Michigan sophomore Grant Newsome understands the objective this season, earn and embrace a huge role at left tackle for the Wolverines.

Michigan sophomore Grant Newsome understands the objective this season, earn and embrace a huge role at left tackle for the Wolverines.

Grant Newsome looks ready.


Whether or not the Michigan sophomore is able to be a stalwart at left tackle for the Wolverines remains to be seen, but now at 6-foot-7, 318-pounds, strength won't be the problem.

"Kevin Tolbert's done a nice job with him and his staff in the weight room," Michigan offensive line coach Tim Drevno said. "He's really put on a lot of weight and he's over 300-pounds. 

"He's done a nice job all summer with workouts, you can see the maturity level in his eyes. He's done everything we've asked him to do and is ready to tackle that position."

Arriving in Ann Arbor, Newsome's potential down the road appeared to be greater than his potential to see the field as a true freshman. 

But Newsome proved the old adage that true freshman don't play on the offensive line certainly didn't apply to him.

"The biggest thing this year is I just feel a lot more comfortable," Newsome said. "Knowing the playbook and having a season under my belt, knowing what to expect. 

"It's a lot different mindset than I did last year, competing for a spot, when I just wanted to get in the rotation."

Now in fall camp and with a great chance to lock down the left tackle position, Newsome is eyeing even more.

"This year it's more of, I've seen the faith the coaches have in me and the opportunity I have so it's about taking that opportunity and maximizing it," Newsome said.

A great benefit for Newsome is the luxury of having two teammates already on the offensive line with significant experience at both tackle positions.

In Erik Magnuson and Mason Cole, Newsome stuck pretty close to the veterans this off-season.

"I talk to Mags a lot because he's the other tackle, All-Big Ten tackle," Newsome said. "Having him is a great resource. And Mason too, having a guy and being able to learn under a guy that started at your position for two years. 

"To have two guys that played tackle on your offensive line still, is huge."


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