The Wolverine

October 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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18 THE WOLVERINE OCTOBER 2017 BY JOHN BORTON W hen the Leaders and Best themselves choose lead- ers, it's always something special. That's the case this year for a football team ready to prove it's ready to take on the big boys. Fifth-year senior linebacker Mike McCray and senior left tackle Mason Cole represent a rarity among the Wol- verines in 2017. They're starters who don't have eligibility remaining follow- ing this season. One of the youngest teams in college football elected these two to help steer the ship as captains in their final cam- paign. McCray, the injury-overcom- ing anchor of a neophyte linebacking corps, and Cole, a by-the-book blocker who twice switched positions for the good of the team, are strong choices, LEADING THE WAY Mike McCray And Mason Cole Team Up As Captains Before last season, McCray's only previous game action came in 2014, when he played in 11 contests and posted two tackles. He emerged as an All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016, racking up 76 total stops, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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