormley returning, he is looking to make that defensive line as good, if not better, as a season ago. Not to mention, it also helps when you have the number one recruit in the nation coming to join the team in the fall.
Despite the success Wormley found last year, there's a lot he still needs to work on. With the U-M coaching staff moving him inside of the defensive line, Wormley now will need time to adjust to his new surroundings.
"I think the biggest thing, especially if I'm playing inside this year, is the pass rush," Wormley said. "Being outside the guys are a little smaller but on the inside they're a little bigger. I think when we work in the offseason with the drills, maybe work on the hips a little more. Maybe different pass rush moves, watching a little more film than I have been in the past. That's something I need to work on and something I need to make a habit of."
Whether the switch to the inside of the defensive line was a permanent move or a depth need move for the spring remains to be seen. Wormley does know that once the cavalry arrives in the fall, especially one Rashan Gary coming, things will get interesting.
"I think it's going to be interesting when the new guys come in like (Rashan) Gary to see where Coach (Mattison) wants them to play," Wormley said. "I was hesitant at first to play inside when Coach Matty threw me in a couple of weeks ago. I've been playing well there and I'm liking it so it doesn't really matter, as long as I'm playing."
Gary spent his high school spring game on U-M's campus learning the playbook and being around the team a little more. With him returning for the spring game on Friday, Wormley noticed that Gary still needs to familiarize himself with the rest of the players.
Something, of course, comes with time and is expected for a freshman.
"I think he's a little tentative," Wormley said. "Like any freshman coming in and not being around people like him that he's used to being around, I think he'll fit in great with us. He's a good kid, he stays humble for the most part and I'm excited to see what he can do for us."null