Harbaugh Discusses Michigan's 13 Penalties Against SMU

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Harbaugh Discusses Michigan's 13 Penalties Against SMU

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Harbaugh Discusses Michigan's 13 Penalties Against SMU

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — On Saturday, in Michigan’s 45-20 win over SMU, the Wolverines had an astounding 13 penalty calls for 137 total yards. Some were, of course, the correct calls, but there were several that seemed either borderline at best, or wrong entirely.

In the latter category, for instance, there was the pass interference call on the penultimate play of the first half, levied upon Michigan safety Josh Metellus. Yet, it seemed as if Metellus hadn’t gotten to the receiver until after the ball arrived.

Thankfully for Metellus, he was in position to jump the next throw and take it back to the house for seven.

After the game, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh discussed the penalties called against his team and how the team will work to shore things up with Big Ten play opening next Saturday.

“We had two on offense – one a holding penalty on Tru, and a false start on Zach and maybe Juwann — that definitely one was legit,” Harbaugh said. “I didn’t see the Tru penalty.

“You just go back and evaluate them, look at the technique, what they’re being taught and take each one of them and address them through coaching, through discipline. There’s some, there’s gonna be a couple, yeah, I don’t agree with them now, and I don’t think I’ll change my mind when I see the tape. But, you wait until you see that and also turn them into the Big Ten office – get their feedback. That helps us address them.”

Of course, though, the Michigan head coach had plenty he didn’t agree with.

Asked which calls seemed to be most egregious, Harbaugh says it was obvious to him that some of the refs calls were myopic, at best. He gave one example, but also said that the coaching staff has to work to make sure that the team’s fundamentals are sound so that, going forward, they can take it out of the refs’ hands as much as possible.

“The one with Aidan Hutchinson at the end,” Harbaugh said. “That seemed like the quarterback was throwing, leaning back and throwing it out of bounds, he’s going to land on his back. I don’t think he drove him, pulled him back and drove him down into the ground. He was just one step away and tackled him. Saw that one pretty clear.

“But, the point is, you address each one. I know some of them were penalties and penalties are hurting us. That’s something we have to clean up and get better at. So, you address each of them – the technique that we’re using, the discipline that we have. Get ’em corrected, get ’em coached and improve. Don’t want 13 penalties in a game. I don’t think anybody does.”

But, not all penalties are created equal. One stands above all others, and that’s because it has lasting effects.

Michigan VIPER Khaleke Hudson was ejected in the third quarter for a personal foul call which was deemed targeting on a review.

As far as Harbaugh sees it, there’s something of a slippery slope there, especially because it wasn’t something that the refs saw in real time. The call, he says, came from up above.

But, most of all, he intimates that it’s a football play that is essentially unavoidable.

“My thought on that is that’s — I don’t know,” Harbaugh said. “Are we going down that road where we’re going to review every play in that box area? Running backs are going to be going through there and lowering their head and defenders – it’s this battle to see who can get lower. And when you have a runner versus a tackler – interesting. It wasn’t a call from the field, that came from the booth. It seems like a really high level of scrutiny to be placing on playing between the tackles. That’s my thoughts.”

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