Ben Bredeson Speaks About Offensive Line's Improvement This Season

Ben Bredeson Speaks About Offensive Line's Improvement This Season

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Ben Bredeson Speaks About Offensive Line's Improvement This Season

The biggest issue with the Michigan offense the past few years has been the offensive line play. While the defense has been great, the offense has always seemed to be a step behind due to the offensive line. A poor offensive line turns into a weaker running game and passing game.

Against Notre Dame, the offensive line had its issues and after hiring offensive line coach Ed Warinner, they were hoped to get fixed. Since the week one game, the offensive line has improved and gotten better, looking like the line that Warinner was brought in to create and bring to Michigan.

One of Michigan’s captains and offensive linemen Ben Bredeson had some things to say about how his unit has the ability to now push back against defensive linemen and wear them down.

“That’s been a theme for us this entire year,” Bredeson said. “Something we started to be able to feel and when defensive linemen started to quit and I think the difference between this year and last year is once we feel that we’re starting to attack it and try to finish defensive lines throughout the game.”

That kind of mentality is something that Michigan offensive lines have missed in the past. With players like Taylor Lewan, they were vicious and mean and went out to just try and destroy the defensive lines, Michigan hasn’t had those types of players since he has left. Now, as a unit though they are working on doing it together and hold back that violent demeanor. Bredeson explained how they attack the opposing defense.

“You can tell when they’re starting to get tired or when they’re starting to give out,” Bredeson said. “You just gotta push harder for just a little bit more and sometimes it’s just getting one or two more touchdowns on them and then they can start to give in. Some of the issues last year was we get to that point and people would feel it kinda lax up, the other team would score and they get back into the game a little bit, but this year we’re not letting that happen and it’s paying off for us.”

The Wolverines offensive line seems to have finally found its groove and when the running backs are playing well, the quarterback is playing well and receivers are catching the ball, the offensive line playing well is just the cherry on top because it makes the offense a well-oiled machine and it keeps firing at every chance it gets.

Michigan will look to continue to do well on offense against No. 15 Wisconsin as they host the Badgers under the lights in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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