Aug 31, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Derrick Green (27) rushes with the ball in third quarter against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Michigan Stadium. Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Practice: Green, Fox pace Michigan weight watchers


 Between the end of the season and beginning of spring practice, Michigan players spend their time with winter conditioning.  

The game plan is to get players ready for the first day of spring practice.

With so many position changes this year, some Wolverines were forced to drop pounds while others were asked to add muscle.

Long relationship

Aaron Wellman, Michigan’s strength and conditioning coach, is beginning his 11th year with head coach Brady Hoke, dating all the way back to the days at Ball State.

There are  three glaring changes among the 2014 Wolverines.

First, redshirt freshman Chris Fox dropped 28 pounds while rehabbing a nasty knee injury suffered during his senior year in high school.

Double torn meniscus

“I (had) a torn ACL and a double torn meniscus on my left knee,” Fox told Josh Newkirk over at  “It was the last game of the season. We were up by big. I was just running down field blocking a kid. I just twisted up on it weird and heard it pop three times. That’s it.”

Power back Derrick Green, who arrived in Ann Arbor last fall at a disappointing 240 lbs., is now a more manageable 227.  On the other side of the spectrum, wide receiver Csont’e York  added 14 pounds to his 6-3 frame.

The chart below illustrates how many of the Wolverines changed their physiques in the off season.

PlayerPositionSpring 2014 Wgt.2013 Wgt.Notes
Chris FoxOG310 (-28)338Back in shape after a previous knee injury
Derrick GreenRB227 (-13)240Arrived in A2 out of shape last fall
Logan Tuley-TillmanOT290 (-10)300In better shape
Keith HeitzmanTE271 (-9)280Moving to TE
Willie Henry3-tech DT/NT297 (-9)306Should be quicker
Jack MillerC297 (+7)290Needs weight to compete
Sione HoumaH-Back240 (+9)231Could play some TE
Joe KerridgeH-Back247 (+9)238Might improve pass blocking
Allen GantSAM222 (+10)212From safety to LB
Ross DouglasRB186 (+10)176From DB to RB
Jaron DukesWR200 (+10)190Needs the bulk
Henry PoggiDL271 (+11)260A future NT?
Csont'e YorkWR194 (+14)180WRs do more than catch


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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer

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