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Michigan football linebacker comments on his impressive physical changes

This Michigan football linebacker is looking bigger and better than ever.



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Sep 3, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Junior Colson (25) pursues a play on defense against the Colorado State Rams at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

This year’s Michigan football linebacker room has a number of talented faces, yet none more impressive right now than third-year standout Junior Colson. After out-performing expectations in 2022, Colson appears ready for a huge season in the Maize and Blue this fall — he has added new skills, incredible power, and more ahead of the coming season and has the potential to develop into a superstar this year.

Michigan football linebacker Junior Colson sees impressive physical growth

Yesterday, the media got a chance to speak with rising junior linebacker Junior Colson, who headlines an impressive Michigan football linebacker room this year. Ahead of the coming season, Colson is looking bigger and better than ever — according to the team website, he is up from last year’s 235-pound frame to an impressive 6-foot-3, 247 pounds; he also states that adding power has been a priority for him over the offseason, and his larger frame is helping more than it hurts right now.

“Yeah, a lot of us did change our bodies a lot,” Junior Colson said on Wednesday at Schembechler Hall. “I think it’s coming along really good. The way I move, the way I handle a lot of things, I think the weight’s helped me out more than it’s hurt me.”

More power for the rising junior defensive star

Why aim for a larger frame heading into the 2023 season? It’s simple — more power.

“More power,” Junior Colson said when asked about what his priority was (physically) over the offseason. “Probably one of my biggest things was more power. I wanted to be more powerful at the point of contact, more powerful at a lot of things like flash, right. So that’s one of my biggest things now — that’s really strong. So power, and I know my speed was gonna be good when everything filled up.”

How did Colson add power throughout the offseason, you may ask?

“Adding power was mostly being stronger at the point of contact. There were a lot of different drills that me and coach would work on,” Colson explained. “Just being able to take on guys and different positions when I’m attacking somebody, when I’m making a tackle. I think it’s mostly trying to embody all that.”

If you thought this star Michigan football linebacker was impressive a season ago, get ready, because Junior Colson is looking bigger and more powerful as he looks to boost the Wolverines’ defense to another Big Ten title and more this fall.

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