Hagerup Ready To Follow His Mentor

Will Hagerup

Michigan's new punter prepares to potentially take over for one of the Wolverines' most cult-favorite player. GoBlueWolverine talked to the youngster to gauge his feelings on that, the season and the fans.

Will Hagerup committed to Michigan with a highly touted offer list and a definite pedigree about his game. He will soon take over one of Michigan's most beloved Wolverine's, even if just a cult following, current New England Patriots starting punter Zoltan Mesko.

"It's really pretty cool to follow in someone's steps who has done so many great things this year," Hagerup told GoBlueWolverine. "Every time I train and prepare, I think about what he's done. If I could even get close to what he's done, it would be an honor, but I'm just trying to do my personal best and try to compete every day and get better. He's been a great mentor for me and has taught me a lot of things and given me some stuff. He's a great guy and a great football player."

Mesko also certainly did his part in helping the Wolverines secure Hagerup, hosting him on his official visit and becoming a mentor to speak.

"He took me out on my official visit and just seeing a guy who has been here for four or five years, just seeing that he got a great degree here and he's just a great guy. It was a pretty good model to take after. He was someone who showed me around campus and he was a pretty big deal for me coming here."

Rich Rodriguez has certainly not shied away from speaking on how talented Hagerup is, pointing out special mention in his media day press conference. Hagerup counters with words of hard work and competition.

"I'm really competitive with myself. Back home, I'd go out by myself on my high school field and try to get every ball as perfect as possible. When the game comes, you can't practice anymore and it has to be perfect. I'd say I'm pretty hard on myself, but it's something that drives me and the more I think about every punt the better I can get."

Game time will certainly be coming soon, as September 4th fast approaches, and Hagerup is starting to feel all of the butterflies associated with playing major college football.

"If you're not nervous about potentially playing in front of 110,000 people then there is something pretty wrong with you. I'm really excited, I'm anxious, I'm nervous, I'm everything. If I can start this year, it will be a really, really big opportunity. So I'm nervous, I was nervous being out there yesterday. Hopefully each game I get a little less nervous and a little more comfortable with everything."

As media day wrapped up, the players were escorted onto three giant Michigan busses preparing to take them to the Big House, where they would meet and greet a legion of Maize and Blue faithful, something which isn't lost on Hagerup or any of the Wolverines.

"I drove by there at 9:30 in the morning and there were people already lined up. I've never seen anything like that before. Just to know that the fans are that dedicated and believe in us that much, that's a really, really big deal to us. When we come out here and practice, they're definitely in the back of our heads and we just go harder on every rep we're doing for them because they're going to be out there. We're just going to try to give them a good show."

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