ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Styling hair is hard work. Or so says Henry Poggi, who now sports a clean-cut look.
Poggi, a fifth-year senior and a fullback on the Michigan football team, cut his shoulder-length hair after last season. Earlier this week, Poggi explained why he went for the shorter look this season.
“It would always get really knotty, and I don’t know how girls deal with it,” Poggi said, eliciting a few giggles from reporters. “It was just like, one day, all of the sudden, I thought, ‘I can’t deal with this anymore.’
“Plus, I think my mom wanted me to get a good picture this year. I kind of had to do that.”
Poggi’s role as a Michigan fullback
Michigan is one of a few programs that puts an emphasis on fullback — a blend of running back, blocker, pass protector and receiver — in its offense. Poggi is a part of Michigan’s stable of fullbacks, joining Khalid Hill, freshman Ben Mason and Jared Wangler.
“We both have our special things,” Poggi said. “Khalid’s just such a great athlete. Watching him catch the ball and stuff is really fantastic. He’s so big and strong, too. He’s a great football player. It’s great to have him there. And it’s like another set of eyes for us with Coach Jay [Harbaugh]. We can always bounce ideas off each other.”
Poggi brings a physical presence to Michigan’s offense. While he had only 6 catches for 45 yards and one carry for 4 yards last season, he took on more blocking responsibilities.
“I just kind of consider myself a football player,” Poggi said sheepishly. “I do whatever the coaches ask me.”
Family ties in Baltimore, Ann Arbor
Poggi’s father, Biff, was a right-hand man of sorts for Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh. When Harbaugh announced in February that he was taking the football team to Rome for a week in April, he told reporters that while an unidentified donor would finance the trip, Biff Poggi organized the trip. In fact, Harbaugh said, Poggi used his personal credit card to reserve lodging prior to university approval of the trip.
Poggi’s run at Michigan as a special advisor and associate head coach lasted about 17 months. Harbaugh confirmed in June that Biff Poggi left the program.
Poggi returned to Baltimore, where he is in his first season as co-head football coach with Henry Russell at St. Frances Academy. Biff Poggi told the Baltimore Sun that he received a contract extension at Michigan, but he returned to Maryland to rejoin his family.
“I had a blast [at Michigan]. I learned so much,” Poggi told the Sun. “I had every day working with the head coach, but all that said, family is always first, so I’m coming back to St. Frances and I’m looking forward to it.”
Poggi knew his dad was always a high school coach at heart. Biff Poggi coached at the Gilman School in Baltimore for 19 years before joining the Wolverines in January 2016.
Henry Poggi had an unusual answer when asked what it was like not having his father around the Michigan football facility on frequent basis. One thing hasn’t changed: Poggi continues to keep tabs on his father.
“I wanted to say, ‘It’s good,” Poggi said, laughing. “I didn’t think about that. Luckily, I have my sister up here, too, so I get to hang out with her a lot. I definitely miss my dad, but I talk to him every day. I call him every day.
“Definitely, the relationship hasn’t really skipped a beat.”
The post Michigan FB Henry Poggi fills same spot, but sports new look appeared first on Land of 10.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.