Rome Travel Log: Saturday, April 29

April 29, 2017

Saturday, April 29

10:15 & 10:30 a.m. -- The final full day in Rome begins with wake-up calls echoing throughout Hotel Cavalieri.

10:30-11:30 a.m. -- Players and families eat breakfast on the ninth floor again, this time with beautiful sunny skies that showcase the entire city of Rome.

11:29 a.m. -- Coach Jim Harbaugh comes and congratulates Mike McCray on graduating from the University of Michigan then proceeds to tell the team to head for the buses for their final practice in Rome.

11:38 a.m. -- The entire travel party rolls out from the hotel with their next stop being Stadio dei Marmi, a historic home.

11:43 a.m. -- Members of the coaching and support staff talk on the way over to the practice site about great books they are planning to read this summer for enjoyment and personal development.

Rome Practice

Rome Practice

Rome practice

12:05 p.m. -- The team arrives at the stadium for the pre-game Tailgate Party with U.S. and Italian dignitaries who helped make the Wolverines visit to Rome possible.

1:22 p.m. -- Players begin heading down to the locker room area to put on their uniforms for the final spring practice.

1:34 p.m. -- Kickers and quarterbacks start coming onto the field for pre-practice individual warmup.

Rome Practice

Rome Practice

1:55 p.m. -- Coach Harbaugh blows his whistle and calls the players into the tunnel.

1:57 p.m. -- An Italian public address announcer welcomes everyone and introduces cheerleaders for a pre-practice performance.

2:02 p.m. -- The team runs onto the field to start drills and begins the workout with a walkthrough on offense and defense.

2:09 p.m. -- Harbaugh blows his whistle to begin the team stretch portion; the three young Harbaugh children stretch out with the team during this period, while Jim and Jay Harbaugh toss a football in the north end zone.

2:20 p.m. -- Harbaugh tells the team to break off into combine drills for the next period of practice.

Rome Practice

Rome Practice

Rome practice

2:27 p.m. -- Next up is the Oklahoma drill and some open-field tackling drills.

2:35 p.m. -- The kicking game is the focus of the next segment with kickers Quinn Nordin and Ryan Tice nailing 51-yard attempts, before Nordin drilled a 56-yarder; punter Will Hart took all of the punts and knocked a few inside the 10-yard line.

2:49 p.m. -- A few series of 7-on-7 drills alternate with some live goal line situations is the next extended portion of practice.

3:23 p.m. -- Harbaugh announces that the next two series is live tackle football with Brandon Peters running around the left side for a touchdown and Khalid Hill catching a nice pass from Wilton Speight for another offensive score.

Rome Practice

Rome Practice

3:34 p.m. -- After a brief water break, the Wolverines practice some offensive and defensive situational plays.

3:46 p.m. -- Harbaugh blows the whistle and tells the players to head to the sidelines for their last conditioning drills of the spring season.

3:56 p.m. -- 2017 spring football concludes 4,632 miles from where it began in Ann Arbor; the team walks over to the fans in attendance and sings the greatest fight song in the land, "The Victors."

4 p.m. -- Players mingle with the fans and give away their gloves, wristbands, towels, socks and even their cleats; coaches and players talk with the media and mingle with the families who were able to come to Rome for about 45 minutes.



5:13 p.m. -- The first two buses arrive at the hotel with the third bus running about 15 minutes behind for players that took a little longer following practice.

7:38 p.m. -- After a few hours of rest, the team boards buses for the final event of the week, a Gala at La Pinacoteca del Tesoriere; the talk on the way surrounds the NFL Draft and the selection of Ryan Glasgow (Bengals) and Jehu Chesson (Chiefs) during that jaunt through the city to the destination.

7:54 p.m. -- Jake Butt is drafted by the Denver Broncos during the team's walk to location of dinner.

8:12 p.m. -- The Wolverines enjoy a final dinner together in Rome, spreading out over four rooms in the ancient city's last remaining family-owned private palace/renaissance villa.

9:51 p.m. -- Henry Poggi speaks on behalf of the players and thanks Harbaugh and others for making this trip a possibility for the team; Harbaugh speaks to the group, thanking the players for a great week, representing the University so well and talks about the program writing a blueprint for other college football teams to emulate.

9:57 p.m. -- Harbaugh shakes the hand of every player and staff member on their way out of the dinner, thanking everyone for a great week.

10:01 p.m. -- The team departs the residence for a 10-minute walk through the streets of Rome to meet the buses.

10:28 p.m. -- Michigan returns to the hotel for the final time aboard three buses, paying close attention to the draft as Jeremy Clark is selected by the Jets during the return trip.

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