Friday morning, Don Brown held a meeting with the players he deemed the leaders of the defense. In a Zoom call with reporters Thursday, the defensive coordinator took care to specify that Brad Hawkins was among them.
“There is a reason to feel some confidence here,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a radio interview recently. “But we also have to measure (people’s) expectations and say life’s going to be different. We’re not going to be filling stadiums in the fall.”
With that in mind, Michigan football seems more than ready to deal with the new reality.
Ambry Thomas wasn’t supposed to be at Detroit King that day, lacing up his cleats for a 7-on-7 scrimmage, feeling the summer heat blistering up from the field. If it weren’t for a call from his coach, Dale Harvel, the night before, he wouldn’t have been.