Michigan freshman lineman Michael Onwenu saw time on both sides of the ball Saturday and could be in line for a bigger role this week.

Michigan freshman lineman Michael Onwenu saw time on both sides of the ball Saturday and could be in line for a bigger role this week.

A Michigan true freshman Michael Onwenu didn't make a bunch of headlines for his performance in Saturday's season opening 63-3 win over Hawaii.

Onwenu wasn't credited with a game changing sack or pancake directly leading to a Wolverines touchdown, but the Detroit native made his presence felt on both sides of the ball.

And at 6-foot-3, 350-pounds, it's a big presence.

Rotating in along both the offensive and defensive line against the Rainbow Warriors, Onwenu drew praise from Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh.

"He played well," Harbaugh said. "He played more snaps on offense but he's somebody that played the game, played well and stood out as a very good player in the game."

With multiple injuries along the defensive line including Taco Charlton and Bryan Mone, Harbaugh added "it's possible" Onwenu sees more time on defense this week against Central Florida.

However Onwenu gets onto the field, his versatility is impressing many of his teammates, including sophomore left tackle Grant Newsome.

"I can't imagine doing that," Newsome said. "I can't imagine playing both ways in college. It's a testament to him and how special he is that he's willing to do that."

And as of now, Newsome hasn't heard a peep from Onwenu about the added workload in practice and during games on Saturday's.

"He's just, whatever coach wants me to do, he does," Newsome said.


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