Michigan DT Ondre Pipkins sheds 32 pounds since last year
The defensive tackle says now he never really got into shape until he was an upperclassmen, and didn't really listen to coaches who were trying to help. The five-star prospect eventually figured things out, but contributed only as a senior.
So when Campbell was assigned to room with another promising freshman defensive tackle, Ondre Pipkins, he took it upon himself to mentor Pipkins and help the freshman avoid his fate.
It seems to have worked.
Pipkins, Michigan's best 2012 prospect, said he's already slimmed to 315 pounds after arriving on campus weighing 347 -- a loss of 32 pounds.
"That was part of discipline and part of knowing every day what you need to do to accomplish that common goal," he told MGoBlue during a signing day webcast Wednesday. “I still got a lot of learning to do, still got a long way to go, but I’m ready to step up and help this team win and help them win the Big Ten championship.”
Pipkins was a regular member of the rotation by season's end last year. He finished with seven tackles, and is expected to be a key guy in the middle next year behind Quinton Washington at nose tackle.
"I had a rough start dealing with technique, learning to play with your hands and things like that,” he told MGoBlue. “Listening to details was a challenge for me, but as the season went on, I had some help from the upperclassmen, Jibreel Black, Will Campbell, Quinton Washington -- they all helped me out to groom me for later on in the season, and that’s why I started to build my confidence up, and you know that I appreciate those guys for that.”
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