Odoms Part of Tight Knit Slot Corps

Michigan's sophomore slot receiver returns after leading the Wolverines in receiving in his inaugural year in the Maize & Blue. During the Wolverines annual Media Day, GoBlueWolverine caught up with him to get his feelings on the slot position, his high school teammates, and the family vibe he feels.

Martavious Odoms is heading into 2009 with some pretty high expectations. After setting his name in the record books as a freshman, fans of the Maize and Blue have quite high expectations for Odoms in his sophomore campaign. Odoms, for his part, is ready to step up to the plate.

"Everything is going good so far," Odoms stated. "Pretty much the same thing, I mean everyone is working hard and trying to do they're best and striving for success."

Striving for success is something that isn't a foreign concept to Odoms, who's high school team, Pahokee, Florida, was a main stay in the state championship games. It's something that he's applied to his 2009 summer.

"I think I did pretty good. Any football player is going to compete, so it's like everyday I was going out and doing my best and trying my best with whatever I could do."

Something that he can do is return kicks. Arguably the most consistent punt returner for the Wolverines in 2008, Odoms is slotted to do it again this year. It's a position he feels very comfortable with.

"I feel comfortable back there, but it's not really a big deal. It's not the crowd or anything, you just have to block it out and do your thing."

He certainly did his thing on November 1st against Purdue when he took a punt to the house in one of the more exciting plays of 2008. It's up there as one of his favorite memories, but there is one game overall that holds the top spot.

"It's probably up there, but the Wisconsin game is my best memory since I've been up here."

Heading down the tunnel with him this year will be two of his good friends and former teammates, Brandin Hawthorne and Vincent Smith. While Odoms presence certainly helped attain the two youngsters, Odoms insists it was their decision entirely, and so far they've stepped up to the plate.

"I think they've adjusted very well and I think they're playing really well. We don't really talk about them coming up here. But it was always up to them to come here, it wasn't my decision. They made their own decision."

When Odoms arrived on campus last year the slot position was so bare, that he barely had a chance to catch a breather in any of the games. This year, he has four other teammates vying for time at the position. While Odoms seemingly will have the upper hand in the competition, he maintains that Roy Roundtree, Terrance Robinson, Kelvin Grady and Jeremy Gallon all have something to prove as well.

"Pretty much they bring the same thing I bring. We go out everyday and work hard and help each other. We're a family. The slots are exactly like a family."

Part of that family feel is how they interact with each other on and off the field, and it's gone a long way to secure one of the most important positions on the field for Rich Rodriguez.

"We gel on the field, we help each other out on plays and that stuff. If I need to go somewhere I can call one of them, if they need anything they can call me and stuff like that."

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