by Jonathan Oosting |
Friday July 25, 2008, 6:08 PM

Former University of Michigan linebacker Larry Foote spent his offseason working out in Ann Arbor with the new Rich Rodriguez regime, and he liked what he saw.

"It's gonna be a different team this year," he said Friday to WDFN-AM's Stoney and Wojo on their annual Radiothon fundraiser. "They still need a little more talent, but they're going to shock a lot of people this year just by the mental and physical conditioning they're doing."

"I'm telling you, it's going to be a dynasty created."

Foote, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, was joined in Ann Arbor by a number of former U-M players including Braylon Edwards, James Hall and, surprisingly, Tyrone Wheatley and spent considerable time working under new strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis.

"He's a freak," Foote said of Barwis, who doggedly challenged him to beat his running times. "He's a little nutso. He used to do the ultimate fighting, so the guys got some screws loose."

Listen to the full interview to hear Foote talk about his dream about the Detroit Lions' record (it wasn't a nightmare), his thoughts on the Steelers' upcoming season and the Michigan State "gremlins" that keep messing with his phone: