Bigger role might await UM freshman Michael Onwenu

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh greets his players on the sideline after a first-half touchdown on Saturday.

Ann Arbor – Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said it’s possible that with Bryan Mone and Taco Charlton out with injuries, freshman two-way lineman Michael Onwenu could see a few more snaps on defense against Central Florida on Saturday.

The 380-pound Onwenu was in for plays on the offensive and defensive lines in the opener.

“(He) stood out as a very good player in the game,” Harbaugh said.

Defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow said “Big Mike” impressed him, as he has all during preseason camp.

Michael Onwenu

“The weight, how he moves, everything,” Glasgow said when asked why it’s so difficult to play against Onwenu, who is from Detroit Cass Tech. “Technique is pretty good for a true freshman. His tenacity. I don’t know if you saw his defensive snap, one of them, he rocketed off the ball, got hit in the hip a little bit, fell down but knocked his guy back like three yards. He’s got it all working for him.”

Left tackle Grant Newsome is 6-foot-7 and about four inches taller than Onwenu, but the freshman is about 65 pounds heavier.

“Mike is a big boy,” Newsome said, smiling, “and he has some big hands.”

McCray collecting stickers

Linebacker Mike McCray was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the opener, including nine tackles, 3.5 for loss and two sacks. He also had a forced fumble in the second quarter.

“He was our defensive most valuable player of the game and got the most helmet stickers, another indication of really good play,” Harbaugh said. “He’s been consistently good all through training camp, spring practice.”

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Keeping an eye on little brother

Safety Jordan Glasgow is the youngest of the three Glasgow brothers to play at Michigan. The eldest, Graham, a UM center last season, is now with the Detroit Lions, and Ryan is a senior defensive lineman.

Jordan had two tackles in the opener.

“That was awesome. I was smiling from ear to ear,” Ryan Glasgow said.

He reviewed Jordan’s plays on defense before looking at his own.

“To make sure they were good,” Glasgow said.

And if they weren’t?

“Probably was going to text him and criticize him,” he said, laughing. “They looked clean they looked good, so I was really proud of him.”