Watch: Teamwork gets big Wolverine Cesar Ruiz off the beach
Castel Gandolfo, Italy – Michigan center Cesar Ruiz, all 6-foot-4, 336 pounds of him, sat grounded in a kayak on the Lake Albano beach and needed an assist.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has stressed the team-bonding aspect of his team’s journey to Rome, and this scene Tuesday afternoon, just hours after high-energy speedball competition at Speedball Roma Club, just might have been the perfect example of that.
Fifth-year senior defensive lineman Maurice Hurst, 6-2, 282, waded through the water to give Ruiz, an early-enrollee freshman, the push he needed.
“I’m still on land!” Ruiz shouted as Hurst positioned himself to push the kayak.
Hurst pushed. And pushed.
“Yeah Mo! Yeah Mo!” Ruiz said, yelling encouragement, while also admitting he really didn’t know how to steer the kayak.
Five pushes later, and Ruiz was on his way.