The Michigan football team has a heavy senior presence that will be playing its last game in the winged helmet next week as the Wolverines take on Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
For someone like safety Dymonte Thomas, he has experienced some incredible highs and also the lowest of the lows. Riding on a low point after the loss to Ohio State, he hopes himself and the rest of the senior class will leave U-M on a high note with a victory over the Seminoles.
"It's our last time playing in that winged helmet," Thomas said. "The last game we played was against Ohio State and we know we lost so we want to go out of here with a win. We want to go out on top. This will also help coach Harbaugh and the young guys pave the momentum for next year. That's what it's all about, building a foundation for players that come after us. That's what we're ready to do for our young guys and we know that the young guys are ready to send the seniors out with a win."
Who is he referring to when he mentions 'young guys'? Thomas singled out a handful of players that will likely see plenty of action next season.
"Those young guys are going to be ready to play next year," Thomas said. "Khaleke [Hudson], Josh [Metellus], Tyree [Kinnel] and all of them. I joke with Tyree at home and call him 'YV' for young vet, because he's like a young vet back there. The other guys are younger than him. He's done a really good job of communicating, getting the guys lined up. The freshman do a really good job knowing what they're supposed to do. Knowing the checks, the calls. They have an opportunity scrimmage pretty much after every practice and them guys are ready to hit. They're ready to compete and I can't wait to watch and see what they do next year."