Wormley, who was named an All-Big Ten third teamer (coaches) as a fourth-year junior defensive end in2015, says he’s been playing inside at defensive tackle this fall camp in an effort make him versatile once the season starts against Hawaii on Sept. 3.
“I’ve played a nine-tech, I’ve played in front of the center, so I’ve played all up and down (the D-line) this camp,” said Wormley, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 302-pounds. “Depending on what packages coach (Don) Brown has us in, depending on who is out for a practice or not, just if coach (Greg) Mattison wants me to get a few different reps at the tackle or the nose or wherever he wants me to be -- I can play all positions.”
That’s pretty good, considering Wormley finished with a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss including 6.5 sacks a season ago.
But why make the move to inside? Well, Wormley says the added experience in the middle of the line can only boost his marketability for his potential professional career post graduation.
“I definitely think hopefully at the next level I will be able to show scouts, and head coaches and G.M.’s and stuff like that, that I can not only play the outside but play the inside and be pretty versatile at both positions,” he said.
Wormley said there was no conversation specifically with U-M’s coaches on making the move inside to bolster his NFL draft status, it’s just a mater of benefiting the team at that specific moment, he says.
“Not necessarily a conversation, I think since I’ve been here I have played inside or outside depending on what type of players we have each year,” Wormley said. “I know personally it’s going to benefit me hopefully in the eyes of scouts and G.M.’s and stuff like that.”