Michigan Football: Kyle Kalis Proves Bright Days Are Ahead for Wolverines

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 14, 2012

Kyle Kalis is the kind of player the Michigan Wolverines have craved, and he will ensure the next few years are bright in Ann Arbor. 

Just when you thought Michigan would forever play second fiddle to bigger programs, they re-assert themselves in the form of Kalis and a famed change of heart. 

The highly-coveted offensive lineman was all set to play for Ohio State but decided to become a Wolverines player in the end. 

Michigan divulged that March 17th is the first day of spring practice. That month will go a long way to illustrate what kind of team takes the field in the fall. 

One thing is certain, though, and that is the Michigan offense will be far deeper than it was last year, and Kalis is just one reason why. 

This is the No. 3 offensive line class in the nation and will guarantee Denard Robinson has his best shot to go out with a bang at Michigan. 

Kalis is a 6'5", 305-pound offensive guard who has a promising career in front of him. According to Darrell Funk, the offensive line coach, he has those pleasant attributes you want in a lineman. Via Ann Arbor:

He just wants to tear your head off. He plays like that all the time and practices like that all the time, and we need that. You can Xs and Os all you want, and that’s important, but at the end of the day, it starts up front.

Everyone thinks it’s coachspeak, but (winning) starts with knocking the heck out of the guy in front of you, and that’s one thing Kyle does real well.

In the same report, Kalis is said to have called head coach Brady Hoke from the giant M at the 50-yard line to tell him he was in. 

This is a guy who is fully committed to Michigan and has a grasp on the history and legacy of the program. 

This is more than just a strong talent. This is a player who will give his all on every single play for Michigan, the kind of player who will change the fortune of this team for the better.