UM’s Maurice Ways ‘back on two feet,’ confident

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Maurice Ways

Michigan receiver Maurice Ways worked Friday’s Sound Mind Sound Body Academy in Detroit, of which he is an alum, while wearing a boot on his left leg.

That was just precautionary.

Ways, who suffered an injury to the fifth metatarsal in the foot in a freak incident during spring practice, had surgery in late March. He ran Thursday and has been lifting weights and working with the quarterbacks.

“I’m back on two feet, back in two shoes now,” Ways said, laughing.

Ways had received high marks early in spring practice before the injury.

“Moe caught a touchdown pass and a freak thing happened – fell on his foot,” Harbaugh said in March.

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Ways said his recovery has gone well, and he feels good heading into summer workouts.

“I feel very confident,” Ways said. “I had a good spring, and I’m just going to try to build on that when I get back for fall camp. I’m just learning the offense and getting time with the quarterbacks. We’ve been working together, lifting, throwing, things like that.”

He said being a part of the Sound Mind Sound Body experience is important on so many levels. He and a large group of SMSB alums, including Michigan teammates Jack and Jared Wangler and David Dawson, and MSU’s Malik McDowell and Ohio State’s Mike Weber, volunteered on Friday.

“We all come back for this,” Ways said. “This camp gave us exposure and offers, and not only that, it teaches values. It’s more than just football. What they teach you here you don’t forget it.”

When the NCAA Council originally voted in early April to ban satellite camps, a number of SMSB alumni took to Twitter to voice their support of SMSB, now in its 12th year.

“We’ve got a voice and we can tell, because this camp was basically gone until we spoke up about it,” Ways said. “Without this camp, a lot of us might not be where we are today. We have a voice, and coming together as one, as a whole community, we can make changes.”