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128 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2014 FOOTBALL PREVIEW OL Northwestern. He'll challenge strongly for the spot come fall. "He's going to be a little lighter than he was, and he'll be stronger," Funk said. "I wouldn't say he was overweight, but we've lightened him up a little bit. He'll have another year of confidence, in terms of knowing things. "His experience, at the end of the day, will be valuable. I remember his very first play [at MSU]. It was pouring down rain, third-and-a- ton inside the 20, and they blitzed, and we picked it up. That was his very first college football play, and there were a lot of things in that game and some of the other games that were really positive." Overall, Bosch wasn't ready for getting thrown in against the Spartans, Funk noted, but those hard knocks will pay off down the road. "He's going to be a terrific player," Funk said. "We put him in there because he's a nasty guy. He's got that attitude you want. "He can just worry about playing and getting better. He's doing a great job in the weight room. He's going to be stronger. He hasn't gotten any less nasty, because he's really got that mindset. He'll take another step forward." Fifth-year senior Joey Burzynski (6-1, 288) started the Indiana game a year ago, but tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and was lost for the remainder of the year. He's one of a few Wolverines looking to come back strong from injury. "He's always performed at a fairly high level, when he's played," Funk said. "He graded out well in nine plays against South Carolina, and he started well in the Indiana game. He figures, as a senior, to have a say in there." Redshirt junior Graham Glasgow (6-6, 308) started the first four games at left guard last year before moving to center, but he won't have any say in this year's opener. He's serving a one- game suspension for what Hoke described as "a violation of team expectations." What I Would Be Doing If I Wasn't Coaching Darrell Funk coaches a crew whose job involves plenty of protection — for quarterbacks, running backs, etc. If he wasn't fashioning Michigan's offen- sive line, though, he might be doing some protecting himself. The veteran offensive line coach has always taken a keen interest in the law, and how it plays out in the public domain. He's not certain precisely what path that might have involved, but the general direction is clear. "Before I headed to college, I was going to be some- thing in law enforcement or a lawyer," he said. "After my first constitutional law class, I realized I might not be cut out for being a lawyer. I didn't know if I wanted to work hard enough to do that in a classroom. "I would probably be somewhere in law enforce- ment. I have a great respect for them. My best friend is a retired police officer." He might have sought out a career in the Cen- tral Intelligence Agency or the Drug Enforcement Administration, or perhaps something in local law enforcement, he noted. "I've got just such a deep respect for what they do, and for the military," Funk said. "Maybe 20 years for an agency, and by this time, maybe be a retired private investigator, or something like that. Probably something in that line of work." — John Borton Darrell Funk said if he wasn't coaching, he might have pursued a career in law enfore- ment, emphasizing his respect for those that work in that field. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN Kyle Bosch is one of the rare offensive linemen to play as a true fresh- man at U-M, with five game appearances and three starts to his credit in 2013. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL 126-132.OLs.indd 128 6/19/14 3:15 PM

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