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Sweet! UM defensive linemen rewarded with cookies

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Chris Wormley

Ann Arbor — These days it’s all about the chocolate chip cookies for the Michigan defensive linemen.

Ann Mattison, wife of defensive line coach Greg Mattison, rewards the linemen for sacks and tackles for losses with her homemade cookies.

“It’s always nice to get those little bags with your name on it and what you did and show the guys next to you what you did,” defensive lineman Chris Wormley said Tuesday night after practice. “It’s a nice little present for us when we come back on Mondays.”

Michigan has the No. 1 defense in the country and is first in sacks (average 4.0 a game) and second in tackles for loss. Ann Mattison must be baking a lot considering some of the individual defensive line numbers — Taco Charlton has four sacks and 4.5 TFLs, and Wormley has 5.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.

Wormley said the most he’s had is three bags of cookies after a game.

When asked if the cookies are a better reward than the helmet stickers, he hesitated as he considered the options.

“Everyone gets helmet stickers, but the D-line only gets cookies,” he said. “It makes it a little more special. Delano (Hill) is a safety and (Ben) Gedeon next to me (in the locker room) is a linebacker and they don’t get those cookies for interceptions or (pass breakups).

“It’s cool to pass them some.”

achengelis@detroitnews.com

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