June 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Michigan football to forgo Navy SEALS training this year

Brady Hoke and the Wolverines open the season Aug. 30 against Appalachian State. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

Ann Arbor — Seniors on Michigan’s football team will not make the trip west for leadership training with the Navy SEALS as the team has done the last two seasons.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke, speaking before a men’s football academy dinner, said the seniors and team will “stay here, stay together” this summer.

“To me, it was just something that has run its course,” Hoke said. “Maybe (there was) some entitlement. They’ve got to earn it.”

Michigan tight end Jake Butt, who tore the ACL in a knee in February has posted tweets in the past week indicating he has started running.

Hoke joked that Butt thinks he’s Superman but didn’t back off his suggestion during spring practice that the sophomore will return early this season.

“I would not expect him until after week three,” Hoke said, referring to Butt’s return to actual game action.

Hoke said injured defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins, running back Drake Johnson and offensive lineman Erik Magnuson are all progressing well in their recoveries.