In a long grueling season, it’s only natural for an offensive line to lose some focus down the stretch run.
Though, you can get back, says junior Mason Cole, who started all 12 games for U-M at center in 2016.
“I think late in the season you forget those fundamentals that you practiced so much in camp, you’re focused more on game plans and stuff,” said Cole. “So this is a good time to get back to fundamentals. Get back to working on double teams, working on pass protection. Just get back to fundamentals and really clean those up. And that’s what made last year so (good), and hopefully this year too.”
By last year, Cole is referring to U-M’s 41-7 win against Florida in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. This year, however, the Wolverines will face another Sunshine State powerhouse, when the No. 6 Wolverines (10-2) take on No. 11 Florida State (9-3) in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 in Miami, Fla.
And with a renewed focus, says Cole, who is well aware of what win can mean for U-M’s season and its program moving forward.
“I think a win going forward would be huge,” Cole said. “I think we saw that last year beating Florida, just going into your off-season workouts coming off a good season, coming off a high note. Then getting that 11th win, being one of the 11 or 12 teams that have done that here at Michigan. It would be incredible to be part of a group of teams like that.”