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Michigan Football – In the Trenches with Jon Jansen

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Former Michigan captain Jon Jansen offers fans an exclusive look at the Wolverines’ football team, including one-on-one interviews, scouting reports and much more. Produced by the Michigan Sports Network from Learfield IMG College in partnership with Michigan Athletics.

Former Michigan captain Jon Jansen offers fans an exclusive look at the Wolverines’ football team, including one-on-one interviews, scouting reports and much more. Produced by the Michigan Sports Network from Learfield IMG College in partnership with Michigan Athletics.


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Former Michigan captain Jon Jansen offers fans an exclusive look at the Wolverines’ football team, including one-on-one interviews, scouting reports and much more. Produced by the Michigan Sports Network from Learfield IMG College in partnership with Michigan Athletics.




Episode 105 - Terry Mills

Jon and Brian catch up with Terry Mills on the 31st anniversary of the men's basketball National Championship in 1989. Terry takes fans through the entirety of that magical NCAA Tournament run, including his desire to get another chance at Illinois, Rumeal Robinson's journey to the game-winning free throws in the title game and his reaction to seeing the parties in Ann Arbor after the game. We wrap up with some pieces from the 1989 team to the 2018 team during their Final Four run and a few...


Episode 104 - Ben Herbert

How are the Wolverines preparing for the season during this pandemic? Jon catches up with Michigan's Director of Strength and Conditioning Ben Herbert to discuss his flexible plans, recent uptick in technology and much more (24:30). Jon and Brian also chat about the NCAA's waiver for spring sports athletes, the bond that the team is forming during this unprecedented time and Tiger King.


Episode 103 - Awards Ceremony

Jon and Brian take a stroll down memory lane and recap the highlights from the first 100 episodes of In the Trenches. We break it all down into seven categories: Podcast Firsts, Food-Related Clips, Lessons Learned, Best Stories, Most Impactful Quotes, Brian's Favorites and What is Jon Saying?!?. Thanks to our listeners for helping us surpass the 100-episode mark!


Episode 102 - Warde Manuel, Two Olympians

The University of Michigan's Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel joins the show to discuss the latest developments on the athletic department and University's response to COVID-19 (10:30). Then, we share some sound pertaining to the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games from a pair of Wolverines-turned-Olympians in Sam Mikulak and Dr. Jeff Porter.


Episode 101 - Brian Griese, Part 2

In part two of Jon's conversation with Brian Griese, the former Wolverines quarterback goes through the National Championship season of 1997, including his halftime speech during the Iowa game, the victory over Ohio State to clinch the Big Ten title and the special conversation with his father shortly after the Rose Bowl. We conclude the episode with a few would you rather questions and the importance of video work for the team during the next few weeks.


Episode 100 - Brian Griese, Part 1

We begin the show with a "Seven from 77" that focuses on Jon's reading of a classic during this period of social distancing, his thoughts on Tom Brady's reported decision to sign with Tampa Bay and a broad look at the first few days of NFL Free Agency. Then, we have part one of a two-part interview with former Michigan quarterback Brian Griese (26:45). The former Rose Bowl MVP talks about the lead-up to the 1997 championship season, including his decision to come to Michigan, his brother's...


Episode 99 - Juwan Howard, Kim Barnes Arico, Carol Hutchins

The coronavirus prompted the Big 10 to cancel the rest of all winter and spring sports for this academic year. So, Brian caught up with men's basketball head coach Juwan Howard (1:15), women's basketball head coach Kim Barnes Arico (11:15) and softball head coach Carol Hutchins (26:15) to discuss their student-athletes' reactions to the news, recap their shortened seasons and try to look ahead to a cloudy future.


Episode 98 - Jumbo Elliott, COVID-19 talk

It's a special edition of In the Trenches. Jon sits down with John "Jumbo" Elliott, the newest Wolverine (and 32nd all-time) selected to the College Football Hall of Fame (9:20). We also talk about the impact of COVID-19, as Brian shares his experience from a surreal day in Indianapolis at the Big 10 men's basketball tournament.


Episode 97 - Linebacker Preview, Don Brown

We conclude our defensive preview with a look at the linebacker position, as Jon discusses the impact of Khaleke Hudson and Jordan Glasgow's departures, the growth of Cam McGrone last season and the outlook for Josh Ross in 2020. Then, Defensive Coordinator Don Brown stops by the show to talk about the linebackers and the defense as a whole (18:00). We conclude with a preview of the Big 10 men's basketball tournament, a look back at successful weekends for women's basketball and hockey, and...


Episode 96 - Secondary Preview, Bob Shoop, Mike Zordich

Our 2020 preview rolls along with a breakdown of the Wolverines' secondary. Jon previews the upcoming season for key defensive backs like Dax Hill, Brad Hawkins, Ambry Thomas and Vincent Gray, while also mentioning some up-and-comers to watch. Then, safeties coach Bob Shoop (21:15) and cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich (34:20) chat with Jon about their position groups. We conclude with some basketball talk, Jon's NFL Mock Draft top five and Jon's weekly way Michigan can get into the top four...


Episode 95 - Defensive Line Preview, Shaun Nua

Our 2020 preview shifts to the defensive side, as Jon gives his early thoughts on the Wolverines' defensive line. He talks about Carlo Kemp's importance to the defense, Aidan Hutchinson and Kwity Paye's room for growth and some potential X-factors for next season. Then, defensive line coach Shaun Nua stops by the show to look back at last season and preview many of the key cogs on that defensive front. We finish up with some basketball talk, the potential changes to transfer rules and a few...


Episode 94 - Wide Receiver and Tight End Preview, Josh Gattis

After Jon and Brian praise some of the red-hot Wolverines teams around campus, like men's basketball's 2-0 week and baseball's #1 ranking, Jon breaks down the final units on the offensive side - wide receivers and tight ends. He talks about the growth potential for Nico Collins, Ronnie Bell and Nick Eubanks and identifies some young players who will be vital to the Wolverines in 2020. Then, Offensive Coordinator Josh Gattis joins the show to discuss the pass catchers and the offense as a...


Episode 93 - Running Back Preview, Jay Harbaugh

After talking about Saturday's win for men's basketball over Michigan State, Jon shares his thoughts on Zach Charbonnet, Hassan Haskins, Chris Evans and the rest of the Wolverines' running backs. Then, Jon sits down with Running Backs Coach Jay Harbaugh to preview that position group. We conclude with some discussion on the national coaching carousel, the Wolverines at the NFL Scouting Combine and Valentine's Day.


Episode 92 - Offensive Line Preview, Ed Warinner

It's Jon's favorite episode of the offseason, because it's time to preview the offensive line! After Jon shares his thoughts on Jalen Mayfield's strong 2019 season and the four other spots up for grabs, he chats with Offensive Line Coach Ed Warinner about some of the same topics (23:20). We finish up with some Super Bowl talk and Jon's thoughts on the XFL.


Episode 91 - Quarterback Preview

We are going to preview the 2020 Wolverines by position group over the next few weeks, and we're starting with the most important position in football. Jon breaks down the upcoming quarterback battle, discusses what a quarterback must do on and off the field, and sizes up the race as it stands right now. Then, we talk some non-football topics, including the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, the Astros' cheating scandal and some other Michigan teams doing well as of late.


Episode 90 - Carlo's Return, New Coaches, Senior Bowl

There is plenty of news to discuss around the Wolverines' football program. Jon shares his thoughts on Carlo Kemp's return for 2020, Brian Jean-Mary and Bob Shoop's impact on the coaching staff and the keys for the six Wolverines participating in the Senior Bowl. We also discuss the well-traveled Michigan men's basketball team, some relevant national storylines in college football, what a Bacon Explosion is and dogs versus cats.


Episode 89 - More Player News, CFP Title Game

Jon and Brian touch on plenty of recent news about the Wolverines, including Ambry Thomas' return for his senior season, Tru Wilson's grad transfer decision and the team's schedule until spring practice. The guys also discuss Monday's national championship game between LSU and Clemson and the Michigan men's basketball team.


Episode 88 - NFL Draft Decisions

After some basketball talk, Jon shares his thoughts on the Wolverines who have made their NFL Draft decisions (19:00), nominates some captain candidates for 2020 and reflects on the 2019 Michigan football team. Then, Jon gives his thoughts on the Big Ten and national landscape, including the Big Ten's bowl performances and a preview of the national title game. Oh, and you won't want to miss the 2019 podcast year in review (16:00).


Episode 87 - Alabama Postgame

We recap Michigan's Citrus Bowl loss to Alabama on New Year's Day with Jim Harbaugh, Ben Bredeson, Josh Metellus and Khaleke Hudson. Then, Jon looks ahead to 2020 and discusses some of the early storylines he will be watching for Michigan football in the coming year.


Episode 86 - Citrus Bowl Preview

We're less than a week away from the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, and Jon breaks down the game from all angles - offensive and defensive scouting reports, keys to the game and what a win would mean for the Wolverines. Jon also gives his predictions for the College Football Playoff and the New Year's Six Bowl Games before the final Locker Room Speech of the season, and it's a good one.