The sixth annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl is still over a week away, and future Michigan Wolverine Brandon Graham continues to utilize every ounce of time available to get ready. The 6-2, 248-pounder had hooked up with former Maize and Blue fullback Stan Edwards for some one-on-one training, but prior commitments in the former Michigan greats schedule has caused the youngster to temporarily look elsewhere for instruction.
"Stan has been out of town a lot, so I've been working out with Larry Foote's trainer, Darnell," Graham said." I'll hook back up with Stan later."
All of the hard work has left the Detroit Crockett star even more ready for the challenge. The soft spoken linebacker may be shy off of the field, but he has ever doubted his abilities on it. That remains the case even as he prepares to face some of the country's best prep athletes. "I'm looking forward to it," Graham said. "I'm not nervous at all. I think I'll go down there and do my thing."
Graham has always attributed much of what he has accomplished to the love and support of his family. A large contingent of Grahams routinely attended his games to encourage him as he dished out punishment on the field. Unfortunately for the ball carriers on the opposite side of the field, that same cheering section will be present in the Alamo Dome on January 7th. "Everybody is going down," Graham said. "My mom my dad, aunts, grandparents, everybody! That's going to have me even more hyped out there."
Words of support have been frequent from those that can't make the trek to the Lone Star State have been frequent in recent weeks, and Graham doesn't expect that to stop. As a matter of fact, he expects the well-wishers to increase as his departure date of January 1st nears. Even his friends have called up to voice their support. According to Graham, one such friend may be joining him in Ann Arbor next year.
"I've been talking to Aaron Gant," Graham said. "He sounds like [Michigan] is where he's going to go."
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