ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown had high praise for star freshman Rashan Gary at Sunday’s media day, calling his defensive line standout a big good-looking player with leadership qualities, among his many attributes he can bring to U-M.
At 6-foot-5, 287-pounds, Gary also bring with him size and athleticism that normal freshman don’t possess, which is why he was the No. 1 player in the country coming out of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic.
That being said, does Gary have a good chance to see the field early on in his Michigan career? Well, Brown wouldn’t indicate that’s a forgone conclusion -- just yet anyways.
“We’ll have to see,” Brown said. “But he’s got to earn it, like everybody else. But we’re excited about his potential for sure.”
One thing Brown did admit, however, was that Gary might start his career out at defensive end.
“You’ll see him out at end,” Brown said. “We like to put him over those tight ends and see how many of those tight ends enjoy blocking him. So that may be a treat watching that happen.”
Brown admits playing defensive end is tougher, but made it a point that he thinks Gary can do the job.
“I think it’s tougher because there is more jobs,” Brown said of playing defensive end versus playing tackle “You know there is more reactions.”
Brown noted the challenges Gary would face playing defensive end, most notably dealing zone reads and shedding pulling guards. “We’ll get him his work, he’ll be good,” Brown said.null