Mike Martin: Michigan DL right to set bar high
Ann Arbor – Former Michigan defensive lineman Mike Martin keeps tabs on the Wolverines and likes the confidence and swagger of the current players at his position.
Martin, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, worked at Michigan’s Big Man camp last Saturday. He said he’s read comments from a number of the linemen and talked to many of them who say they believe they could be the best line in the country this fall.
Veterans Chris Wormley and Taco Charlton have been among the most vocal among the linemen saying Michigan returns so much depth and talent it would be foolish to think they wouldn’t be contenders as the best defensive line. Ryan Glasgow is returning from a pectoral injury, Bryan Mone is fully healthy after missing last season, Maurice Hurst is back, and the nation’s top recruit, Rashan Gary, is certain to play a major role.
“You’ve got to set the benchmark, you have to set the bar, and you can’t do that without stating it and making a bold statement,” Martin said. “If you back it up with work, there’s nothing wrong with it.
“I love it. I love the intensity and the bar set high, which is the way it should be here.”
Martin spent four years with the Tennessee Titans and is now with the Eagles being coached by former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, the defensive coordinator.
“The team situation, the defense, I’m really excited about,” Martin said. “Jim Schwartz is our defensive coordinator and he’s a blast to be around as a coach. He makes it fun. It’s a fun defense, and he gets us excited to come out every day and just play the game that we love.”
Next month, Martin will be back in Ann Arbor working his camp. He will host the second Mike Martin Youth Gauntlet camp for third to eighth graders at Ann Arbor Pioneer on July 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Among the instructors will be former Wolverines LaMarr Woodley, Larry Foote, Brandon Graham and Frank Clark, and a number of his former Titans teammates.
Camps, like Michigan’s Big Man camp and the one he’s hosting, were a big part of his youth.
“Stuff like this you remember,” Martin said. “You were a kid and you had opportunities to come out to camps and to see guys who have been through it – and to be around the guys is big-time. To be able to give the guys encouragement and some words of wisdom and give them something to think about is important to me and to all the guys.”