Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to the media on Monday afternoon from Schembechler Hall in Ann Arbor ahead of Saturday’s game at Indiana for his weekly press conference. Below is a full recap of the topics he covered with the Wolverines sitting at 8-2 with two games to play.
The Wolverines and Hoosiers kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday from Bloomington. The game will be broadcast via ESPN.
- Harbaugh opened by answering a question on linebacker Cam McGrone and complimented his role and development.
- Tight end Sean McKeon “had a terrific game” and did a really good job blocking. “He had a terrific game... means a lot to have him back.”
- Complimented Indiana head coach Tom Allen on the job he has done building the Indiana program. “Very good by formation. Different calls to get to same defense. He’s got a lot of enthusiasm and is really focused as a coach and I think that rubs off on his football team.”
- Harbaugh says that Indiana is going to be tough to beat, but that he believes his team is going to be tough to beat as well.
- Quarterback Shea Patterson and wide receiver Ronnie Bell were named the offensive players of the game. Cornerbacks Ambry Thomas and Lavert Hill were the defensive players of the game. Kicker Quinn Nordin and linebacker Khaleke Hudson were the players of the game on special teams.
- Harbaugh said that an inquiry was sent in to the Big Ten on why Tarik Black was flagged for taunting after a flex on the field after a big play. “It would be good to get some clarity.”
- Expanded on Hudson’s punt block and and “how he has a knack” for getting back there. Based on the statistics that they could dig up, Hudson has the most blocked punts in the history of the program.
- Harbaugh on Indiana’s offense: “It’s as challenging as any offense in the Big Ten. Receivers are dynamic, can make big plays down the field. Quick fast, can catch the ball and run with it.”
- Asked about Gattis’ growth, Harbaugh says what he says every week and that he is doing a good job and is a student of the game.
- On the response from Bell after the Penn State game, Harbaugh says: “Practices every practice, plays in every game. Wide awake in every meeting. Attacks every day determined to improve and get better.”
- Harbaugh does not expect his team to look ahead to Ohio State.
- Line of the day came when Harbaugh said there was no turning point for Michigan’s breakout this season: “You can’t plant potatoes one day and expect to eat potato salad the next day.”
- Wide receiver blocking has been a huge focus for the team and the performance on Saturday was “huge” in the MSU game.
Saturday’s game from Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.