When you’re good at your job, people are going to notice. When it comes to football, no matter what level, people really notice and sometimes even have a game plan to stop you or go around you.
Western Michigan had a plan for last week’s game against Michigan on offense and the main objective was to protect their quarterback at all times and prevent players like Chase Winovich and Rashan Gary from getting to their quarterback.
It didn’t work as intended.
While the Wolverines did only get two sacks, they still were able to disrupt Western Michigan quarterback Jon Wassink into making bad decisions, like throwing an interception to linebacker Noah Furbush.
Western Michigan’s main plan though just wasn’t to protect Wassink, it was to stop Gary especially and Western pulled out all its tricks to try and stop him, sometimes even triple teaming Gary.
Gary was triple teamed on that play and STILL almost came away with the tackle.
“I feel like it’s a part of the game,” said Gary as he smiled when asked if he laughs about getting triple teamed. “The more people you have on me, we have playmakers around the field, so if you wanna pay attention to me then go ahead. It’s my job, I love doing it. I got other people flying around me making plays, that’s what makes it fun playing for Michigan.”
Gary also talked about what it is like to sit on the sidelines and watch his offense go to work, saying “It gets us pumped up to go out and have another three and out to give them more opportunities to score. It’s like watching a show now. Once we come off the field, go over our defensive adjustments we get a chance to look up at the screen, and seeing the ball move like that it makes it more fun for us and make us want to give them back the ball.”
When asked about what he took away from the honorary captain, Brenda Tracy and her impact on him and the team, Gary replied saying “That’s a tough lady, nah, a tough woman, let me take that back a tough woman. She came and shared her story. It was just unbelievable how she just had that situation and changed into what it is now. It was unbelievable in having her as an honorary captain. It hit right here (pounds his heart). I appreciated that.”
“I have a sister, so me having a sister, her telling me that story, you can see why it hits me right there (hits chest again).”
Gary and the Wolverines will look to continue their defensive dominance against SMU on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 P.M. in Ann Arbor.