Bolden, who had 102 tackles last season, and fullback Joe Kerridge, a former walk-on, were voted captains by their teammates on Thursday.

“Another great honor to be viewed in that way from your teammates,” Bolden said Friday after practice.

Receiver Jehu Chesson said Bolden and Kerridge were the right choices for captains.

“They both possess similar traits in terms of being leaders,” Chesson said. “They do things right all the time. Joe Bolden, he’s a great man on the field. Everybody wants to follow him, same thing with Joe Kerridge.

“(On Thursday) when we elected him, two years ago (to the day, Kerridge) earned his scholarship here at Michigan. To see him get elected captain, it’s awesome. He came on as a walk-on, nobody expected much from him, but the way he’s been living his life ever since he walked onto this campus is a tribute to his family, to who he is and to everybody who had a role in bringing him up. I’m excited about having those guys as my captains.”

Respecting the receivers

Chesson is a bit biased when it comes to talking about Michigan receivers, since that’s his position group, but he feels confident that they’re going to be a positive this fall.

Like coach Jim Harbaugh a day earlier, Chesson spoke highly of Drake Harris, a former Detroit News No. 1 Blue Chip player out of Grand Rapids Christian, who has been slowed by hamstring injuries the last two seasons, going back to his senior year in high school.

“He’s been really sharp. He’s been healthy, and he’s competed strong and good all camp,” Harbaugh said at his news conference. “I’m excited about him every day. He’s one of those youngsters who really makes our football team better.”

Harris has impressed his teammates.

“I’ve seen him make tremendous plays,” Chesson said. “He runs his routes crisp, unbelievable jumper -- he hooped a little bit in high school, too, so he has a really good vertical, so he can go up there and get the ball.”


Bolden on how enduring last year’s 5-7 season prepared the team for the upcoming season: “Last year’s not talked about. It is what it is. We didn’t perform, we didn’t do well, we didn’t end well. You don’t execute and you don’t get the result you want. Guys realized that.”