Jared Van Slyke Earns His Keep with Michigan Wolverines

The WolverineCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2009

Few fans may have heard of walk-on Jared Van Slyke, son of MLB player Andy Van Slyke. He went to Southeast Missouri State and barely played. So he transferred to Michigan—as a walk-on.

Benefiting from a depleted secondary, Van Slyke has worked hard and is now likely to see some meaningful playing time at the safety position this fall. "I've just earned it by playing hard, working hard all summer long," he said.

"I wasn't expecting to be in the position I'm in. It looks like I'm going to play a lot, and it looks like you're going to get rewarded for the work you've put in."

Jared described himself: "I have been consistent; it's a good thing and a bad thing," he said.

"There's some things I have to work on, but I don't get deep very much and tackle well, so there's little things like breaking on the ball and overall knowing what I'm supposed to be doing, the concepts and the coverages. Just switching over to this position recently, that will come along."

And he has Coach Rodriguez's support. "He's a smart football player; he's involved in a lot of special teams. He'll get a chance to play next weekend."