Ask Steve: Ohio State Week

Nov. 26, 2010

Michigan football captain and fifth-year offensive lineman Stephen Schilling answers questions about Thanksgiving and his max bench in this edition of Ask Steve. Stephen takes your questions over email and Facebook answering the best ones every Friday on MGoBlue. Email your questions to or watch for Steve's Friday post on the Michigan football Facebook fan page and leave a comment.

Jeffrey Alan Brown asks on Facebook: "How will playing Michigan football effect the rest of your life?"

Michigan has changed my life for the better, and I'm here because of the opportunity football gave me. The Michigan degree I will receive this December is something I will cherish for the rest of my life, and will help me achieve the things out of life I want most (I'm not sure what they are just yet, but my degree will help at some point). Also, being able to play at such a tradition-rich school where so many great players have played and then moved on to great NFL careers is truly special, and it's something that can't really be understood until your final year in the winged helmet.

Jeff Wrenbeck asks on Facebook: "What's your max bench and vertical jump?"

Haha, interesting you chose those two. My max bench is somewhere around 425, and my vertical jump has been around 25 or 26 inches. We do testing once a year, usually right before spring ball, and the goal is just to improve from year to year. I'm hoping to be able to improve on those two numbers when I test for the NFL next year.

Shane Becker e-mails: "What is your single favorite Thanksgiving food item?"

It's really tough to pick just one favorite Thanksgiving food item. I love Thanksgiving, it's a great holiday for family and friends. My whole family was in town this past weekend, and we had a family dinner Sunday night that my mom cooked and it felt just like home. The one thing I always look forward to at Thanksgiving has to be dessert. I love pumpkin pie, and I love Thanksgiving time because I get to eat A LOT of it. Too much usually, but oh well. My dad works at Costco so he buys the pumpkin pies from there, and they are the best.

Casey Czapski e-mails: "Is there an NFL team that offensive line coach Greg Frye makes an example of? Who do you think has the most impressive O-line in the NFL?"

We don't watch or study NFL film with Coach Frey. Every once in a while if there's a big NFL game on TV one night that Coach thinks lots of us were probably watching, he'll ask us if we saw the pass set of the tackle or the run technique of the guard, trying to prove his point. I definitely like watching the O-line whenever I watch the NFL games. I can't really say who has the most impressive O-line in the NFL. There are so many great players and teams that it's too hard to just pick one, sorry.

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