The Freshman Fifteen – Michael Furtney

The Freshman Fifteen – Michael Furtney

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The Freshman Fifteen – Michael Furtney

MADISON, Wis. – The only scholarship offensive lineman in the 2018 class, Michael Furtney felt he was walking into a perfect situation.

Put into a position group full of veteran leaders and All-Americans, Furtney felt no pressure to step up and grow up the leadership of the captains. After all, the three-star prospect was a two-way player for his small high school in Milan, Michigan, earning first-team all-state his final two seasons and recording 282 tackles and 13.0 sacks for his career. With no pressure to step in and contribute this season, Furtney has seen dramatic increases in his game as he prepares to compete for a spot during spring practices.

Back for a ninth season, we seek out the incoming freshmen to find out answers to on-the-field and off-the-field questions to get to know these Badgers better. Asking them 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Furtney: I definitely feel the challenge is a really packed schedule. Like my day-to-day, my normal schedule isn’t too hectic. I’m still busy, but whenever you add something it puts a lot of stress on that. Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth. I’ve done my best to prepare myself as best as possible because I knew it would be a lot more pressure on me living on my own. I tried to come in prepared and that was one of the challenges to get used to.

What’s the big difference from going from a high school offensive lineman to being a college offensive linemen? What’s the toughest adjustment for you?

Furtney: I don’t know how to describe it, (but) it’s just more. You have to have precision technique. You have better competition. You have to take that next step in every level of the game, whether that’s mentally or physically. It’s a big challenge, but I like to accept the challenge.

How did you try to strengthen your body knowing you were going to go up against some big, older dudes in your first year here?

Furtney: I definitely just became a gym rat. For a long time, I had a trainer. I worked with them five times a week, just strengthening my body in every aspect. I worked on my flexibility daily. I tried to become the strongest, but also working on my cardio and conditioning. I tried to hit it from every possible way to make myself the best athlete that I could.

What do you think your strengths are and what are you trying to work on as you move forward?

Furtney: I definitely would say my work ethic. I’m always going to go 100 percent, no matter what. That’s one of the things that’s going to help me gauge my weaknesses. I feel like you can never have enough technique. You can always be better. The upperclassmen guys are All-Americans, but I use my work ethic to strive to get there.

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