Guess it is Austin Hatch day today. In depth story over at mlive detailing the relationship between coach and player! Awesome-ness.
In a coma, Hatch wasn't cognizant for Beilein's first visit. But Beilein's second trip is one he says Hatch will never forget. "He came to visit me in (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), before I really knew how to walk -- before I re-learned how to walk," Hatch recalled Tuesday inside the William Davidson Player Development Center. "You talk about a man of loyalty, coach Beilein is the most loyal man I know."
Hatch and Beilein's next goal is to eventually get him to the point where he's fully able to participate with the team in practice without any limitations. Hatch will travel to Italy later this week for the Wolverines' 10-day, four-game exhibition trip overseas -- and while Hatch isn't full-go just yet, Beilein didn't rule out the possibility of him appearing in a game at some point.
His development in the weight room continues as well. Before the plane crash in 2011, the 6-foot-6 Hatch weighed about 215 pounds. When he woke up from his coma, he had dropped to 160. Working with Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson, Hatch is now listed on the team's official roster at his old weight, 215.and
"(He brings) a lot of maturity and integrity. We get all the love in the world from that guy," fellow freshman Aubrey Dawkins said. "He just makes things better. He makes you feel better. He knows how to push you, how to make you better. "He's the perfect teammate."