Just for fun: Mitch McGary on the gridiron?

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The way Michigan’s Mitch McGary plays basketball, it’s only natural to envision him on a football field. At least one Michigan football assistant is guilty of it, according to MLive.com’s Kyle Meinke. That’s right, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison wouldn’t mind McGary on his defensive line.

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“No question about it,” Mattison told Meinke. “I already promised he’d be a 5-technique (defensive lineman) right away and we’d get him a lot of sacks. I love him.”

It’s hard not to like the Michigan freshman’s game and style. Seriously, did you see the bone-crushing screen he set on VCU on Saturday?

There’s so much more to McGary, though. With his size, power and constant motor, the Wolverine boasts several of the same qualities that helped make Ohio State product John Simon such a great pass-rusher. Now, of course, there’s a difference between possessing the attributes and going out and getting it done on the field – much less at the Big Ten level.

Still, it’s fun to consider, isn’t it?

h/t @kmeinke

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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Al Pittman on 3/27/2013 @ 10:48am EST Said:

McGary would be like the second coming of Jack Lambert of the old Steel Curtain, scary McGary!

Reality Check on 3/27/2013 @ 2:47pm EST Said:

Mc Gary is a big reason that Michigan will outmuscle Kansas Friday night, than we call sit back and watch Duke send Sparty home as Doug cries in his beer.

Doug on 3/27/2013 @ 7:22pm EST Said:

hey mark, let’s see how McGary does against someone who’s not 6 inches shorter than him ! Then you can hang out with your buddy larry after Michigan loses and watch State beat down Coach K.