Michigan football team preparing for Outback Bowl; seniors lead the way

(WXYZ) - The University of Michigan football team returned to practice yesterday, as they started their preparations for the Outback Bowl, January 1st.

They will be playing South Carolina who is the 10th ranked team in the country. 

Senior defensive back Jordan Kovacs wants to end his football career with a statement win.

"I want to send the rest of the seniors off the right way. I'm excited to go down to Tampa and compete against an SEC team. It will be very emotional for me, as it will be for the rest of the seniors, but it will be fun," said Kovacs.

Senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree is looking forward to something a little different about the January bowl game.

He said, "I'm from Ohio, so it's going to be cold [at home]. I'd rather be in Tampa Bay on the beach with my teammates and enjoying the sunshine."

Head coach Brady Hoke is also aware of Florida's enticing climate.

"They're getting acclimated to some different weather, that's part of it. We'll have all the game planning done before we go, so there will be an opportunity for them to do a great job, said Hoke."

Michigan will prepare lightly this week before taking a break for finals.

The plan this weekend is to get some younger guys practice time, so they can gain some experience against the first team offense and defense.

Senior All Big Ten tackle Taylor Lewan was more excited to talk about the young guys -- and the team -- than the individual accolades he earned this season.

Lewan said, "It's about the University of Michigan and South Carolina, not Taylor Lewan versus the other guy."

"[I'm feeling] A lot of mixed emotions about it, but I want to win," Kovacs added, referring to his thoughts about his final game as a Wolverine.

Senior defensive back J.T. Floyd reminded everyone, "It's SEC/Big Ten... What more could you ask for?"

Well said.

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