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October 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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OCTOBER 2022 THE WOLVERINE 31 town as [former Michigan standout] Barry Pierson, I believe. She was a track runner. So that really helped. "Just a great guy all the way around. Great competitor. Tough as nails. Love Roman. Great fit, Roman Wilson at Michigan. I al- ways thought that was a great fit." The fit works for Wilson as well. The Hawai'i game marked an early highlight for him, and there's no question he delivered some highlights. "Honestly, I just feel so blessed grow- ing up," Wilson said. "I never expected to, first of all, be at Michigan, and then being able to play my hometown [school]. I just feel like it's such a surreal moment. And I'm just so honored, to be honest." "His story is unbelievable," Hawai'i head coach Tommy Chang noted after his team lost to Michigan. "The kid deserves everything coming his way." Part of that story involved rising at 3:30 in the morning as a freshman to catch a plane from Maui to St. Louis High School on Oahu. The former state champion in the 100 meters demonstrated early his determination to succeed. Now, he's wheels up on a potentially high-flying junior campaign. There's little doubt Wilson received some special targeting treatment when Hawai'i came to town. His play and production demand more, regardless of the location of future Michigan foes. ❏ Head coach Jim Harbaugh on Wilson "It's been visible in all areas. He's taking it to a new level. Very much an ascending player, from a player that was already playing at a very high level." Wilson, who was recruited to Michigan from Honolulu, Hawai'i, scored two touchdowns against his home- state school in the Wolverines' 56-10 victory over the Rainbow Warriors Sept. 10. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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