Hello, readers. I’ll try to do a better job of distributing my “bigger” stories through here on a more regular basis.
Today’s is about Camaron Cheeseman. He is the long snapper for the Michigan football team. He doesn’t play any other position. He just throws the ball backwards between his legs several times a game.
His path to Michigan and how he improved in his role — which could possibly carry him to the NFL — are detailed in my story, which you can read here.
Michigan football long snapper strives to be anonymous — and that’s a good thing
If you’ve watched a Michigan basketball home game in the past decade, you may have wondered about the elderly gentleman sitting courtside, in the first seat next to head coach John Beilein.
I know I did. Turns out, it’s Al Glick, a wildly successful businessman and a proud support of the University of Michigan. I had a great chat with Mr. Glick, 92, at a recent game.
You can read the story at MLive.
Look for Al Glick during tonight’s game against Nebraska (7:00, ESPN). It is Michigan’s final home game of the season, and Charles Matthews will be honored as part of the Senior Night ceremony. From Kentucky to Ann Arbor, it’s been quite the college career for Matthews.
Recently I shared a story I wrote about Michigan basketball assistant coach Luke Yaklich. I followed it up with a story on another assistant, DeAndre Haynes, the youngest coach on John Beilein’s staff. Haynes serves as an older brother figure and the “good cop” on the staff, all while helping to direct Michigan’s offense.
I was in Iowa when Michigan took just its second loss of the season. The Wolverines are learning how to play with a target on their backs.
In the prior game, point guard Zavier Simpson recorded just the sixth triple-double in program history. Here’s a look at how he did it.
Also, a story I wrote after last season’s national championship took first place in the “sports writing” category in the Michigan Press Association’s annual contest, beating out Mitch Albom’s story from the Super Bowl. Here’s the story: “John Beilein, Michigan, and the daunting task of calming a national championship loser“