Last season for Michigan safety Brad Hawkins was likely an interesting one, to say the least. Not only did he and the entire world go through the pandemic, but he also went through a whole football season without a position coach.
Hawkins and the other safeties at Michigan, of course, were unable to learn from any safeties coach last year due to former assistant Bob Shoop being unavailable for the entire 2020 season due to undisclosed reasons. He left Michigan this offseason and was replaced by George Helow. A game of musical chairs later, and Helow now coaches the linebackers, with Ron Bellamy, another new assistant coach brought in this offseason, coaching safeties.
Speaking to the media Wednesday, Hawkins detailed what is is like to finally have a position coach he can work with.
“The relationship that I am building with coach Bell — he’s a great guy, former player here, so he knows the in and outs of Michigan football. Having him as a coach has been amazing. He knows football, especially him being a receiver coach and me being a DB, that helps me out a lot because he knows the difference in how receivers line up, the routes and the stem, things like that has definitely been helpful in our DB room. He’s done a great job and I hope to continue to learn from him.”
The safeties in Ann Arbor must be thrilled to have someone available to properly teach them the ins and outs of being a safety, especially the younger guys like Makari Paige, Jordan Morant and RJ Moten, to name a few.
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