Don Brown has been coaching college football for more than 30 years. He's never seen a player like Rashan Gary.
Brown is entering his second season as Michigan's defensive coordinator. The former UMass head coach and Boston College, Maryland and UConn assistant has coached — and coached against — hundreds of defensive ends. And Wolverines' sophomore Rashan Gary is the best.
“Best I’ve ever seen,” Brown said. “Best I’ve ever seen combining speed, strength, change of direction, and the mental curve. He’s unbelievable. The sky is the limit."
The 6-foot-5, 287-pounder was the top-ranked prospect in the 2016 recruiting class. He appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman, recording 27 tackles, five tackles for loss and one sack. Brown also lauded Gary's off-the-field work, demeanor and overall work ethic.
“There’s no air. He’s a humble guy, Just goes about his business every day," Brown added. "Not only is he a great player, he’s a tremendous young man to be around. Every single day he’s the same. I marvel how he carries himself on a day-to-day basis."
Michigan opens the 2017 season on Friday, Sept. 2, vs. Florida at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.