ANN ARBOR, Mich. – With Taco Charlton and Bryan Mone both out this week against UCF, Michigan loses two of its top lineman.
But no worries, says fifth-year senior Ryan Glasgow, U-M now has the "luxury" of added depth -- speciffically from its freshman -- to sit a player or two when needed, and not lose a step.
“I think with the depth, especially against a team like Hawaii when we’re up by 60 points, you don’t have to play to the final snap, you can take a half off if you’re banged up,” Glasgow said to a group of reporters on Monday.
“I think that’s a luxury we have that a lot of teams can’t say they have.”
Well, by depth, Glasgow is referring to the 17 true freshman that played in Michigan’s 63-3 win against Hawaii on Saturday, where Rashan Gary, Michael Onwenu and Michael Dwumfour all played along its defensive front.
“I think when you go through a coach Harbaugh led football camp in the summer you’re more prepared for the football season,” Glasgow said. “I think that definitely showed up on Saturday with the freshman stepping in and doing a great job for the most part across the board.”
Glasgow, who finished with two tackle in the win, admits he’s impressed so far with how the freshman have handled the early playing time.
“It was a little weird knowing that if I was a true freshman if I went out there I would be a deer in headlights, they handled it pretty well I thought,” Glasgow said. “Especially ‘Big’ Mike (Onwenu), he impresses me yet again. The kid played both ways in his first game in the Big House, so that’s pretty impressive.”
Why is Onwenu so impressive?
“(His) weight, how he moves, just everything,” Glasgow said. “His technique is pretty good for a true freshman. His tenacity, I don’t know if you saw his defensive snap, he rocketed off the ball, he got hit on the hip a little bit, fell down, but knocked his guy back like three yards. He’s got it all working for him.”
No. 5 Michigan (1-0) plays host to UCF (1-0) this Saturday at noon ET.