Michigan DE Continuing To Grow, Get Faster, Stronger

Michigan DE Continuing To Grow, Get Faster, Stronger

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Michigan DE Continuing To Grow, Get Faster, Stronger


The second-year player has come a long way from where he started.


Michigan DE Continuing To Grow, Get Faster, Stronger

When Warwick (RI) Bishop-Hendricken WDE committee to Michigan, many saw him as a project.

But the former three-star had other plans.

As the backup to starter Chase Winovich, Paye didn’t have a lot of time to shine, as Winovich rarely came off the field. But still, as a first-year player in 2017, Paye notched 5 tackles with 1.5 for loss.

And he’s made notable progress since he arrived in the weight room. When he reported to Ann Arbor, his defensive coordinator Don Brown raved about his possibilities, saying that he had so much room on his frame to grow.

“Kwity is an unbelievable athlete,” Brown said. “He plays tailback as well as defensive end. He could play up and down on defense, which is another sign of his athleticism. I have worked with him personally. He is an outstanding pass rusher, and his size potential is off the charts. I anticipate him being an open side defensive end along with the potential to play in packages with his pass rush ability. We are glad to have him here at Michigan.”

And grow he did.

The Wolverines defensive line coach Greg Mattison echoed those sentiments this spring, praising how much Paye’s hard work has been paying off.

“Kwity’s so much stronger than he was a year ago,” Mattison said. “I mean, Kwity came in here probably 230 pounds and I think he’s 250-some pounds now, and he’s a lot stronger and he hasn’t lost any quickness at all. He’s playing like a guy that’s bee here before, not like a freshman.

“I’m really looking for good things out of him. I mean, he has a summer in that weight room with these guys? Watch out. I mean, you’re going to find someone that you’re going to really be excited about.”

Paye was listed on Michigan’s fall roster at 241, but sources tell WolverinesWire that Paye is now all the way up to 260.

While Paye already was on the ascent, we’re told that the addition of new Strength and Conditioning coach Ben Herbert has made a difference in Paye’s conditioning this winter and summer.

Said one source on Herbert’s influence on Paye:

”Huge difference! He’s bigger, more explosive and faster.”

Considering the early returns and the work that Herbert has done with some others this offseason, it can be expected that we’ll see more of Kwity Paye this fall.

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