15 Specific Players Jim Harbaugh Mentioned at B1G Media Days

15 Specific Players Jim Harbaugh Mentioned at B1G Media Days

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15 Specific Players Jim Harbaugh Mentioned at B1G Media Days


Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh shared on Monday at Big Ten Media Days his thoughts on several Wolverines heading into 2018.


15 Specific Players Jim Harbaugh Mentioned at B1G Media Days

Sometimes it’s easier to just cut through the B.S. and get to where players are at.

And Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh did just that.

After facing a series of questions at Big Ten Media Days about countless topics, both on the dais and at the podium sessions, Harbaugh had direct thoughts on a multitude of Michigan players heading into 2018.

Here’s what he had to say:

James Hudson

“Going good, going good,” Harbaugh said. “Still work to be done, but there’s real signs there. There’s been times where you go, ‘There it is! This is your position now!’ Getting confident at that, getting even a bit of a chin-bob, like, ‘I’ve got this!’ Still got more to improve on in that area. But, gosh darn, if a guy can do it once, he can do it again. That’s what we keep telling James. ‘Hey, you can do it. Look – there it is. Do that every single time.’

“Perfecting his kick, getting more vertical, as opposed to naturally wanting to slide out to somebody, and then give up an inside move, rather than – ‘Okay, here’s your kick, straight back – be patient. Let him come to you. Keep your head back, and – punch!

“Still developing. But we’ve got a great guy in Ed (Warinner), who’s teaching him all that stuff. Got really high hopes for James. I have no doubt that that’s the right thing. Very, very little doubt that the right position for him is offensive tackle.”

Tyree Kinnel

“Tyree just – he’s a steady guy,” Harbaugh said. “He plays the ball well. He’s got good hands. He can tackle. He’s got courage. Just the kind of guy you want back there at safety, directing people. Not a guy that ever gets emotionally hijacked. He can give the information and is a real level-headed guy. No drama ever. Just all about business. Nothing but good things to say about Tyree. Everybody respects him, everybody likes him. Everybody’s glad he’s on our team. And he’s played all the way from when he first got here. So, hoping for a really good year for Tyree. Pulling hard for him. He’s one of those praying hard, pulling hard for great things to come Tyree’s way.”

Dylan McCaffrey

“Dylan – he’s got a lot of that it factor to him, that winning factor,” Harbaugh said. “It shows up on two-minute drives. Two minute drive, Dylan gets in there and leads the team down for touchdowns. That’s what was happening in the spring. That’s a great quality to have.

“Very athletic, very heady. He’s got that kind of it-thing. He’s still got that 6-5 frame – getting everything coordinated and getting strong so that he can get everything coordinated with the throwing motion. He’s working hard on that. He’s on that path. But, you know, you like everything about him. I thought he improved the most of all the quarterbacks from last season to this season.”

JOsh Uche

“Yeah, I think he’s on that kind of precipice – he could be a complete animal,” Harbaugh said. “He really could be. I’ve seen those signs. Really pulling hard for him for all great things to come his way.

“He’s really been training like that’s what he wants. This could be his time. It really could be.”

Shea Patterson

“Really happy that he is (eligible),” Harbaugh said. “No, personally didn’t spend any time making sure that he was. That was never in my control. The power to influence one way or another. But very happy that he is eligible.

“I think some people have asked – did he practice in the spring. Yes, he did. He was part of spring ball. Did a very good job. He wasn’t eligible yet. I think that threw some people off – that he couldn’t practice until he was deemed eligible. But he did participate in the winter program, the spring program and now the summer program. He’s done a fine job.

“Feel like the quarterbacks have all improved. Overall, I think the position is going to be a much better position. I think the starter will be better as well. And that’s a good thing. Hope for that improvement this season.”

On his acclimation:

“First of all, I don’t think it’s tough to go onto a new team, come into a new team,” Harbaugh said. “Players got a really good antenna. First question is: Is he about us or about himself? Shea’s about the team. I think guys saw that real quick.

“And then the next thing is: who’s the best? Who’s the best player? Who’s going to be the best quarterback? You throw the balls out there, and the guys compete, as they do at every position. Then we all see it. ‘Okay, there’s the best player for our football team.’ Don’t even have to take a vote later. The votes are already in. We see it as it’s taking place. So he’s gotta be the best quarterback to become the starting quarterback.”

Chris Evans and Karan Higdon

“Karan Higdon, Chris Evans – I really think of them as the same – as talented running backs for our football team. They’re going to be asked to carry a heavy load this year again as back one and back one. Also be interested to see who our third back is as far as the football goes.

“Off the field, they’ve been mentoring youngsters, coaching youngsters. They do an incredible job. As a dad who has kids who are that age – 5 and 7 and 9. They relate so well to the young kids. They really make it fun and productive. They teach. And really, really have done a fantastic job. Great job with their time management, as far as participating in all the football obligations that they have, the school obligations that they have. What they’re doing in their foundations, their endeavors off the field, as well.

“Highly impressive – what they’ve done.”

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