University of Michigan Football Team Visits Upper Peninsula

NEWBERRY, Mich. (WLUC) — University of Michigan football wrapped up its in-state trip with a tour of select UP attractions.

“We had a great day,” University of Michigan associate athletic director Dave Ablauf said of the team.

More than 140 players and coaches have piled into six buses for a trip across Michigan over the past week. Friday concluded their adventure with a visit to five different locations across three counties.

“Pictured Rocks in Munising will cap off our trip to Michigan State,” said Ablauf. “We started on Friday by going to Soo Locks and then to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Then we descended to Tahquamenon Falls and are now here at Oswald’s Bear Ranch.

Ablauf added that the idea of ​​a summer trip across the Great Lakes state was first discussed by the team in February, when Ablauf mentioned the team should check out the Upper Peninsula. .

“We just wanted to give them the opportunity to see this great state,” Ablauf explained. “It’s something not many guys in the team have done.”

Ablauf said only a small fraction of the team actually visited Upper Michigan before the trip across the Mackinac Bridge on Friday morning.

“We only have 10 players who have ever set foot in UP before this,” Ablauf said. “We thought this trip would be a great educational opportunity as well as a lot of fun.”

Ablauf said the team was overwhelmed with fan support every step of the way. He noted that many stopped to greet players and coaches as soon as they arrived.

“We love that our fans came out, really cheered us on, interacted with us, took pictures with the guys and got autographs,” Ablauf added. “Being able to get our guys out there rather than just wearing a football uniform on the pitch is something we wanted to do while we were doing that.”

The team returned to Ann Arbor Friday night in preparation for training camp, which begins Aug. 2.

Michigan’s first football game of the season is at home against Colorado State at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3.

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