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Magnuson, UM O-line ready to ham it up on YouTube

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Erik Magnuson

Ann Arbor — Michigan offensive linemen Erik Magnuson said he and the rest of the linemen like to go “piggin’” each week.

What does that mean, exactly?

“Setting me up to be a headline for another team, so I really can’t say,” Magnuson said Monday, and without hesitating continued on. “But just understand, defensive line is a bunch of pigs. We’ve gotta get ‘em.”

Magnuson arrived at Michigan’s weekly news conference wearing a blue work shirt bearing his name. All of the players have this shirt, a gift from coach Jim Harbaugh, who has presented these shirts to his teams over the years to represent a blue-collar effort.

“It means different things to everybody,” Magnuson said of the shirt. “It’s my piggin’ shirt.”

Magnuson and guard Kyle Kalis created the saying for the offensive linemen, saying they’re “going piggin’” each game to get after the opposing defensive line.

But it’s bigger than that.

The two plan to launch a new late-night show, “Gone Piggin’” — think "Wayne’s World" — and hope to record Monday night and then will send it to an Internet audience via YouTube if it gets final approval.

“Depending on how much criticism coach thinks we’ll get for it,” Magnuson said, referring to Harbaugh. “Filming is tonight, so it could be launching tonight or tomorrow or never. Stay tuned.”

Jake Butt is a tight end and found out about “Gone Piggin’” on his way to the news conference.

“I think I might be a guest on the show if I’m lucky enough,” Butt said, with a straight face.

Magnuson was asked if the offensive line has been successfully piggin’ the first three weeks of the season. Michigan is ranked No. 4 and 3-0 and opens Big Ten play Saturday against Penn State.

“We can get better at piggin’,” he said. “Every week you can improve on your piggin’, but it depends on your attitude going into that. That’s why you have to wear the piggin’ shirt.”

Has he ever really tried to catch a pig?

“Every week we go piggin’,” Magnuson said. “Trust me, they’re real pigs.”

Magnuson is certain the “Gone Piggin’” show and motto will be the legacy he and Kalis will leave.

“It will live on just like the tradition at Michigan,” he said. “Piggin’ will live on.”

Penn State at Michigan

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor

TV/radio: ABC/WWJ

Line: Michigan by 18½

Records: Penn State 2-1 (0-0 Big Ten), 4 Michigan 3-0 (0-0)

Series: Michigan leads 12-7 (Michigan 28-16, Nov. 21, 2015)