The Michigan Wolverines traveled to Rome last spring, hosting spring practices in the Italian capital. However, it didn’t seem to translate to success on the field, as the team finished a disappointing 8-5.

That meant there were some eyebrows raised when the Wolverines arrived in Paris recently, with many naysayers questioning why an 8-5 team would be rewarded with another international trip.

However, OL Ben Bredeson doesn’t see it that way. He told that this year’s team is completely different and shouldn’t be punished for the shortcomings of the 2017 squad:

“I mean, last year’s team is done and this is this year’s team,” Bredeson said Friday after arriving with teammates at the Westin. “The way I view these trips is they bring the current team together. We just went through spring ball together and this is out last push together before the summer, where you kind of go your own way.

“We’re all on campus, but there aren’t many organized events other than lifts. This is the just biggest team camaraderie event I’ve ever seen, so it’s really important to next year. It’s not a reward for last season. I’d say it’s prep for the next season.”

Instead of practicing in Europe this time around, the Wolverines are just enjoying the sights and camaraderie in France.

However, they’ll likely need to win a couple more games this fall if they want to keep the tradition alive for future generations of Wolverines.