ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The reviews are in, and so far freshman lineman Michael Onwenu is passing the test.
The former four-star standout out of Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, has earned high praise from Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his fellow offensive and defensive lineman for his play on both sides of the ball.
Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow is latest to chime in on Onwenu’s play during this year's fall camp.
“He’s a mountain of a man, he’s a big guy,” Glasgow said of Onwenu. “When he was playing defense and giving us looks as an offensive guard as an individual, you’re just like ‘this kid is huge.’”
Onwenu, who is listed as an offensive lineman on U-M’s team web site, has adjusted to college game rapidly, said Glasgow, noting Onwenu’s stellar play on both sides of the ball.
“He picks up on everything really quickly,” Glasgow said. “He can play offensive and defensive line both as a true freshman, and you’re through depending on the day whichever side of the ball you want to play – that’s pretty impressive.”
Onwenu, who is listed at 6-foot-3, 350-pounds, after a recent weigh in is now at 375-pounds, said Glasgow.
“So, I think that’s the heaviest on the team by about 50-pounds,” Glasgow said. “That’s a pretty wide margin on a college football team.”
But make no mistake, Onwenu's weight hasn't hindered his play on the field, said Glasgow.
“He moves extremely well for a guy who is the biggest guy on our team,” Glasgow said.
Michigan opens up its season with Hawaii on Sept. 3.
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