Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary has been busy spending this offseason working on his leadership skills.
With the amount of senior leadership that has departed the team, Gary has almost been forced into the limelight as he is one of the very few remaining defensive lineman that has had in-game experience from a year ago. For some, it's difficult to jump right into a leadership role. Gary knows that.
However, after being challenged, Gary is embracing it and working on becoming more vocal.
"Day by day that's something I work on," Gary said. "That started when I went to workouts, Coach Matty challenged me, Taco [Charlton] challenged me, [Chris] Wormley challenged me to be a leader. That's what I'm trying to do every day, starting with winter workouts. If I talk two times one day, I'm going to come back the next day and talk five times just to encourage people. That's what I've been building on. That's something I've been building into. In high school, I was a little bit of [a vocal leader] but not really. Coming into college, a different environment, now I'm used to it and I'm comfortable. Now I'm able to do some things like that, I'm just growing into it."
Gary has mentioned multiple times that his second season in Ann Arbor is already significantly different than his first. Not only is he working on his leadership skills, he is also trying to refine his skills on the football field.
He is extremely pleased with the progress he has made so far this spring.
"This spring ball I took big leaps," Gary said. "I'm just ready to keep on going and keep on flowing. I'm a completely different player than what I was freshman year and I feel it. I'm happy and I want to keep on working because I feel it."