Michigan landed a key graduate transfer earlier this week when Central Michigan defensive end Mike Danna announced his commitment. Danna will play his final season for the Wolverines.
It sounds like is fired up about making the move. Danna spoke to the Detroit News about his transfer, and some of his quotes will have Maize and Blue fans pumped up.
In addition to praising defensive coordinator Don Brown ("a wizard") and defensive line coach Shaun Nua ("a really down-to-earth dude"), Danna said he is preparing to compete for a starting spot. He's willing to "shed my blood and sweat" to earn one.
“Of course,” he said. “I think I have a good chance. But Coach Harbaugh let it be known everything has to be earned. That’s my language. I’m about competing, I’m about hard work. I don’t want the starting job handed to me. I want to shed my blood and sweat to feel I earned it.”
There’s always room for improvement, and Danna knows he’s far from a finished product. He said he wants to work on being a more consistent player.
“Everyone can be more consistent at what they do to be more efficient and effective,” Danna said. “I want to work on being a grinder, a person who hustles every single play and be a fighter. Not that I’m not a fighter, but there’s always more than can be added to arsenal. I’m open to coaching, and to adding tools to my toolbox.”
Danna had a huge season in 2018, recording 65 tackles, including 14 for loss, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns.
He should be able to help ease the loss of several major contributors from Michigan's 2018 defense, including defensive tackle Rashan Gary, defensive end Chase Winovich and linebacker Devin Bush.
Michigan finished 10-3 this past season.
[ Detroit News ]