Sione Houma is the first scholarship athlete to be recruited to Michigan as a fullback since Vince Helmuth in 2007. But unlike Helmuth - an eventual 290-pound bruiser who moved to defensive tackle before transferring - it's likely that Sione will be fulfilling a more versatile role in Michigan's offense. Houma's commitment post describes him as a well-rounded player with "a little bit of this and a little bit of that." Sione agrees, saying, "I think I'm pretty much even at everything; I don't have one top [skill] - maybe going 100% every play." Although Sione admits to being a man of few words, he was nice enough to answer several reader questions last Saturday while watching his older brother's rugby game.
Utah to Michigan: "My friends are all excited for me to go to a big-name college and play football. . . . My family is happy that I am going out of state so I can be independent and learn new things on my own. . . . [I decided to come to Michigan] for the education, first of all. It's one of the top colleges in the U.S., and I'll have more opportunities and more choices to major from."
Playing fullback: "Fullbacks are protecting the running backs when they have the ball. Just go around the linemen - let them do their work. One thing I love about fullback is going after everyone else, showing that I'm not scared of anyone."
Increase in level of competition: "I'm not really worried about it. I'm just going to play my normal game. Everybody [at the next level] is going to be the best. But I'm trying to top that and do what I can do to do my best. . . . I look up to [defensive lineman] Haloti Ngata for the Ravens. I'm a big time fan. He always plays to the best of his ability, gives 100% on every play."
Ethnicity, heritage: "Tonga, it's in the Pacific Islands. I was born and raised in Utah; my parents were born and raised back in the islands. They sacrificed a lot to move over here for me and my siblings to have a better life, to have more opportunities to choose from."
Height and weight: "I weigh 220 [pounds] right now; I'm 6'0''. I'm trying to weigh up to 230 or 240, somewhere around there. They [the coaches] said they want me at like 230. They gave me a workout book for last month and this month, I think. It's a challenge to me so I can work harder and get bigger and get to where I want to be."
Redshirting: "We'll see when the time comes. I don't know what I want to do yet."
Senior year injury: "I had a high ankle sprain. I had to sit out a couple games. But at the end of it, it was good because I was healthy when I came back. . . . I'm fully recovered."
Jammin': "I like chilling with my family and friends, and I love to jam. [I play] the Ukulele, but I haven't played in a while."