Before even coming to Michigan, Kalis, a redshirt freshman, studied two season’s worth of discs that highlighted Hutchinson when he played guard at Michigan.
On Tuesday, Kalis got some one-on-one coaching from his lineman hero.
“We were doing pass-pro stuff today and Steve actually came up to me and pulled me aside, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is Steve Hutchinson, and he’s talking to me,’ ” Kalis said Tuesday night after practice. “Getting coached up from a guy like that — getting coached up by Coach (Darrell) Funk is great, he’s a great coach, but I get coached by him every day —so getting coaching from Steve Hutchinson one day, it was a great experience to hear from a guy who might be the greatest guard of all time.”
Hutchinson was among the many former Wolverines who were in town for last Saturday night’s game against Notre Dame. Kalis said Hutchinson gave the linemen “pep talks” throughout the game on the sideline.
His on Tuesday was mostly regarding technique. Hutchinson didn’t tell Kalis anything he hadn’t heard and learned from Funk, but sometimes it sinks in coming from a different source.