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FOOTBALL | Michigan linebacker Michael Barret gives spring update on the LB room

Mike Barrett addressed Michigan’s crowded LB room and more.



Michigan linebacker Michael Barrett
Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Michael Barrett (23) against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On Thursday, the Wolverines once again had some time to speak with the media. During this media time, Michigan linebacker Michael Barrett gave UM fans and media a full update on how the Wolverines’ linebacker room is shaping up thus far during UM spring ball.

Michigan linebacker Michael Barrett gives update on LB room during dpring ball

Here is what Barrett had to say about his position room thus far during spring ball, including an update on transfer addition Ernest Hausmann.

“I feel like it’s different here with guys because I don’t think we look at it negatively,” Michigan linebacker Michael Barrett told Wolverines Wire when asked about the Wolverines’ crowded LB room. “I think we take everything that gets thrown at us with a positive attitude … That’s one thing that Coach Herb instilled in us. You never know what was gonna happen. You never know the adversities you’re gonna face. But you’re defined by how you react to it.

“So I feel like just in a room, I’d say for the past couple of years, we just kind of look at it as competition, look at it as a way to better ourselves, better to team better to group. And so anytime, we’re happy for the guy’s success. We’re always teaching each other, coaching each other up. We’re never looking at it like, ‘Oh, he’s gonna take my spot. So let me get away from him.’ It’s never that, it’s always love. Everyone in that room always shows love to each other, support. And we’re always there for each other.”

A follow up question was asked specifically about how Hausmann is fitting into Michigan’s system and culture.

“Just his natural athletic ability. He’s smart, fast, can move,” Barrett said. “Just how fast he’s learning the defense, coming along with our guys, blending in, meshing together well with everyone. He’s gonna be a great player. I like his enthusiasm, the way he flies around at practice. He always has a smile on his face. He’s gonna bring something to this team.”

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