On J.T. Floyd’s trip to Ann Arbor there were four coaches on Michigan’s football staff that he wanted to hear from; head Coach Rich Rodriguez, linebackers coach Jay Hopson, defensive backs coach Tony Gibson and strength & conditioning Coach Mike Barwis. Floyd gave GoBlueWolverine his impressions of all four staff members.
Coach Rodriguez- “His nature is laid back. He is the type coach that enjoys his job and makes you want to play for him. He backs up what he says. I give him major props because he enjoys life. He told me the opportunity to play is right there for me.”
Coach Hopson- “He told me he came in and watched enough film of me to play me at safety or corner. Coach Hopson said he will put his best players out on the field. He is an aggressive coach which caters to my style of game. I was told that he would find ways to get me on the football field. I would have two playbooks: one for corner and one for the safety spot. That would be more opportunities for me to get on the field, I loved that because I played both positions in high school.
Coach Gibson- “He is a real honest guy. We have talked before and he is a real good guy. He coached Pacman Jones on the football field who made it to the next level, he has a proven track record. He told me it is up to me to come in and get playing time, and that is all I want -- a fair opportunity to compete for a spot.”
Mike Barwis- “I had heard a lot of good things about him from Donovan already. He told me how he would build up your muscles through drills and demonstrations. We talked about the types of work that I do now. Coach Barwis said how he wants to work on keeping your core strong because it helps with so many of other things in football. For Instance he said when your core is strong it helps with your back pedal, it helps when I am coming out of my breaks with a wide receiver, it helps when I am trying to shed a block, and it helps with my balance. He told me if I came to Michigan those are the things he would have me work on.”
Keep in mind that Floyd still has the Tennessee visit this coming weekend. They are now on the clock.
“I should have an answer a day or two after my Tennessee visit,”
he said. “Hopefully Monday or Tuesday.”