ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan is now 4-1 after a comeback victory in Evanston over Northwestern.
Now, the Wolverines will shift focus to Maryland, with Michigan hosting the Terrapins for homecoming on Saturday.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is set to meet with the media on Monday for his weekly press conference. WolverinesWire’s Isaiah Hole is live at Schembechler Hall and will share updates below.
The presser is set to begin at 12PM ET.
Follow along with our live-blog below:
- Harbaugh asked if there’s updates on Chris Evans or Rashan Gary: “No updates this morning.” Says he’ll get one this afternoon.
- On Jon Runyan Jr.: “Yeah, good progress. He’s been healthy. He’s stronger this year. Playing with a physical demeanor. He’s always been athletic, but he’s stronger at the point of attack and playing good football.”
- On if this was the offensive line’s best game: “I don’t know if I’d say that. This past game? It was good. I thought the entire team, they were willing to do what it took to win and had the talent to do it. And got it done.”
- Harbaugh said he had overcome larger point deficits in comebacks when asked if it was the biggest comeback he’d faced as a coach.
- Harbaugh says he has a high level of trust in Karan Higdon. “He’s really got the ability to run all the assortment of runs. He’s not in a category where he can only run outside runs or inside runs. He can do both and also pass protect. A high level of trust with Karan in every phase, including ball security.”
- Harbaugh says Higdon’s ball security is “critical.”
- Harbaugh says the receivers downfield have been improved. “It’s been improved. Always strive to get better in every area. That’s an area, so strive to improve on that. I think it’s much improved and we’re playing more physical. There’s already been numerous touchdown blocks by our wide receivers.”
- On Patterson: “A lot. It’s a great feeling as a quarterback to have a comeback win. Says his energy was infectious on the sideline and in the game. As the game was tight and needed a spark, he gave it. When it got closer, he gave more energy and did it himself. Took the ball, took the play into his own hands at times. That intangible, he was chasing the victory and rallying his teammates. Not everybody has that. He showed it.”
- Maryland’s defense is what stands out. “Very highly ranked defense. A lot of speed on defense. Able to put points on the board offensively. Physical team. Very active in the secondary. A lot of team speed in their secondary. A lot of good things. Mondays –your confidence is not real high on a Monday. As you look at your opponent and watch what they do well. That’s why you watch the tape and put your game plan in. Get a little bit more on Tuesday. A little bit more on Wednesday. Hopefully, by Thursday or Friday, we’ll think we have a chance. That’s usually the way your level of confidence grows as you prepare. As you put your plan together in practice. Right now, see a lot of things that are really good in the Maryland team.”
- Higdon’s biggest improvement is the extra yardage after contact. “The biggest improvement I’ve seen from Karan is the extra yardage, the yardage after contact that he’s gaining. If a play’s blocked for two yards, he’s getting four or five. A thing he’s continuing to build on his ability to catch the ball. He’s done that. Been able to turn a four yard gain into a 7, 8 or 9 yard gain. Making the first defender miss or bleed out more yardage. But he’s been consistently good and improved in that area.”
- On Chase Winovich saying the team isn’t getting obvious holds: “You explain the rules, explain what the issues are. But Chase is playing, first of all, Chase is playing at a really high level. 11 tackles, TFL, had 2 sacks. He’s gaining a lot of attention sometimes. If it’s a block or somebody that’s chipping. Or there’s two — one time he had three guys that were paying him attention. That’s ultimate respect for a defensive end or a pass rusher. He’s earned it. He’s all over the field. He was our player of the game again this week. They’re going to cut, try to hold, chip, double team — all those things. Those are ultimate compliments to a defensive end, to a pass rusher. So keep doing what you’re doing, Chase. You’re doing a marvelous job. Really having a sensational start to the first quarter of the season.”
- On the penalties: “We’re concerned about every area of the football program. Anything we can get better at, we’re always asking what we can improve. That’s one of the areas that’s included.”
- On the first quarter: “Both sides of the ball, yeah, they outplayed us in the first quarter. Felt like our team responded the next three.”
- Harbaugh says they’ve emphasized not getting penalties. “Yeah, we have.”
- On the Higdon hold, says he hasn’t gotten an explanation yet.
- Team’s confidence after the comeback: “I think it helps. Helps a lot. A lot of successful seasons where there’s always a win like that. Proud of our guys. Especially on the road.”
- “It’s one of the great words in the English language. A homecoming. A homecoming back, whether it’s a reunion or a get together of a family. That’s one of the top words in the English language.”
That’s it for Harbaugh. Will update with quotes later.