Michigan's Minor Sees Night and Day Difference Between This Year and Last Year

The WolverineCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22:  Brandon Minor #4 of the Michigan Wolverine sruns with the ball during the Big Ten Conference game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

And the Senior RB says he sees it coming together.

“We’ve just got more faith," he told ESPN. "Everybody just bought into the system. Last year, I sensed a couple players doubting the system and the scheme we were trying to run.

"But now, I feel everybody’s all in, committed, doing everything coach is telling them to do. Everything’s working right now."

Last year was a much different story.

“You kind of sensed it, the energy on the sideline with the people that weren’t playing," Minor said. "Last year, we had a ton of people that weren’t even into the game, people just talking, not even focused.

"Now everybody’s focused. I sense more of that family unity. We’re more of a team. Last year, it seemed like everybody had their own agenda."

He put in some extra time in the weight room this summer to improve his durability and strength.

"This summer I got back to the weight room," he said. "Now I can last longer, run through more arm tackles, block people."

And Minor's excited about his role in the spread offense. He says the reads are "way, way easier" now in his second year, and that having dual-threat quarterbacks makes his job easier.

“It poses a threat," Minor said. "[Defenses] can’t overplay me or they’re going to suffer a lot when it comes to the quarterback run. They’ve basically got to pick one.”