ANN ARBOR - During Thursday's media availability, Michigan linebacker Kenny Demens and defensive end Craig Roh were high on Ondre Pipkins, a freshman defensive lineman from Kansas City who brings size (6-foot-3, 340 pounds) and attitude to the Wolverines.
In fact, Roh said that Pipkins has already bestowed a nickname upon himself: "Pee Wee Optimus Prime."
"I think he only told me that," Roh admitted. "But now that you guys know ..."
Sports Illustrated recently named Pipkins to its "Freshmen 15," a list of first-year FBS players whom the publication believes will immediately make an impact upon their teams.
But Demens praised the player he called "Pee Wee."
"He's an excellent runner," Demens said. "He understands the game."
Offensive lineman Patrick Omameh agreed.
"He's a freshman who's coming along," Omameh said of Pipkins. "He's working every day to get better."
Funny, because on Wednesday, Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison wasn't about to tip his hand when asked about Pipkins.
“It’s so early, you know," Mattison said. "You have a guy who a month ago he’s in a class somewhere in high school, and then all of a sudden he’s at the University of Michigan. It’s just too early.”
Michigan coach Brady Hoke admitted Thursday that he doesn't ask the seniors on the Michigan football team what their first couple years in Ann Arbor were like.
Those were different times, in case you've forgotten.
Kenny Demens was blunt when asked to reflect upon his first three years at Michigan.
"We don't talk about it that much," Demens said, shaking his head. "We're focused on going forward. We don't look at the past. We just focus on where we have to go this year."
Whiteford Valley Golf Club in Ottawa Lake, Mich., will host the Colt Classic golf tournament at 10 a.m. September 15. The tournament is being held as a fund-raiser for the son of former Michigan placekicker Jeff DelVerne. Colt DelVerne is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment after he was diagnosed in June with a brain tumor.
For more information or to register for the tournament, contact Jeremy Miller (a former Michigan football player who lives in the Toledo area) at 419-450-6854.