Mike Sherels talks about his brother Marcus

Mike Sherels, a 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker from Rochester (MN) John Marshall, is a team captain this season. The former walk-on was the team's most outstanding defensive player last year. Sherels is proud of his own play, but is just as happy to see his brother Marcus is second on the depth chart at wide receiver. Sherels talks about his brother and a call he hopes to never receive again.

Mike Sherels established career highs in tackles (104), pass breakups (6) and interceptions (3) last season and he led the team in tackles. He earned the Carl Keller Award for the team's most outstanding defensive player and the Paul Geil Award for total unselfishness and most concern about the University of Minnesota.

However, he is equally proud of his younger brother, Marcus, a fellow former walk-on from John Marshall. Mike said that he is proud that Marcus Sherels is second on the team's depth chart at wide receiver.

"It is really neat, but it is really more of a credit to him than it is being fun or neat to me. He has really worked his tail off. He has really worked hard. He's improved on the things that he needs to improve on. It's finally paying off for him," Mike said.

Mike admits that he sometimes checks on his brother's progress while on the practice field.

"I usually don't have to walk over to the other side of the field," he said. "He is usually in back in my back yard, catching balls over our heads. It is kind of hard for me sometimes in practice, if I see him make a play, not to pull back for a second and be happy for him. I have to get on the defensive back or linebacker for missing their assignments. But at the same time it is good for him, because he is my brother."

Mike said that there has been some hits and nearly collisions between the brothers, including one that prompted a telephone call.

"Interesting thing last year, he came across the middle and I hurt him," Mike said. "We ran into each other and I hit him on a deep dig pattern. I hit him and it knocked him out for about three days. That night I got a call from my mom that I don't want to get anymore. If I see him coming across the middle, I kind of steer clear of him. I'd rather get ribbed by my teammates than get that call from my mom."

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