Michigan Wolverines: Dave Molk

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In his own family, Jack Miller is the oldest of three. But so far in the Michigan football family, it’s like he's the youngest of three -- he has been toughened up by the eldest, Dave Molk, and befriended by the middle, Elliott Mealer.

And like many youngest children, he has made it through, all for the better.

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Rick Osentoski/US PresswireMichigan center Jack Miller hopes to bring equal parts Dave Molk and Elliott Mealer, his predecessors.
And somewhere in this spectrum of Michigan centers -- with Molk representing one end of surly and quick-witted, and Mealer representing the opposite end of fun-loving and reflective -- Miller has come out a much better player, ready to be a leader on the offensive line next fall.

“When you’re playing offensive line at Michigan it’s never an easy job whether you’re a fifth-year senior or a young guy, wherever your role is on the team, it’s never going to be easy,” Mealer said. “What he has ahead of him -- a chance to start -- it’s going to be a challenge, but I think between me and Dave ... he has had a good dose [of leadership].”

As a freshman he studied under Molk, a senior and eventual Rimington Award winner.

Though he never took a single game snap that season, he admits that much of his development that first year came from Molk. Both are considered undersized centers, with Molk playing 6-foot-2, 286 pounds as a senior and Miller being 6-4, 291.

“I learned a lot about how to play as an undersized guy and how to approach all of this,” Miller said. “Dave was a big help for me, he kind of took me under his wing, and I was really fortunate to have him for a year.”

Fortunate might be an operative term, in some respects.

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