Tim Rohan of the Michigan Daily provides insight into the changes instituted by Greg Mattison and how offseason optional conditioning and training is proceeding.
The new attitude that's based on raised expectations.
Soon after they arrived, Martin and his defensive linemates were going through their first workout of their winter conditioning and the coaches watched, not saying much.
“We were all going hard, obviously,” Martin said. “(This) was our first impression on the coach.”
After the workout, Mattison pulled Martin aside and warned him: “That was terrible. That was completely terrible. You guys have to do much better.”
“I thought we did pretty good,” Martin thought to himself.
Ever since Hoke and Mattison took over, the expectations are higher around the Michigan football team, and that has carried over into summer workouts.
“I feel like that we didn’t know how a championship team really functioned,” Martin said. “That’s why coach Hoke and coach Mattison and the rest of the staff are so vital and a huge asset, because they know what it takes. They’ve been around teams that have won. They tell us. Before they came in, we thought we were working hard. We weren’t.
“They’ve put the bar way higher.”
Check out the rest of the article. 100% participation rate in offseason optional workouts and 7-on-7s; Denard called the unquestioned leader of the team; Mike Martin and the other seniors showing leadership by demanding and receiving accountability; a new approach to strength training that's resulting in weight and strength gains.
Working out at 6 a.m. may be as uncomfortable as it gets. With the right direction, Michigan’s seniors and Robinson have masterfully orchestrated a successful summer of sweat.
“If you don’t want me knocking on your door, make sure you’re there on time,” Martin said.