Harbaugh Breaks Down the Best Players of Fall Camp 10 Days In

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Harbaugh Breaks Down the Best Players of Fall Camp 10 Days In

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Harbaugh Breaks Down the Best Players of Fall Camp 10 Days In

ANN ARBOR, Mich — Michigan now has ten days under its belt in fall camp, and the players are starting to separate themselves — the starters from the second rotation and so on.

Just like any camp anywhere, every year, the excitement started high, but it eventually tapers off once the dog days of late summer really start to settle in.

That’s precisely how Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh sees it, and he explains how the experience differs for players from the start of camp moving into the middle of the month-long grind fest.

Drawing an analogy to golf, he shared how, once players really settle in, that’s when the separation of the likely contributors really starts to take place.

“I would say, historically, training camp, that first week, a lot of guys come out of the gates, almost like one of those Tour de France bike races, where you see everybody pedaling hard,” Harbaugh said. “The sprint is on. But you get to that second weekend, and it starts to go uphill. Each individual guy, they start to battle the challenge that’s in front of them. They’ve got to do something day after day after day. Not always – sometimes feeling sore and tired. The sun is doing its job. It’s shaping the body and carving the mind.

“And there’s no question when you get into that day eight-nine-ten-eleven-twelve-thirteen that there’s some that are meeting that challenge just mentally, inside of their own head, better than others. I liken it to golf. We talk about Saturday being moving day – you specifically asked about roster spots and starting positions – that’s what this week’s about. It’s moving day. Some guys are moving up, some guys are moving down. But the sharp (minded) guys, are looking around and seeing an opportunity to be had.”

While those are great generalities, who has taken moving day seriously? Who’s stepped up?

A number of players, Harbaugh says. Of course, many are the usual suspects, guys that everyone and their brother would anticipate being big time players for Michigan this upcoming season.

But, in what should be music to many’s ears, he said one position group in particular is really starting to stand out, and listed another that’s doing the same — and those are units that were problem areas for the Wolverines a year ago.

“So many different positions, guys are jumping out and playing really well,” “Devin Bush is one of the fastest linebackers I’ve ever been around or seen. Everybody on the team has an incredible example in Rashan Gary. To see him running to the ball play after play after play – and understand that he’s running as fast as many of the skill guys that are thinking they’re a little sore. And he’s doing it at 300-pounds. It’s incredible. The mindset is there, the attitude is tremendous. And he wants to be one of the best.

“So many positions. Chase Winovich continues to do at a very high level. Khaleke Hudson has really emerged as a top-flight player. Our corners are extremely good. Safeties as well. So many players are emerging. (Noah) Furbush – a lot of guys. Offensively, as well as defensively.

“Today, we had one of those 9-on-7s that warms the cockles of the heart. One of the good things about a 9-on-7 is that you don’t have to see it to know it’s good. You hear the plastic. You can hear a good 9-on-7 drill – both sides there were – it was popping.

“The offensive line, I really believe, is getting better. Ed Warinner is doing a terrific job. Maybe talk about some of the other positions – Chris Evans, Karan Higdon have emerged as leaders on the offensive side of the ball. Along with Gentry, McKeon. Receiving positions – some of the guys you think will be good are playing good football. And there’s some receivers that are really also emerging – I’m going to keep them under the radar right now, because – we’ll see if they can keep stacking some days, especially this week. This week, the second going onto the third week.

“Quarterback position – there’s been great competition there. Maybe – you talk about the competition making each other better at the position – it may be no more evident than at the quarterback position. Very happy how that’s progressing. Seeing good things, seeing really good things, throughout the roster.”

Harbaugh continued beyond that assessment to single out one player as being perhaps the hardest working on the team.

It should surprise nobody who’s followed this team since Harbaugh took the reins in 2015 that said player is a former walk-on, hailing from the Aurora (IL) area, who has a familiar last name of Glasgow.

It was a similar story in 2015, when now-Detroit Lions center Graham Glasgow was an anchor in the middle of Michigan’s offensive line, years after being a former walk-on. The next year, his brother, Ryan Glasgow, now a Cincinnati Bengal — was maybe the Wolverines best player on the defensive line.

Now the youngest of the Glasgow clan is continuing to make a name for himself, and has thoroughly impressed his head coach in the process.

“Jordan Glasgow – it just hits you every day,” Harbaugh said. “He just takes every play – he goes hard every play. And he knows his assignment. As a coach, those are the two things you look for. Any football team, you stress the most – the thing we stress the most here is – that’s what you coach. That’s what we want you to do. We want you to play hard every single play, and know your assignments and do your job. And nobody does it better than Jordan Glasgow. Plus, he’s not just really doing it on the defensive side, but you toot the whistle, and go to special teams. And you see him covering the kickoff at 40 yards, and you flip it around on the punt, and you’re going another 40 yards – as hard as he can go on every play. It’s good stuff.”

Fall camp will continue until August 27, when Michigan will formally turn its focus on Notre Dame in earnest, with a Week One kickoff set in South Bend at 7:30PM on September 1.

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