Like a 20-something with a fresh Friday cut, weekend off and 12 pack of claws in the fridge, Michigan was “feeling itself” early last fall. Defensive lineman Donovan Jeter is of the opinion that the Wolverines had a little too much smoke blown up their rears following an opening weekend win over Minnesota. After all that smoke, Michigan eventually stunk.
Michigan DT Donovan Jeter jokes that coaches have been “saying nice things” about him since 2019. “It’s always nice to hear compliments, but I really gotta show it on Saturdays in the Big House.”
— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) August 17, 2021
After trouncing the Gophers to open last season’s slate of games, fans and media were quick to praise the Wolverines. “It’s nice to have compliments, but they can be one of the worst things that can happen to you if you want to be an elite, successful player,” Jeter told the Detroit Free Press. “I feel like some people get compliments and then get complacent.”
Michigan went on to drop four of their final five games last fall, but Jeter doesn’t envision a repeat performance out of the Maize and Blue: “I think offense and defense, we’re not gonna be complacent, this year. I think after the Minnesota game, we were feeling ourselves a little too much. All the players were on social media and whatever else. I don’t wanna say ‘took our foot off the gas’ like we weren’t preparing hard, (but) we started feeling ourselves too much. In college football, you can’t do that, it doesn’t matter who you play.”
Sitting outside of the preseason Top 25, Michigan would be considered perverted if they’re still feeling themselves. “Yeah, we’re all fired up about it. We know what the deal is. We don’t care about rankings, what y’all say on social media, we don’t care about any of that,” said Jeter. “We care about getting better every day and being a physical, efficient defense.”